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Oct 15th 2018

Present.

Oct 16th 2018

It is a present to hear from VG again!

Oct 16th 2018

Should we take this opportunity to update everyone on where we are in our lives? For me, I'm slowly getting past the awkward years of having dashing good looks, and I'm evolving a more distinguished look...I'm probably the best looking 50-55 year old man in the southeast corner of my town, not counting those with a full head of hair. It doesn't even make sense to compare me to those guys.

Oct 16th 2018

update everyone

So I got married. And it's different than I thought it'd be. And you know what else is way different than I thought? The whole step-mom thing. Way way way different.

I don't want to go into it here, but yeah. It's more... something. And I'm not even sure what the word is.

Anyway, we're having a Halloween party Saturday night, and hopefully that will be good and less of the something.

It's going to be me, my step-daughter, 4 or 5 class mates, and maybe parents? I don't even know. I kind of hope my ex-wife-in-law comes. I think I better message her and tell her so, rather than just hoping.

Anyway.

We're going to have tacos. And make jack o'lanterns.

Good enough update?

Oct 16th 2018

To be clear, I like being married. That's going great. It's the step-mom thing that seems to be going kinda... less great.

Oct 16th 2018

Everyone I know that is in your situation, has some sort of...situation with that. So you're not alone. It's hard enough to co-parent when you're both parents of said kids...I can't imagine co-parenting someone who is not mine.

Oct 17th 2018

Yeah, that's a pretty common thing in marriage, Toos. Especially daughters with their MIL's. Any advice I would offer might not be great, because each situation is different. I hope the other parts of marriage are working out better. Haha.

Hi VG. I hope you're doing well! I wish you (and the four others) had more of an online presence elsewhere, so I could keep up with your lives. Some of you, you post too much. Well, you did a few years ago, when I stopped following you.

Oct 17th 2018

I hope the other parts of marriage are working out better.

Pretty much every other part is great.

Well, you did a few years ago, when I stopped following you.

Such a good friend.

Oct 17th 2018

Pretty much every other part is great.

Gardening, amirite?

Oct 17th 2018

Heh heh.

Well, & all the other stuff, too.

Oct 22nd 2018

Dang it, I don't want to be the last poster, and I don't want my last post to be that... come on you fiends. Talk about some crap. Stop being all self-conscious. OMG.

Oct 23rd 2018

We could talk about sexy monkeys...err...sexy APES.

Oct 23rd 2018

Where's Anque?

Nov 6th 2018 edited

Should we take this opportunity to update everyone on where we are in our lives?

I'll go!

I somehow managed to land a job in my itty-bitty town here in Texas as the creative media editor (yes, I got to make up my title) for a non-profit association that represents terrazzo contractors nationally. After years of day-jobbing: no insurance, little to no paid vacation, etc.

I used to edit video in my former life as a dance professional as dance for the camera was my specialty at the university level. When the economy tanked in 2008 and I was laid off from my visiting professorship in Florida, I figured I'd never use that training again.

Nine years later, (!), the aforementioned association hired me as a part-time grunt-filing, data entry, etc. One day my colleague and I got to talking, and when she realized I could edit video, she bought me a new Mac, hired me on as a salaried employee, and poof! I'm a professional again!

I basically spend all day looking at gorgeous works of art, making slideshows and videos, and posting our content on social media. I also get to travel for trade shows and conferences; the last one was Americans for the Arts in Denver, and Saturday I'm going to Phoenix...should I look up Lem?

And I still teach yoga and fitness classes 6x a week, so win-win-win!

Nov 7th 2018

I appreciate the life update, whatevs!

Nov 7th 2018

should I look up Lem?

DUH.

Dec 14th 2018

Where's Anque?

Here! Late, per usual, but here.

So I got married. And it's different than I thought it'd be. And you know what else is way different than I thought? The whole step-mom thing. Way way way different.

Being married continues to be different than I thought it would be 16+ years in. I think anything worth doing is hard sometimes, though. It's easy sometimes, too.

I cannot imagine parenting someone else's kiddo, knowing how hard it is to parent your own. And I really can't imagine parenting someone else's kiddo without having one of your own first.

I hate that I'm saying this, but after this year with my 15-year-old, I feel a lot more empathy for my step-mother. Parenting of any kind is hard, yo!

Pretty much every other part is great.

Gardening, amirite?

Aaaaaah ha ha ha. They are talking about SEX folks. ESS EEE EX! Hey, Daoust, remember that one time we were going to write a whole book about gardening as a euphemism for the sexy times? We were brilliant.

