On the Occasion of My 43rd Birthday

SuperheroBasement250 I have been fortunate enough to live on this planet and learn every day for 43 years. I do feel old. My body is stiff and sore. My eyes get tired fast. My hairline is slowly receding back. There is more white in my beard than any other color. And I love it.

But, because of this passage of time, I found myself thinking of my childhood, my very nerdy and weird and quirky childhood. And I thought of some of the stories that would never likely see the light of day, made from normal moments, and sometimes imagined moments. And I started writing. And writing and writing. And I put together an entire book of (not really) poems. And I’m going to stuff this in the Kindle store, but because it’s my birthday, I wanted to give you a copy for free. Because that seems right. Gifts to you on my birthday. : )

If you see the awesome artwork at the top of the post (supplied by his awesomeness, Josh Fisher), click it and that’ll take you straight to a pdf file. If you want to download it, simply right-click or command click and select “save as” and you can download it onto your whatever or read it at your leisure on your computer.

It’s nerdy stuff. It’s fun for me to have written it. It might resonate with you in some way or another. The references are obscure. You’ll either feel like we shared a similar childhood or you’ll be lost and feel like I am speaking another language. Either way, I win!

The book is here. Enjoy.


The book is now live in the Kindle store on Amazon. If you’ve read the book, would you consider writing me a review? : )

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  • http://twitter.com/bcoelho2000 Bruno Coelho

    Thank you for the gift Chris!

    Reading your poems there was two key moments.

    The first one was a “I-Can’t-Believe-This-ME-TOO” moment when I read the “shitting myself” poem. Only mine was more related with peeing myself! I was really young at the time (the kind of young where the “teachers” tell us to sleep in the afternoon). So everyone was already sleeping in a big room when I asked (in a very soft voice so I wouldn’t wake up my friends of course) if I could go to the bathroom. The teacher didn’t said anything or at least I didn’t hear her. So I decided to go to sleep again. When I woke up my bed was all wet… Couldn’t believe this. Oh! And the teacher grounded me. My parents removed me from that place – Thank God! :D

    The second key moment was a breakthrough moment when I read your “sim city” piece. It reminded me of how we’re wired to escape our mortality by serving a purpose that will outlast it. Something unforgettable enough that people would adopt as part of who they are. Something worthwhile enough to make a meaningful impact in the World.

    Isn’t what we all look for before we die? All our memories. All our wisdom. All our ideas. 10 years from now who will remember them. 100 years? 1000 years?

    Who will remember who we were and why it matters?

    For a long time I’ve been thinking about these questions and from all the answers that I’ve come up with, no one came close to what LOVE can do.

    And that’s my wish to you on your birthday: that you may enjoy your day surrounded with LOVE and that you keep sharing it with others!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Thank you, my friend. LOVE is a really great gift, indeed.

      And yes, surviving our own death is indeed the game, right?

  • Peter Billingham

    Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Chris, Happy Birthday to you!! I hope that you have a wonderful birthday and celebration today with your family and friends. I know that it should be the other way round, and I should be sending you a gift, but thank you very much for the poems. I have 2 flights today and they will be interesting reading for the journey. I would love to be a “fly on the wall” your productivity, is amazing. Hope that you are spoiled beyond measure today.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Fly wobbly, sir. : ) Enjoy the day. And thank you so much!

  • Mary Ulrich

    Happy Birthday Chris. It’s fun watching you grow up.:) PS. Love the Skip-it site and Josh Fisher’s cartoon.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Thanks, Mary. I appreciate you. Thanks for being part of the story. : )

  • http://thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins

    So very awesome! Happy Birthday! Already love the newsletter, so here’s my gift to you!

    Chris Brogan – An awesomely gifted and giving creative, who still after all these years provides such a breath of fresh air, inspiring us all to be better… humans!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Thank you, Josh. Very kind!

  • http://maximumcustomerexperience.com KellyatMCEBlog

    Happy Birthday, Chris. May this be the best year ever.




