Wow, I really did not expect all of this. What I originally thought was going to be another drab year of counting my days down to my big 3-0-only to celebrate my "it only goes downhill from there" (say my friends) moment at the Cheesecake Factory-actually turned out to be more than anything I could have imagined. This was my biggest year in terms of being challenged. I dealt with personal hardships, did a bit of soul-searching and traveled halfway across the world to clear my mind and bring my focus back. I needed this "epic" year to happen.
It all sort of happened around May, during a time when I just wanted to say "f' it all" and just go somewhere. That somewhere turned out to be a road trip to Vegas with some close friends of mine and man, did we do it up. Alas, you know what they always say about Vegas-you can never say what you did in Vegas because what happened in Vegas never really happened in the first place, right? Right. After that it, was back-to-back flights to hit up a couple Formula D events and the big Nisei Showoff, but then I booked this off-the-wall trip to Thailand to satisfy my curiosity.
What better way to really say goodbye to my 20s and enter the realm of "creepy old guy" than with a roundtrip pass to a land where $200 U.S. can produce a custom-tailored suit and for an extra $80, three dress shirts, also custom-made? Thailand, baby. Where the Honda Jazz (the Fit, as it's known around these parts) rules the land with a couple Nissan S13s sprinkled in for good measure-yep, still Thailand, baby. A supremely beautiful country with devastatingly spicy food (and women!) and a dissatisfying taste for all things simply unpronounceable; that was my Thailand experience. And when I got back, I was told I'd be given the opportunity to take control of the magazine that I have devoted the last nine years of my life to. I don't think it gets any better than that, and you can rest assured that the magazine now has my undivided attention. What can I say-my 30th year turned out to be the best year of my life!
So, as we close out another year of Super Street and prepare to embark on another, let me say that it has been a blast and a true honor to grow up with you in this very magazine. It's like being a child actor in some ways, minus the massive paychecks and residuals. May we always forge ahead with "epic" on our minds. I know I will!Jonathan Wong firstname.lastname@example.org
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