Howdy, howdy, HOWDY!!
Yeah, I know... It's been WAY too long since my last update, and you're all
wondering what the heck happened to me. Sorry about that, but I feel GREAT,
and I decided to get out there (yes - outside!!) and LIVE LIFE.
I negotiated a terrific salary and benefits with a former employer who's
glad to have me back on board after my bout with the beast, and took a great
job with them.
packed up all my stuff in a rental truck, bid my stepmother many thanks, and
set off from Detroit, Michigan to San Francisco, California. It took
me about 4 days to drive it, and I had to spend the night at Donner Pass
because a snowstorm kept me from coming down the mountain for awhile.
Thankfully, I didn't have to eat anyone to stay alive! I just checked
into a Holiday Inn instead. I got here on April 7th, and
along the way, I took a bunch of pictures (mostly through the windshield):
Click here to see them
around for a nice place to live in the East Bay area (East of San Francisco
Bay), since that's where my office is. Meanwhile, I'm in a room at a Holiday Inn, which isn't too bad at all,
since I have a broadband connection in my room (essential for a geek like me
had to transition from that starving artist cartoonist, long-haired,
bearded, scruffy, hermit character I'd been cultivating, back to the
corporate image they're used to seeing in business meetings, so I got a
banker-type haircut, shaved off the beard, trimmed the mustache, strapped on
a watch and prepared to join the business world again:
After wearing pretty much nothing but joggers and sweats for over a year,
I'm back to khaki Dockers and golf shirts. A lot of my clothes are
still in storage till I find a suitable place to live, so I've been doing a
lot of clothes shopping lately. I've bought probably about a dozen new
pairs of pants and as many new shirts, a comfy new pair of Rockport shoes
and accessories. I don't know what it is, but new clothes make me feel
new right along with them, and it feels pretty good.
I gotta tell ya... it's GREAT to be back to work, on the move, exploring a
new place, having a schedule and just generally feeling VITAL again!
It's invigorating and exciting!
I LOVE the scenery out here - all of it! The geology of the mountains, the Bay,
the city itself. The architecture of the buildings is simply
wonderful! (You may not know this about me, but in high school I had
aspirations to be an architect. Just another side of my artistic
streak, combined with my engineer streak, no doubt.) Anyway, I've got
my eye on a new
digital camera, which will make Casey
happy, since she'll get my
old one - hehehe! I'll need it, since I anticipate spending a lot
of time out on photo-shoot expeditions anywhere and everywhere within a
day's drive or so of where I am. Oh man, I can hardly wait to get that
cool new toy!!
I'm also all wound up about getting back into SCUBA diving. I've
missed it so much, I can't even tell you. So far, I've gone diving in the Atlantic,
the Florida Keys, the Gulf of Mexico and assorted lakes and rivers all over
the place. Now I want to add various spots along the Pacific coast to
that list. I've always liked SCUBAPRO
gear, and now they have these ultra-cool
computerized diving tools. Ahhh yes, there's nothing like
combining one's hobbies for the ultimate in adventure and fun! To that
end, I'm sure I can find a dive housing for my new digital camera to replace
the one I've used up till now for my underwater photo shoots as well.
Does this just keep getting better, or what?! But wait! Don't
answer yet! We're also going to throw in...
Amusement parks!! That's right! I love roller coasters,
and now that I'm out on the left coast, there's a whole bunch of world-class
coasters I haven't ridden yet, like Superman
Ultimate Escape, Goliath
WOO HOO!!! Of course, Casey will be out this summer to hold my
hand so I'm not scared! LOL!!!
Near enough to spend some weekends are National Parks with giant Sequoia
trees, the biggest living things on the planet, deserts, mountains, lakes,
oceans and everything in between. Now I ask ya... Who's got time for
cancer when there's so much fun stuff to see and DO???!!!
As a matter of fact, what the heck are you doing sitting there reading
this? Get out there and LIVE some LIFE!!!
You can always email me about
your adventures (both in and out of the cancer ward) when you get
back. Hey! It's been great, but...
Here it comes?