Today Is My Birthday

I have lived on this six-sextillion-tons of dirt called Earth for 16,437 days. So, how old am I?




If you guessed 45, then technically, you are correct. However, I am actually 35, the year I stopped aging…something we vampires eventually get used to.

In all seriousness though, I am grateful to be vertical and ventilating. I am happy to be surrounded by the love of family and friends. I am privileged, through the use of all of my faculties, to be able to experience the miraculous splendor of our beautiful world.

To those who poured their hearts and souls into facilitating my continued growth and development, thank you.

Now, here are some facts you may not know about me.

I am actually better looking in person than I am in my pictures.

  • Just kidding…well, sorta.

I am a licensed helicopter pilot.ย 

  • Once while departing an airport, I forgot to program my GPS to my next destination and resorted to landing my chopper in an elementary schoolyard to the bewilderment of excited kids and nervous teachers. I was only a few months into flying the aircraft and had not learned to fly while at the same time inputting information into my navigation system.

I played the bass guitar professionally for several years.

  • I have played for/with Grammy-nominated producer and multi-instrumentalist Kelvin Wooten; American jazz pianist Rickie Monet; Kenn Orr, Anita Wilson, Michelle Prather, Jonathan Nelson, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and many others.

I met my wife on a Christmas day in New Orleans when I was 19 years old.

  • So, here is the official account. I had a round trip booked from the Virgin Islands to New Orleans. I had every intention to go back to my Island after my vacation came to an end, but I was smitten. I eventually returned to my homeland with a wife and twin daughters.ย 

I was kidnapped as a toddler.

  • No kidding here. I was snatched and went missing for 48 hours. I will share the details of this ordeal with you at some later time.

I was once involved in a police chase.

  • Okay, the scenario is not what you are thinking. The cop did not have his lights on, so I tried to evade him. When the officer caught up to me at a stop sign, he turned on his lights and commanded on his loud speaker: “Turn off your vehicle and step out of the vehicle!” The cop, however, knew my dad and let me off with a warning. I was 17…smh (shaking my head).

My appreciation for the English language started after getting an F on a writing assignment.

  • Thank you, Dr. Anna Hall.

I have political aspirations.

  • I will, one day, become the governor of the Virgin Islands.




32 thoughts on “Today Is My Birthday

  1. Love!!! I hit like early, at the vampire bit. :))) Happy birthday, Josiah!! You’re one amazing guy! And looking very joyful and well, too, I might add. Celebration time! ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŽถโšก๏ธ๐ŸคฉโœŒ๏ธ

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  2. Happy birthday Josiah.
    I see downtown San Jose in distance.
    Is this photo from Rancho San Antonio?
    Be safe.
    Be well.
    Forrest ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Happy Birthday! I loved this post. Iโ€™ve been on this planet 93 days longer than you but havenโ€™t had half as many interesting things happen. How did your parents get you back? Looking forward to hearing the whole story.

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    1. Robin, thank you. โ˜บ๏ธ Itโ€™s awesome how our Earth days closely align. Being in the land of the living makes our lives and stories intriguing. Iโ€™ll eventually share the entire account of how I was found.

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  4. I loved this post. It was great to learn more about you. I’m going to have to find out more about that kidnapping. And probably that F on your paper.

    Happy birthday!

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