This year has brought great change for me. My girlfriend Molly and I moved to Richmond, Virgina in January. Molly got a “promotion” with Jetblue and is now management. This is the first time living out of Colorado in more than ten years and it has indeed been an adventure.
Over the last year I have been traveling back and forth to Colorado for work. I was able to keep a few of my clients in Colorado which was really nice. Most of my work is done remotely which allows me to work from so far away. I spend about two weeks a month in Colorado which means I have spent more time on a plane than ever before. Let me just say, I am a fan of Jetblue. They always take care of me. (except for a few unmentioned Boston gate agents) I enjoy flying and treat the back and forth as a mini adventure. I have lots of great stories.
I am not one for New Years resolutions but I really want to get back to my blog this coming year. I really enjoyed posting links and making comment on the things I read and watch. With the advent of Facebook, Google + and Twitter, I find myself posting there instead of here. This is my first attempt at rebooting my blogging self.
The South (yes Richmond is in the South, US)
I was born in the Mid-west and raised in the West so moving East always seemed like something I would get around to at some point. When Molly excepted the job in Richmond last December, I am not sure it sunk into to either of us what it mean to live in the south. Most people I talked to gave the small smile and said things like, “wow Virgina you are going to love DC”. We have found out that most people including the media think if you are in Virgina you are in DC. Which is really funny because Virgina is such a big state and is vastly different from DC and Northern Virgina. The DC area feels like a mini version of LA/NYC. Urban, trendy and sometimes very scary. My friend Deb lives in DC and we have had the chance to visit her on occasion. It is one of the pluses of living out this way. Over the last couple of years Deb and I have not had much time together. Being this close has been nice. We also got to do some site seeing in the Capital, always a good time.
Let me say this, America is America (with Texas accent). The difference between Colorado and Virgina is small. They got all the same stuff here that they have everywhere else (excluding a Trader Joe’s). America has become so homogenized that I sometimes forget where I am. Sure there are some scenery differences. It is greener here and a bit more temperate. The tunnel vision effect with all the trees is a bit displacing. I never understood the saying, “wide open spaces”. The West is wide and open. Truthfully though, I am not sure Richmond is at the top of the places I would like to call home permanently, but it has been a nice time so far.
Friends and Family
My parents are still in Colorado. My father has been working out of Tampa, FL for the last year and has had his ups and downs. I know he likes his job. I think he is really wanted to get back West. My mother has been doing the insurance thing for the last couple of years with Allstate. When I am in Colorado I spend my time with her and let me tell you, she is a busy women. If I had as much going on as her I would be Mayor of a major city. Very happen lady. My bro and his lovely kid are both in Denver and living large. I have had a chance to hang with my niece Madds and it has been very educational. Not sure who she going to end up being when she is all growed up. But heck if she isn’t fun to be with most of the time. (when she is not being a little brat ;P)
My friends situation is a fucking disaster. I made some really bad choices this year and it has left me disappointed in myself. I am not going to get into here. Let me just say if you are still my friend right now, thanks! You are a brave and understanding few. I will try to do better in 2012.
2012 Next Year
What is in store for the coming year you ask? Great question. Molly and I are very happy together. I just couldn’t be a luckier guy. She is truly the right girl for me. Never had a lady in my life that I fit so perfectly with. She is my best friend and life mate. Love that girl.
We are looking at options for a move this year. Molly has new opportunity with Jetblue and is on the hunt. Which means we get to pack again, really looking forward to that process.(not at all)
I would like to find some more work. Whether it be in Colorado or elsewhere. I have been quite busy with a number special projects. I would really like to find some new opportunity as well. I have been itching to start some kind of new Web/Video project but nothing has clicked yet. Really enjoyed working on the Clip Show and such and wanted to get back at. I think something in the gaming or political category would fit nice. Just cant figure out what.
Going to elect a new President this year. As most of you know I am very political. I have been following all the happenings with a close eye. Many debates have happened here at home between Molly and I. Love talking politics with her, she get so fired up. Really looking forward to the political year ahead. It is my super bowl.
Thanks for a great 2011 all. Those of you that have helped and supported me this year, I owe you big time. To the people in my life that I have wronged or let down, let me again say I am sorry and I will try harder. Have a happy and safe New Year and will see you in 2012.