On this day, July 21st, 2008, I have reached the age of 30.

Looking into the mirror this morning, I strained in search of signs of my body’s increasing decrepitude and infirmity. With some chagrin, I noted the dark areas and wrinkles beneath my eyes, as well as the budding harvest of gray hairs that crown my head with shame. Certain images came to mind as I pondered my body’s inexorable march toward physical decay…

I have to say that, in all seriousness, my 30th birthday finds me in a healthy, happy spirit. I am married to a beautiful, insightful, loving woman who shares and reinforces the values I live by. I am a part of a dynamic, committed church community that rewards and enriches my life in many ways. God has blessed me with a stable career that I love (this is a particularly sweet blessing, given that the first half of my twenties was marked by failure and unhappiness in my professional life). My relationship with God is peaceful and renewing these days, and my intellectual pursuits challenge and inspire me. I love being with my family, I deeply enjoy the company of my friends, and, somewhat less importantly, I have two cats.

Having said all that, it’s important to note that none of that means a thing without this blog. The John Larroquette Project is indisputably the most important thing in my life, without which I would have driven into a ravine years ago.

Seriously people, without this website I am nothing.

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17 Responses to Thirty.

  1. Adam says:

    Happy Birthday Peter!

  2. Guy Incognito says:

    Is now the wrong time to bring up that your blog has reverted back to its old design (at least for me it has), with the blue field, and black sidebar, with the picture of you sans beard, and clearly not 30.

  3. scott says:

    happy birthday, you are an inspiration to us all!

    also, i look forward to reading about the latest adventures of Brogan tomorrow!

  4. Kevin S. says:

    Happy birthday you son of a bitch.

  5. Unspar says:

    From retirement to blog-dependence in a matter of days. Beautiful. You’re at the peak of your game, sir.

    And happy birthday…!

  6. tim hopps says:

    happy 30th, peter. now if you can have the same sunny attitude when you turn 40, i’ll really be impressed.

  7. Thom says:

    Really, Peter….face it…without a blog, a person will never make a mark on the world or even be able to prove they exist. Not even to God.

    Happy Birthday.

  8. Guy Incognito says:

    Ha! I think this is the strongest argument for God’s non-existence.
    If God really exists, and if he really is God, then where is his blog??? Can’t answer that, can you?

  9. Roger says:

    If there’s a God, why does he allow bad blogs?

  10. Thom says:

    I agree with Guy. Of course, if He did have a blog? He’d probably just link to other blogs, being to busy to come up with actual content of His own.

  11. Guy Incognito says:

    Okay, seriously, is anyone else seeing this blog in its old design? Or is it just me?

    I’m starting to fear that I may have gone back in time…

  12. peter says:

    Guy, scroll down along my sidebar to where it says “Switch Theme”, then click on 3rd Edition.

  13. Guy Incognito says:

    Ahhh… There’s no such link. I must’ve been transported back in time to just BEFORE you added that link!
    What am I going to do???

  14. Guy Incognito says:

    Oh, praise God! I’m back in 2008!
    Wow, much has changed since I was here last…
    Anyway, thank you Peter. Thank you for transporting me back!

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