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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #300 on: 02 May 2017, 14:10 »

I'm going to Ireland for a friend's wedding on Thursday! :D I'll be there for for a week and a bit - anyone know some good places to go around central Ireland?
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #301 on: 29 May 2017, 18:30 »

I sneezed and my back went out.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #302 on: 29 May 2017, 18:47 »

Been there, mate.  :cry:

Feel better soon.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #303 on: 27 Sep 2017, 23:49 »

My wife and I went out to dinner tonight at the restaurant where we got engaged twenty years ago and booked the same table we had that night.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #304 on: 02 Oct 2017, 14:50 »

Putting this here rather than anxiety/stress because while I'm full of that, it's the good productive kind. Lots of emails today.

Couple last minute invites too. Had a dress fitting and there's a bit more needed done than expected but not a scary amount.
I've been pushing my waking hour forward bit by bit to prepare for the 4:30am start which is going to be the hardest part of the day. I'm working every day to and including Saturday which helps push me.

As well as work, I had my fitting today. Have a therapy appointment Wednesday. Lunch with man of honour and a vet appointment on Thursday. Dentist on Friday. Only little appointments but they add to the busy feeling.

Can't wait till the day properly starts. Having the schedule lined up, while being prepared for the day to do its own thing, helps settle me a lot. I can shut down that critical voice in my head by looking at that timetable pretty effectively.

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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #305 on: 07 Oct 2017, 15:16 »

While getting my dress fitting the person said, "I think that boob needs to be higher." I responded, "No, the other one is just bigger."
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #306 on: 08 Oct 2017, 19:58 »

It's already October 9 for our European and Australian members.

October 9 ten years ago is when I registered my account.

I have been here ten years. It is a strange thought.

This place has stretched my mind and introduced me to some remarkable people, including one who is the kind you don't meet just every lifetime.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #307 on: 11 Oct 2017, 21:52 »

You've been here longer than I have! My 10 year anniversary is coming up in January. I'm not around much these days, but I pop in from time to time.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #308 on: 11 Oct 2017, 22:17 »

I just checked, and I have been on here a little over eleven years.
How time flies when you're having fun.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #309 on: 12 Oct 2017, 00:43 »

including one who is the kind you don't meet just every lifetime.

Is it Akima, and is that a Mulan joke?
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #310 on: 12 Oct 2017, 01:11 »

I assumed he meant ZoeB (sorry Akima!); but both are worthy candidates.
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« Reply #311 on: 13 Oct 2017, 01:10 »

That's what I thought as well, but then I saw that (possible) joke.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #312 on: 14 Oct 2017, 22:48 »

The 20th anniversary party went off OK. The centerpiece was my wife and I singing a duet of "Save the Best for Last". I took singing lessons starting earlier this year so I'd be able to do that.  My singing tutor came to the party. Several people there complimented him on his work.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #313 on: 20 Oct 2017, 19:29 »

I'm sick. It's frying my mind. Earlier today I started a search for a cap I'd been wearing to combat the chills. (Not just any chills. I'm wearing a lopapeysa indoors and am not really comfortable).

The eventual outcome of the search was that I was still wearing the cap.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #314 on: 21 Oct 2017, 05:18 »

The 20th anniversary party went off OK. The centerpiece was my wife and I singing a duet of "Save the Best for Last". I took singing lessons starting earlier this year so I'd be able to do that.  My singing tutor came to the party. Several people there complimented him on his work.

Yay!
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #315 on: 22 Oct 2017, 19:26 »

Today I was reading a book about overcoming insomnia and fell asleep.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #316 on: 23 Oct 2017, 04:46 »

Today I was reading a book about overcoming insomnia and fell asleep.

IT WORKED !!

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(The last chapter actually says.. "If you got here and did not fall asleep - please buy my next book "TRULY Overcoming Insomnia!" "  :)  )
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #317 on: 03 Nov 2017, 01:51 »

Call it hubris, call it confidence, call it anything you like so long as you don't call it late for dinner. I'm fairly confident there's some folks here who still remember me, so I'd like to check in and say hi, and also fill you in on what's been going on. Don't know why I feel so sentimental, or why I feel inclined to drop this on y'all, I just kinda wanna.

