Saturday, September 24, 2005

Go South, not-so-young man!

Okay, it has been forever and a day since I last updated this or my comic book blog, Infinite Opinions. There is a reason for this: My life has changed.

Unlike many, who blog about their lives, I had reached a point where the only thing consuming me could not be publicly discussed. I was getting ready, thanks to an offer from a company in Melbourne, Florida, to move there. People I work with might be reading this blog, and I didn't want to tip my hand too early, and hurt my career there, in case this move didn't work out.

And so I have. I said goodbye to my friends, and to my wife, for about a year, not counting visits, and headed down here. The choice was tough. I had been at my last job for so long that I'll miss it quite a bit. But, three days of driving later (I had to be careful with the speed - I was towing a trailer) here I am, living in a dingy motel for another week until I can move into my apartment. Then, at last, I will be really here.

Which is when I expect the missing people to start to settle in. So far, I do miss my wife, but more in a "I went on vacation without her" way than a "we won't be living together for a year" kind of way - although I did cry when I drove away from her to start my journey. I expect the full impact to hit me once I have settled down here, though.

I do feel somewhat badly - I didn't give any good-bye speeches, even at the events that people organized for me - for fear that I would start crying, or start others crying that would be a chain reaction and we'd all float out of the bar we were at on a salty river of tears. I don't tend to be demonstrative when it comes to my emotions, but this was definitely tough on me.

By the way, for what it is worth, I will, and do, miss you all. The hardest part of having this dream is knowing that it meant walking away from the best friends a guy could possibly ask for. You've all been there for me when I needed you, and I know you always will be. Anytime after the 1st of October, you are welcome to come visit me in my new apartment, right on a golf course, here in beautiful Florida. Although, for the nervous among ye, you might want to wait for hurricane season to end, although Melbourne typically doesn't get it too badly.

Anyway, right now, I do not have internet at home, so don't expect regular updates. But once I am all set up, I should have a little more time on my hands than I have of late.

Weather's great. Wish you were here.


  • What the hell? Within minutes of you posting the first blog entry in a couple of months, you get spam?
    And for dating-related stuff... just what a guy who was tearing up driving away from his wife for a long stint needs, eh?
    Stupid spam.

    And hey... no need to feel bad about lack of goodbye speeches. I didn't make my toast at the friends' goodbye party, either. Just opted to get into the swing of things and have a good time.

    Glad you've finally opted to do all you can to reach a goal you set for yourself a while back. It took a lot of guts, and I hope it's all it's cracked up to be so you didn't do it for nothin', but it sounds like it's working out nicely. And hey, the change is certainly encouragement for those of us still here to light a fire under ourselves and get a move-on with our own dreams, which all too often get hidden under layer after layer of the daily routine.

    Besides, the way I see it, it's just a legit reason to go to Florida frequently, is all.

    Best wishes, my friend. Hope to see you soon.

    By Anonymous Reay, at 5:02 PM  

  • For those wonder, Reay was not imagining things, I was indeed spam-commented. I have since deleted the comment in question.

    So there.

    By Blogger Just_A_Rat, at 5:41 PM  

  • Alex,

    I cannot emphasize how happy I am for you. Though you've been on holiday before, the first Monday working while you were on your way to Florida felt quite weird. Now after a few weeks it's settling in.

    I hope things go as well as possible for you and Tracy. I know it's not easy beign apart, and I too have felt the heartache of having to leave my wife in another country. But you guys will do fine. A year will pass soon enough. And you'll still have your visits.

    When you are finally able to update your blog more often, know that I'll always read it, and always comment.


    By Anonymous Shaun, at 9:15 PM  

  • Who are you again?

    You'll be missex, Alex.
    But then, I barely ever saw you anyway, and see more of your e-mails than you.

    So in that sense, you will not be missed so much.

    Reay is moping around though, and kicking dirt.

    It's quite cute.

    By Anonymous Jorge, at 12:43 PM  

  • Hey,

    Totally understand about the crying thing. In the days before my wedding and move work was insane, so it wasn't until the very last half hour at work, when everything was settled, that it actually hit me that I was leaving. I think I said about three words to my coworkers because I was so choked up about it. Pretty sure they thought I was just an asshole.

    Anyhow, good luck down south. Glad to see you back here.

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