On this day, in which I turn aged twenty-eight, I find it appropriate that the financial markets are tanking. Having contemplated momentous events which have occurred in the past on this date, a huge stock market crash seems apt and altogether fitting. I've always had a rush of contradictory feeling on the day of my birth and this year is no exception. I am one year closer to thirty, a milestone I must admit in my younger years I thought I would never live to see. Those who I talk to who are older than me have had encouraging things to say, telling me that thirties are far more comforting times than twenties, which are fraught with confusion and abject selfishness. At twenty-one, I wouldn't have understood what they were saying. Now, closer to the end of the spectrum then the beginning, I see what they mean and hope their advice comes to pass.
Since I've been up here, I haven't wanted to blog much about politics. Right now, with a severe recession in our future and no end in sight to a growing sense of pessimism, I'd rather not contribute my voice. Virginia, which is due south of here is an all important swing state so the television inundates us every few seconds with either an Obama ad or a McCain ad. As the economy continues to worsen and the question becomes not if we are headed to a recession, but how pronounced a recession this will be, I enjoy distancing myself a bit from the political banter on both sides. This has gone on far too long. For the first six months, this Presidential race was exciting and altogether thrilling. Now, it's exhausting. So what I'm going to do instead is enjoy myself as best I can and appreciate a change of scenery.