I have an absolute load of homework that I have to get done tonight, so, naturally, I’ve decided that writing my blog post should be my #1 priority.
Tomorrow is my 17th birthday and so I’ve tried to come up with the best or most memorable experiences of each age.
1- First year of life woooo!
2- The year I got Monk. Monk was a big purple stuffed monkey. This may seem silly, but Monk was my ride or die companion and respected member of the Gunner family until I was like 9 years old.
3- Can’t say that anything big happened this year (that I can remember), but I liked Cheerios a lot so there’s that I guess.
4- My first Texas Rangers game. Being a young baseballer from Texas, this was quite the milestone for me. I’ve been told that I repeated the phrase, “let’s go rangers” so loudly and repeatedly that the people seated in front of us had to relocate.
5- First T-Ball home run. Can’t say that any of the players were able to catch the ball or throw the ball, and I was hitting off of a tee; but man did I crush that baby. This happened to be the beginning of my very illustrious athletic career.
6- This is the age when I moved from Fort Worth, Texas to Mariemont, Ohio. You can take a boy out of Texas, but I’ll be damned if I don’t still have a little bit of Texas left in me.
7- This marks the year when I started playing football. I was quite a rotund little boy, and coined the nickname “bowling ball” from my coaches; I definitely felt like a hotshot when I was asked to play with the older kids. Football has been a huge part of my life and has brought me so much happiness ever since then.
8- Really nothing major at this age other than the vivid memories I have of being one of those weird kids who chose to spend their recesses digging in the dirt rather than playing sports like everyone else.
9- This is year held the first election that I can remember from my lifetime. I didn’t know how to feel when the generally conservative population around me acted like this marked the end of the world, but hey- we’re all still here now and Obama seems like a pretty cool dude.
10- My first GameCube. I had been begging for one, and my dude Santa finally came through that Christmas. Hours of Mario Cart and Super Smash Bros with my buddies ensued .
11- I’ll never forget when my friend Matt Kane took me to my first Cincinnati Cyclones game. I instantly fell in love with the sport and was on the ice playing within the same year.
12- Who could forget junior high? Mrs. Skinner, awkward body changes, Digital Arts with a slightly too friendly teacher, and, of course, nudes scandals.
13- This is how old I was when my best buddy Owen introduced me to longboarding (like skateboarding but… longer). This launched me into the classic “skater boy” phase.
14- Ah yes, the return to the bottom of the food chain as a Freshman in high school. Getting my first taste of the Friday night lights, gory presentations in Health class, and meeting my mentor, Kurry Commins, are some of the highlights to this year.
15- The best thing that happened this year has to be adopting my dog Chips. There’s nothing like the bond between a man and his dog. Nothing brightens my day like coming home to his ferocious tail wags.
16- It’s been a great year, but getting my license is the only right answer for this one. Earning the freedom to drive is a magical thing.
17- Let’s get it