Tomorrow will be my 37th birthday. Here are five things which have changed since I turned 27:

  • Downloads have completely replaced DVD and VHS.
  • MP3s (and iTunes / iPods) have completely replaced CDs and cassette tapes.
  • Air travel is now a complete pain in the ass.
  • Two words: gray hair.
  • My knees, back, and metabolism are now constantly things to be considered before attempting just about anything.

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