WAITING FOR THAT INSTANT MESSAGE

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my bedroom, 2000

a home entertainment system, an amp, cd changer with 3-feet speakers towering on each side of my pc.

my birthday lands in the summertime right when everyone is on vacation from school. this was the perfect opportunity for me to throw house parties.

I'll never forget that time,

my friend got on the mic in the living room and greeted everyone with a joke/insult as they arrive

where everyone gathered in my room to freestyle battle each other, because I left my winamp playlist of instrumentals on repeat

the blue icing from my cake that stained the carpet (forever), after being smashed into my face

seeing my parents sit in the kitchen as they observed what party is like in america

my friends who were all so different from each other came together for my birthday

I'll never forget that.

<3