Now, the question is where to start.

I honestly can't remember where my life was at when I posted here last. I was probably still working that dead-end job at the glorified liquor store, aka BevMo. Well, I quit that. I took a summer off in order to revisit my old haunt of Sitka, Alaska, and worked in the seafood processing industry up there. I had the greatest summer of my entire life while I was there, made some amazing friends, made some equally amazing (and sometimes equally stupid) decisions, came home in one piece, and immediately found a girlfriend and a different job.

The new job was at a coffee shop in the middle of the downtown area of my town (at the time). I'd been going there for years, had some friends who worked there. The previous management (with whom I'd had beef) had quit, which afforded me the opportunity of getting my foot in the door. Got the job, no problem. Things were cool, until I realized just how poorly the place was run. I used to come home from work and literally collapse onto my bed crying, it was that bad. And this was just a couple months after I'd spent a whole summer in Alaska getting coated in fish guts and fluids, working 16+ hour days, taking Adderall in the mornings just to wake the fuck up and getting obliterated on cheap plastic bottle whiskey so I could numb my aching body enough to go to sleep. That's how bad this coffee job was, it actually was worse than Alaska.

I wound up losing that job because I took to the store's employees-only Facebook page and compared him to Hitler in a hilarious meme. I regret nothing.

Literally the next day, after posting a status on my personal FB page about having two thumbs and being jobless, I was offered an interview by a friend who was the GM of the restaurant across the street, which is a local landmark and institution. I aced the interview, I quickly worked my way into being the kitchen expeditor (expo), and worked there for a year.

Some of y'all may remember that my dad and I didn't always get along. Well, during this time I spent working at the restaurant, we had both started making earnest, genuine efforts to fix that. It was working beautifully. Holidays first, then weekends, then weekdays, occasionally just shooting the shit over the phone or via text. Then, we found out he was sick. And shortly afterward, we found out how sick: pancreatic cancer. If you don't know much about pancreatic cancer, let me school you some: It's fast. It's efficient. It's everything you want from a machine or an employee, and nothing you want from a lethal disease. From the time he was diagnosed until he drew his last breath, it might have been six weeks. I don't know who had it easier, me or him. Because at least he isn't hurting anymore, and I've never stopped hurting. But at least I'm alive, so I've got that going for me? Who fuckin knows man. It gets easier to deal with, but it's no picnic, I'll tell you that.

Two months passed, and after two roommates had come and gone from my then-girlfriend's and my apartment, my living situation became more complicated: she left me. The $2k/month lease was entirely my responsibility in fact, even though she was still on the lease. This led to some complications, and when the lease was up to be renewed, I couldn't. So I moved in with a lifelong friend in nearby Oakland, California. If you're wondering, I still haven't entirely forgiven her for leaving me, but I also was well aware that I couldn't have really blamed her anyway. But yeah. Oakland! Not a small town. A city. With three major league sports teams and a reputation for violent crime, which is often exaggerated but not entirely without precedent. It's Oakland. You live here or you don't. I live here.

So I moved. The commute became economically burdensome, so I found a new job at a restaurant nearby, and dropped the one in my hometown (which pained me greatly; during my personal difficulties, especially my dad's sickness and death, they had treated me with the utmost love and care, for which I am eternally grateful). I've been working at my new restaurant for about half a year now, and it's not horrible, but it doesn't have the same homey feel. It can't. It's a totally different beast. But it's endurable, at least until I can find something I'm passionate about, that pays better, that has more stability, maybe benefits if I pray to the right god, all that fun shit.

At the end of September, I found out that one of my dearest, oldest friends, with whom I'd lost touch for about a year, died of a heroin overdose. I returned (as I often have) to Livermore, this time to visit an old haunt of ours, and poured out a 32oz Miller High Life at the top of the hill where we'd spent several fun times together. Afterward, I visited a mutual friend of his and mine, to maybe share some comfort together. After that, I went to my favorite bar, the same one where I still work once a week. The last place I ever hung out with him. I ordered two beers, one for me and one for him. I downed mine while I poured his out onto the back patio. I ran into another friend of his and mine, who wasn't informed of his passing yet. I did my duty and shared this horrible information with him. We embraced as brothers.

