I know, I know. It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled.
No, wait...that’s not quite right.
It’s been a long time since my last blog entry. Yeah, that’s what I meant. A few things have happened since my last Thoughts page.
I moved into a new apartment. There wasn’t anything wrong with the last place; it was just too expensive, and when the lease came up for renewal, they wanted to increase the rent by about $90. Nope. It was a nice apartment and I really liked the location, but I was spending too much. I took it at the end of Nov 2019 for a couple of reasons.
First, I was just about done with a bankruptcy. It hadn’t been discharged yet, so most places wouldn’t even consider me. After speaking with me and checking whatever he wanted to check, the owner decided he would rent to me. That was important.
Second, the location was almost perfect. Less than a 15 minute drive to work, my dojo and two dog parks within about 10 minutes, and about 15 minutes to my best friend’s place. Yeah, it was under the flight path of the airport, but that wasn’t much of a problem.
But again, too expensive. As I found out when I went looking for a new place, living in Tempe is more costly. After a couple of false starts, I found my current rental. It’s a two bedroom standalone bungalow (in a group of two rows of three) near 12th St and Camelback in Phoenix. A little further away from my job, but I’m working from home until at least July, and it seems likely that will become a permanent option. There are two dog parks 10-15 minutes away, depending on traffic. My best friend is probably about 20-30 minutes away. But, I’m no longer in the flight path of the airport, and the neighborhood is very quiet. However, my car insurance jumped up a bit, and I understand why. There is a lot more traffic in this area. And, the place is actually a little smaller than my last one; I was hoping to find something a touch bigger.
But, ultimately, I like this cottage better. I have a little back yard for my dog, which is nice. I still walk him and/or take him to the dog park every day (except some Sundays) because it’s important, but it’s convenient being able to let him out without having to leash and walk him. Overall, it just feels more like a home. My home. I hope to be here for a long time.
A HUGE thanks to my friends who helped me move. It was a tremendous help.
#OMOVOY continues. I’m enjoying it.
I’m pretty sure my next book will be “The Life and Times of Snuffy Wilson.” Yes, I have an album by that name. The book will use that collection of songs as inspiration, but I don’t think I’ll start writing (again - I started once briefly years ago) until #OMOVOY is complete.
The audio book for “The Eyes In My Dream” has been released. You can find a link in the table of contents of this site, or here.
Bye Trump. Thanks for playing.
Happy Holidays to all.