Yes, you are correct. That is in fact the day of the eighteenth anniversary of my birth. Most people would be creeped out to have a friday the thirteenth birthday, however, it really just gives me more reason to celebrate. Pretty much the best eighteenth birthday ever. In lieu of my upcoming birthday as well as my dear Macy’s birthday, I’m going to begin brainstorming party plans and such. Be prepared. It’s going to happen and it’s going to be a joyous time for sure. My recent internet shopping obsession is a serious problem, but I’m turning it into something positive. Of course. Would you expect any less? No way. So here it is. Every year since, well, forever, people will ask me ‘Oh Jennifer, your birthday is coming up. What should I get you?’ and my response has always been relatively indecisive and useless because the person most often really just wants to know what I want for my birthday. It’d be nice if you could register at stores for birthdays and Christmas and such, like they do for wedding and baby showers, so that people who just want to get you something that you actually want, can. So, my brilliant, extremely self-centered idea, is that I’m going to begin compiling things I want, here, on le blog with, here’s the catch, with links. I know, I know, I’m this brilliant naturally. Mostly, I want to keep a literal list of things I cannot live without for when I get my first paycheck (which reminds me, I need to write about my job). So here’s the first item that I would absolutely love to have. Have a beautiful week. Oh, and Regina Spektor is going to be on SNL this week. Can I get a woot woot?
More than a million of us were dubbed Jennifer within the span of just fifteen years. From a place of relative obscurity, the name grew on a wave of sudden and unprecedented popularity. We’re starting to learn that the effects of this phenomenon were not entirely trivial. Now as an adult, Jennifer has become targeted as the highly sought after demographic of Generation X. In the business press, we are actually known as The Jennifer Demographic or Jen-eration and are told that “focus should be almost entirely on Jennifer right now as habits of all other segments pale in comparison to hers.”
Most of us have some desire to feel unique, as though we have some authentic expression that is exclusively our own. So when the culture spins out the next trend based on you and your name, it is difficult to make sense of what is genuine. Maybe one truth that my Jen-eration makes visible is the simple reminder that we act collectively, often without even knowing it. Done with the right spirit, this can sometimes be the only way to act. —Jennifer Khoshbin
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