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What I Really Want For My Birthday

I think it’s fair to say that I’m a little bit of a complainer. I like to joke about the misery of life, the downfalls of my own character, and the general incompetence of those around me. But hey, that’s just me having a good time.

So, I don’t want to get all soft and fuzzy right now, but I wanted to take a second and just acknowledge how undeniably lucky I have been. I have a loving family, great friends (for the most part), wonderful colleagues, a compelling profession, and am in good health (except for my liver, and recently, my thumb.)

I’ve never been a birthday person because I feel weird having attention on me just because of something that two consenting adults did a long time ago, and I always have a hard time telling people what I want for my birthday because, frankly, I don’t need a lot.

But this year I do want something. I’d like to to something good for a world that has treated me kindly.

A charity was brought to my attention last Christmas by John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats on a place that is very near and dear to my heart: Twitter. He is my spirit animal and his album “The Sunset Tree,” has always touched me because of how deeply personal it felt.

This charity is called Next Door and their website is

They are a great organization that provides services to women and children that are victims of domestic violence, a serious problem that jus won’t seem to go away.

So, here is what I’m asking. If you have any amount of money you want to give to this cause, please go to and donate now. Then, find me on twitter @theyearofelan and let me know how much you donated and then I will match it.

I will match all donations up until we hit $2,500.00. So, together we can raise $5,000.00 tomorrow and sponsor a family in need for an entire year worth of healthy and safety services.

I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty cool. And also I think it’s important.

So, please help me celebrate my birthday and do something really amazing for a family in need.

Thanks and I love you even if you don’t do anything. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

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