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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Some New Beginnings

Most people who know me well know that my life since the middle of 2009 has seen a lot of turmoil. The fear and uncertainty that went along with my nearly two year long legal woes left me  exhausted and bottomed out by the end of 2010. I had run out of money, was living in a squalid apartment complex that was ridden with noise, crime and a bad smell. I lost my car to repossession in October, and had taken to spending most of my time, and most of my money in the bars on Cedar Springs. My career was going nowhere and my voice was wrecked for a couple of months by a nasty bout of bronchitis and laryngitis. Let's just say that 2009-10 were the collective low points of my life.

 I confess that I wallowed in it for a long time, content to  just be a bum getting by. But after 2011 came rolling in (I got drunk early, fell asleep and missed the whole New Year's shabang!) I decided on January 1 that it was time to get beyond all that had happened to me and as Mom Thieme used to say, "get off my ass and on my feet, this ain't the promised land." Thus I am happy that I have found a beautiful new apartment and I take up residence there permanently in a week or so. I also got really lucky and was able to buy a fantastic car at a very reasonable price and on very easy terms. I get that on Monday. And my career is picking up too. I have just signed on to be musical director for a review/musical, I am getting new students and my continuing students are succeeding.

In just a few more days I will be living in a home that I enjoy and will be proud of, and thus I will actually want to stay home and entertain. Hell, I will have to because I won't be able to afford to go out that much for the next few months. Sorry Drama Room! I am so looking forward to being able to cook again and to entertain guests, and to go to sleep at night knowing that a fight won't break out in the hallway or a drug deal won't go down upstairs.

Thus far 2011 has brought pretty much all good news. I hope it stays that way, and I hope you'll all want to come visit me at the new villa often.