One day my colleague and I got to talking, and when she realized I could edit video, she bought me a new Mac, hired me on as a salaried employee, and poof! I'm a professional again!

whatevs! I love this story a million. Mr. A had a similar breakthrough this year and is now happily working from home as a data engineer.

update

Bleh. I had a bad few years with mental and physical health after trying to complete a degree in Computer Science. This year has been better.

Dec 17th 2018

I can't believe I was sitting mere seats away from Anque for the Jason Mraz concert! I wonder how many other NAers I have almost come into contact with.

Jan 9th 2019

I went to graduate school.

They were some of the worst years of my life. During them, I came very close to drinking myself to death, which I suppose some of you probably expected would happen one day.

My foster brother, who I used to call Jon on these boards, died in a traumatic way. That sucked.

I got an agent and wrote a novel. Said agent was unable to sell said novel.

I kicked booze. That was harder than I expected it to be. It continues to be harder than I expected it to be. But also better than I expected it to be.

I pretty much gave up on my writing career. I'm going to law school instead. I still don't know how to feel about that.

I put back on most of the weight I lost in the first few years I was posting here. That is what it is.

I've dated a lot of people. A lot of people.

I don't know. My 30s haven't been very good, to be perfectly honest. But I'm hopeful about my 40s, which will start in a little more than a year.

7 days ago

Life, man.

I'm getting divorced. It's not what I want, but it's happening anyway.

Here's to brighter days.

6 days ago

I went to graduate school. I'm going to law school I kicked booze

Those are three pretty good accomplishments, I've never done two of those, and while I don't drink booze, I haven't kicked other habits I'd like to stop.

I'm getting divorced.

Sorry about that. It's not a good thing, but maybe is a better thing for you than staying married?

I'm trying to be a positive voice to two people I know and like, and while it's probably not very helpful, do know that I (and others here) do care about what you're saying.

4 days ago

I just tried to like your post, Jinx. Man, the internet has changed since we all started here.

3 days ago

I can't believe I was sitting mere seats away from Anque for the Jason Mraz concert! I wonder how many other NAers I have almost come into contact with.

This was awesome!

I don't know. My 30s haven't been very good, to be perfectly honest. But I'm hopeful about my 40s, which will start in a little more than a year.

You are such a boss. The things you've gotten through and the things you've accomplished are really tough. I continue to admire you.

Also, I've been 40 for like three whole months and the 40s aren't that bad.

I'm getting divorced. It's not what I want, but it's happening anyway.

((hugs)) It sucks to dismantle something you believed in but I hope you land better than you were before and stick it.

2 days ago

I'm getting divorced. It's not what I want, but it's happening anyway.

I’m really sorry. That has to be painful. I wish you many bright days ahead and soon.

I pretty much gave up on my writing career

This isn’t the worst thing you said, but it’s the one I can relate most to, not that I ever pursued being a proper writer with the same zeal (or pep and zing). I’m not even disappointed in that, which seems like it should be disappointing in itself.

Losing my dad sucked. Watching my Alzheimer’s devour my mom is worse except that she’s still here to hug and comfort. I have a “good job” with good people, but it’s not my dream job and the 2.5-hour daily commute is killer.

On the whole though, I’ve been blessed far beyond what I could expect or rightly deserve. If I’ve learned anything in 12.5 years, it’s that it isn’t about me. And that’s ok.

And I continue to be glad for my “Office friends. “

1 day ago

I've got to say, Bri and Dftf are two of the best writers I know...in different ways, but both of you guys, I'd pay money to read stuff that you wrote. And it just doesn't seem right that neither of you is a professional writer. I know that career and life choices take us down many different paths, and I don't know exactly in which genre I'd hire you if I was the boss of hiring, but it seems that people like you, who have a way with the written word, should be able to earn money from that talent.

My career (software programming) has become pretty meh. At some point in the past three years, I went from striving to advance myself, to pretty much running out the clock. And I still have a ways to go until retirement. My younger brother retires from the state troopers this year at age 51, and with his generous pension, he's probably not going to retire completely, but he has the luxury of finding a fun job that doesn't pay too much or require many hours, and I'm genuinely jealous and excited for him. It kind of surprised me when I realized that I'm counting down the years to my retirement.

I can't complain about my job...my commute is 15 minutes of back country roads, office time is very flexible, they don't bug me too much, and they pay me very well. But I'm not very motivated right now.

However...my wife and daughter are doing well, my larger family is doing well, my wife's business is doing very well (maybe that will be my retirement plan), and I find a lot of motivation and joy outside of work. So there's that.

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