Party Like it’s 1993

Each year for my birthday I usually get myself a ridiculous present. It’s usually something that I don’t need but really, really want. Over the years I’ve gotten myself a tattoo, an iPhone, and a beautiful blue bag. This year, I got myself some time and peace of mind. It is the best birthday gift I’ve gotten myself in a long while. For the first time in my freelance career I had to quit a client. It sucked. Hard. And I still have some residual anxiety over the event, but last night I slept my ass off for the first time in like three weeks. Now that I’m old, sleep is the greatest gift ever.

Anyway, I keep joking about how today is the 20th anniversary of my 21st birthday, and I’ve vowed to party like it’s 1993 all over again. I’m sure my forty-one-year-old body is thankful that I didn’t even get drunk on my birthday in 1993. I had my first legal drink at a bar called the Rock Spring. With my parents. Because I am a nerd and didn’t have very many friends in 1993. I saved all the debauchery for my 22nd birthday. Oh, the memory of it still hurts.

What I did have (or would soon have) in 1993 was a lot of damn good music to listen to. I’ve mentioned it before that 1993 was the best year in GenX’s musical life & I’m sticking to it.

In my honor I will be listening to my favorite selections from 1993 including: Matthew Sweet’s “Altered Beast,” Liz Phair’s “Exile in Guyville,” Pearl Jam’s “Vs.,” Uncle Tupelo’s “Anodyne,” and even though it came out in 1992 it still reminds me of 1993, The Gin Blossoms’ criminally underrated “New Miserable Experience.”

Related: look at how damn dreamy Matthew Sweet was in 1993 singing my very favorite Matthew Sweet song.

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  1. Suzy 06.Jun.13 at 7:47 pm

    Happy Birthday! Hope this anniversary of your 21st is especially wonderful.

    1. Jodi 07.Jun.13 at 8:31 am

      Thank you! It’s been delightfully mellow, which is nice since last year was a big shebang.

  2. Bonny Holder 07.Jun.13 at 10:47 am

    Happy birthday, Jodi. Remember the year everybody sent you flowers — maybe to your office? That was fun! I’d do it again. xoxoxox from New Mexico

  3. t 09.Jun.13 at 7:32 pm

    Belated birthday greetings! I hope you find the day enjoyable.

    1. Jodi 09.Jun.13 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you! It was a lovely day.

  4. Doug 10.Jun.13 at 11:08 pm

    Belated felicitations on the anniversary of your birth!

    The boys from Tempe must have been in the cultural gestalt last week, as I posted something about the Gin Blossoms… after hearing them as supermarket muzak. (The album did come out in ’92 but didn’t catch on until ’93, so you are completely within your rights to include it in such company. Not that you needed justification for something you already did, but… uh… yeah.)


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