While my friend and I held each other, a stranger walked up to me, a young woman with blue-green hair. My face was soaked in tears. I saw her walk out, and was immediately somewhat embarrassed to have been seen by a stranger in such a state. All she said to me was, "Can I give you a hug?" I accepted.

She and I have been dating for about 6 weeks now.

To fill in some other details, I have my own band now. Some of you may remember my old band Troubador, and I recall that a fair handful of you contributed to our Kickstarter for our first (and, unfortunately, only) album. Well, sadly, we're no more. But I have a new band called Save Laika. I write all the songs. I have a bassist and a drummer who I love immensely, and who are also incredibly gifted naturally. They don't have the time to be as disciplined as me, simply because I have the luxury of being a working musician, and they have to supplement their musicianship with Work That Feels Like Work. Regardless, they're great, and they're my brothers.

Overall, it's been a hell of a last few years. There isn't much that remains the same in my life as the last time I checked in, aside from the fact that I'm still a music addict, I'm still in California, I'm still a cis-hetero white dude who does his best (and sometimes, regrettably, fails) to make space for folks who aren't like me, and I still have absolutely zero tolerance for bullshit.

In any case, I don't imagine I'll be spending much time here. Not because of the heated way in which I left the forums last time, and not because I don't love the folks I know who are still here,, and honestly not even anything personal at all. It's because I lead a pretty busy life, and because I've been working on paying less attention to Greater Social Media, and more attention to the people I can interact with more intimately. I feel like my meat-life persona has historically been more of a micro thing while my online persona has been more of a macro thing, and I have been enjoying some nice results by reversing the two, and also maybe finding a good middle ground that favors meat-life a little more.

I sincerely hope that all of you are doing well. Whether we've historically gotten along or not, whether we agree on anything or not, I hope you're all happy, and that you're being the best people you can be. Preferably at the same time :)
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #318 on: 03 Nov 2017, 03:24 »

That was a hell of a read. Thanks very much for coming here and sharing. Even though we're on other social media, it's nice to hear more of the story than it not-so-easily allows to be told.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #319 on: 03 Nov 2017, 10:06 »

Welcome back, Patrick!
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #320 on: 04 Nov 2017, 09:30 »

Hey dude, welcome back!
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #321 on: 06 Nov 2017, 07:12 »

It came up in my Facebook memories a few days ago that I openly posted I was nonbinary back in 2015. I didn't realise it was that long ago because I felt it two or three years before that. It took me almost a year to even talk to my partner about it. It's weird to remember learning about NB identities and immediately connecting to the idea but still having to take time to be comfortable calling myself NB.

Thankfully it's been met mainly with support and a little bit of confused but still accepting silence from others. At least that how I chose to take it.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #322 on: 11 Nov 2017, 03:40 »

Thanks for the welcome back. It seems like this thread is less active than it used to be. Is the same true of the forum?
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #323 on: 11 Nov 2017, 04:43 »

It's still quite active.  People are tending to put their thoughts into more specific threads rather than this general one, though.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #324 on: 19 Nov 2017, 18:09 »

I'm fairly confident there's some folks here who still remember me, so I'd like to check in and say hi, and also fill you in on what's been going on. Don't know why I feel so sentimental, or why I feel inclined to drop this on y'all, I just kinda wanna.
I've never forgotten you! And I'm so glad you came by to let us know how your life is going.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #325 on: 05 Dec 2017, 22:25 »

The inventor of the nerve block deserves a statue on every street corner.

I woke up from having my shoulder sliced open to the bone to find my pain level at 0.

It won't last but I receive it with gratitude.

Now comes the month or two of virtual house arrest since driving will be, um, questionable.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #326 on: 05 Dec 2017, 22:29 »

Just when the weather has started to turn crappy, I've lost my right glove...

Update: the lost and found for the local bus system had it. Got it back.
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Re: Blog Thread 5: A New Beginning
« Reply #327 on: 09 Dec 2017, 12:15 »

Took my first shower in a week. Morale booster!

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