Hot Damn!

A Post Birthday wrap up...

I’ve never had a surprise birthday party—to my recollection, anyways—until this past Friday, May the 20th. The whole thing was constructed by my good friend and fellow Writer/Producer/Media Guru, Carl White. Right underneath my nose, the entire thing came together at our studio. Well played Mr. White. Well played.

But honestly, it was one of the best gifts I could’ve ever received. Having family & friends that care so much is nothing to shrug off. There are so many people out there that have no one… And over the course of the weekend, after digesting the after party, the late Saturday night cruise in The Cutlass, and the gorgeous cookout on Sunday, I feel a bit spoiled. I wish it could be like that more often. It truly was a treat.

Without these folks—and there’s too many to name—I don’t know where I’d be. You all know who you are. Most of you were with me this past weekend, and a good handful of us have some filming to do in a few weeks. So, here’s to getting the band back together! Here’s to the time we’ve spent in each others wonderful company! And to the things we’ve yet to do! This train is just picking up speed… Everyone best just hang on. ;)

- Jared C. Shumate


Check out this AMAZING issue of Playboy now in my possession, published in May of 1991 (the year I came into this world). Sure explains a lot.