37° 43'N   119° 35' W

orbit \ ôrbət\ (noun); the curved path of a celestial object or spacecraft around a star, planet, or moon, especially a periodic elliptical revolution.

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                         

yesterday was my birthday. there were no cakes. no presents, no ceremonies. the first day of my thirty second spin around the sun was spent inside six tonnes of slow moving metal, darting in and out of turnouts on roads designed for video games. unfurling alongside bitumen ribbons, stitched with yellow and white thread into a landscape jacked up on steroids. sipping powdered hot cocoa the americans make too sweet. building our first campfire.

before this day, three and a bit decades ago, i did not know the taste of air.

yesterday i got to drink it spiced with pine and smoke.