My 28th Birthday

23 Aug


This last week, I turned 28. It was an eventful week of fun activities and memorable moments. I got to hang out with various family members and friends during the course of the week. Most importantly, I viewed my birthday as another new chapter in my life.

On Friday, August 14th, I attended the Bruce Hornsby concert at Boarding Housing Park in Lowell with my cousin Kaylene and her boyfriend Kent Taylor. Like me, Kent and Kaylene are both avid Bruce Hornsby fans and naturally, I accepted their invitation to the concert back in April. Kent and I were just a few feet from the legend himself. Bruce played an amazing combination of both his newer songs and classic hits such as “The Way It Is,” “Mandolin Rain,” and “The Valley Road.” He also had a great backing band to create the wonderful combination of musical versatility. Bruce himself is very adept at playing instruments, including the piano (his primary instrument) and the Appalachian  folk dulcimer. Hornsby also told amusing anecdotes about his personal life, including the fact that his son Russell doesn’t really like the school aspect of life. This inspired Hornsby to write a song about his son’s encounters in school. We all had a wonderful time at the concert and it was an experience I’ll never forget. On the way home from the concert, I introduced Kaylene and Kent to the music of The Lone Bellow, an alternative country/folk/roots rock band. I hope to see The Lone Bellow in concert someday.


The next day, I had a birthday party at my summer home in Marshfield. I got to see many friends and family, including my brother Brian, Brian’s girlfriend Amanda Smith, cousins Matt, Luke, Pat, and Henry, Aunt Noreen and Uncle Chuck, Brian’s friend Rich Kei, and Rich’s girlfriend Meg Mahoney. I also got to meet a new female companion of Matt’s named Danielle, whom Matt met through week. She is a very nice person and got along really well with me and my relatives and friends. The beach weather was nice that day and it is always fun to socialize with company at the beach. The food  for my birthday consisted of chicken parm calzones, hamburgers, Chinese and chicken sausages, and a chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. My birthday gifts consisted of items such as Ray-Ban sunglasses from Brian and Amanda, Shipyard Pumpkinhead beer and Nordstorm gift certificates from Matt and Danielle, Vineyard Vines clothes and a picture frame of me and Ollie, Meg’s white golden retriever, and birthday cards from Noreen, Aunt Kathy and Nana, and Uncles Larry and Kevin.


Sunday morning was an interesting birthday week day for me. I got to see my cousins Luke, Chuck, and Henry, the three sons of Noreen and Chuck. That morning, I got to meet Chuck and his girlfriend Alice’s black Pomeranian, Gumshi. Gumshi means “black” in Korean. He is a very friendly dog and pretty easy to handle. Gumshi is not much of a barker and seems to like being held by me. I love meeting new dogs and I do hope to get a dog that is similar in temperament and size to Gumshi.


Finally, my actual birthday arrived on Tuesday, August 18. I reached my 28th year in my life. I received plenty of well wishes on Facebook, in email, and in texts. My favorite birthday post on my Facebook wall came from a photo that Amanda posted of her golden retriever, Summer wishing me a happy birthday with a sign that was placed onto her front body. I went out to eat at Assaggio in the North End with my family. I had a great chicken parm dinner with salad on the side and white wine as my drink of my choice. My parents also got to visit Brian’s new apartment in the North End on Commercial Street and got to visit the rooftop of the apartment as well. The night concluded with my family singing “Happy Birthday” to me and I had a delicious birthday cake dessert of a chocolate mint cake from Lakota Bakery in Arlington. In my 28th year, I do look forward to gaining even more new friends and hope to pursue more career activities and opportunities.

13 Responses to “My 28th Birthday”

  1. virtuen August 23, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

    Sounds like you had a great birthday, Scott! Time flies, doesn’t it? I hope one day we’ll get to celebrate with you.

  2. slentine2010 August 24, 2015 at 12:12 am #

    Time does fly by indeed, Nancy! I wonder what my 30th birthday party in two years will be like.

  3. susansenator August 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    I love that Pomeranian!! I’m so glad you got to meet a new, cute doggy for your birthday!

  4. Roz Warren August 24, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    Great post. I’m going to check out The Lone Bellow.

  5. slentine2010 August 26, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    I know that I first heard of The Lone Bellow since my singer friend Bevin Vigneau loves that band. I love going to concerts.

  6. rainperry September 2, 2015 at 4:34 am #

    Sounds like a great birthday! Happy birthday, Scott!

  7. Vic Leone September 2, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    Happy belated Birthday wishes Scott. Look forward to seeing you at Leone’s

  8. Full Spectrum Mama September 2, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    You seem like a lucky dude. Happy birthday!

  9. mom-nos September 6, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Scott! Sounds like it was a great one!

  10. Jim Smith September 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    Great to see your birthday blog.
    Wow, you get around.
    You are awesome
    Jimmay Smith

  11. Judy Jones October 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    As always, Scott, this was fantastic! Actually, I have just started my day by reading your blog and I’m sure that no other experience will be better than hearing your story. Keep up the great work!!!!

    Judy Jones

  12. Alphonso Johnson October 8, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Hi Scott, I am always impressed at how much you seem to squeeze into every precious day. Thank you for your friendship and I’m looking forward to your next adventure. You Inspire Me !

  13. rachelsimonauthor January 13, 2016 at 3:04 am #

    Happy belated birthday! Sounds like a wonderfully memorable occasion.

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