    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      I have that hope, for sure. : )

  • http://twitter.com/ellenmgregg_nh Ellen M. Gregg

    Happy birthday to you! Looking forward to reading Superheroes in the Basement. :-)

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Thanks, Ellen. I appreciate it. Let me know what you think. : )

  • http://bsoi.st/ bsoist

    A book of nerdy poems? about superheroes?! for FREE?! YES PLEASE!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Let me know what you think. : )

  • http://bernixiong.com/ Berni Xiong (shUNG)

    You don’t look a day past 33! Happy born day cuz! Loved your poetry! Nerdy cousins unite!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Very kind! Thank you. : )

  • laineyd7

    HB, CB! I love your book and can relate to so much of it.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      You stole dirty books, too? ;)

  • http://markharai.com/ Mark Harai

    Gift-giving on your birthday, love it! Happy Birthday, Chris!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      And to you!

  • margepiatak

    Happy Birthday Chris! Thank you for the gift – love how you captured so much detail and feeling in so few words. May your journey continue to unfold in a way that brings you all that is meaningful. BTW – your poems are also an inspiration to tell a story in a way that is fitting to the individual – thank you.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      So when can I see YOUR book?

      • margepiatak

        Oh crap! That’s what happens when you interact rather than lurk. Not a full book. But I will commit to an essay/chapter?, whatever – in 30 days. Can’t believe I’m doing this.

  • susantblake

    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Chris, Happy Birthday to you!

    PS Thanks for the book! I hope you have a fabulous birthday.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      The day was magical. Thank you!

  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog Ryan Biddulph

    Happy Birthday Chris :)

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Thank you so much!

  • http://twitter.com/MohitPawar Mohit Pawar

    Happy birthday to you Chris! Will read Superheroes, i’m sure it will be fun. For now love and wishes!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Thanks so much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/scottwayres Scott Ayres

    Happy Birthday.. Monkey monkey…

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/kashaziz Kashif Aziz

    Happy Birthday Chris. Keep us inspiring.

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  • http://constructingsocial.com Colin Browning

    I don’t comment here often, so I guess I should make it count. Chris, thanks for the inspiration, advice, and help through the years. You are a good guy and I am so glad that our paths crossed. A happy birthday cheers to your birthdays past that have made you what you are, and to the many years ahead!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      You’re very kind! Thank you and many happy upcoming barbecues to you!

  • bkjrecruiter

    Happy Birthday… Thanks For Your Honesty… Little Things Matter…

  • Margaret Johns

    Chris: you’re a baby. It all depends on where you’re coming from!

  • Jared Easley

    Holy Cats! Happy Birthday Chris!

  • http://twitter.com/cision Cision NA

    Happy, happy birthday! We hope you have a great birthday, and all your childhood wishes come true :)


  • chris_rainey

    Happy Birthday Chris – appreciate all you do – here’s to another 43 years!

  • http://elainefogel.net/ Elaine Fogel

    Happy Bday, Chris! I have always admired your candor, especially when I’ve shared the same opinion. However, when it comes to aging, you’re on your own. I´ll celebrate my years and wisdom with hair color, injectables, and anti-wrinkle cream. :)

  • http://modernservantleader.com/ Ben Lichtenwalner

    Happy Birthday, Chris! Thanks for the gift – looking forward to reading it.

  • dianebrogan

    Thank you for the great birthday gift. I love the book. It has a lot of great memories. Happy Birthday son.

  • wood working machine

    Happy Birthday Chris – appreciate all you do – Do this for next 43 years…….

  • wood working machine

    Happy Birthday Chris – appreciate all you do – i wish you can continue it for next 43 years….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=755065382 Fiona Phillips

    Happy birthday, Chris. Have a wonderful day/weekend/week… how ever long it takes you to celebrate. And by the way, you’re not old. I’m 47 and I refuse to be old. There’s just too much I want to get done. No time for grey hairs (dye) or aching bones. The world isn’t slowing down and neither should we.

    Thank you for the poems.

  • http://see24h.com/ see24h

    Happy birthday Chris,even if i only know you from your blog,you have my blessing

  • Cynthia Coleman

    Happy birthday, Chris.

  • Dave Crenshaw

    Happy birthday, Chris! And thanks for the inspiration. Keep writing!

  • http://twitter.com/DrJeffersnBoggs Jefferson Boggs

    Hap, Hap, Happy belated Birthday C.B.!

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    Love it. The world is a better place because 43 years ago you came into it. Happy belated birthday, Chris. Thanks for sharing your art.

  • David Burke

    Happy Belated Birthday Chris!

  • Steve Markowski

    Many happy returns.

    Nice piece.


  • jackinessity

    Aw, just got the book a few days late :) I realized I turned 34 the same month you turn 43. Seems fitting :) Yay you. May you have many more!