Hi, guy(s)! Long time no blog. I think about writing about something every now and again, but then I get all paranoid that I've written about that before, and I'm lazier than I am paranoid, so I don't check to see if I've written about it and just play solitaire instead. It's my circle of life.
But now I'm reading Jenny Lawson's second book, Furiously Happy, and she's so brave and honest (and hysterical) in writing about all her demons, I figured I can afford to let my Senility Slip show a little under my Supposedly Perfect Journalistic Dress. So if I've written about this before, fuck all y'all, I'm doing it again.
When I was younger, I thought I would handle advancing age better then I am. I pictured Fred and me retired in a smallish, but exquisite cottage by the sea, with the kids visiting regularly and frequent trips to the British Isles and Europe. Fred would putter in the garden and I'd meet my equally chubby aging friends in town for a champagne cocktail or two and witty repartee.
So I end up working forty hours a week at The Most Conservative Law Firm Ever, living in a lovely, though dilapidated apartment with two cats, scraping together the cash to see my kids a couple times a year, and drinking beers at Rojo with a bunch of young actors. I AM NOT COMPLAINING!!! I love my life as it is now, and shit happens and this is where I am and I can't imagine ending up any other way and feeling so right about it.
No one's life turns out the way they expect it to.....that's how the game is played, figuring out what to do when you pull a Bad Luck card out of the deck. I think, all things considered, I've weathered the shitstorms in my life fairly well, at least I've survived them all.
But I guess I thought by now I'd be content, have all the answers to life at my fingertips and radiate a Peaceful Worldwise Glow. The only glow I radiate now is after one of the aforementioned evenings at Rojo. And I know nothing, NOTHING!!!
I am still continually shocked, dismayed, horrified, surprised and freaked-out by pretty much everything that goes on in the world, except by my kids and my cats, because my kids are the Two Most Amazing People on the Planet, and....cats. I fought in the Hippie Wars (1968-1972) to eradicate useless wars, racism, homophobia, and misogyny, and look out the window, people....THAT SHIT'S STILL HAPPENING!!! Plus, we had the extra bonus of Richard Nixon shooting himself in the foot so politicians would then change their selfish, greedy ways, and well...see above sentence. It's disheartening.
But overall, I don't think I would go back and change anything I've done in my life. (Except dating Bad Steve. That was definitely my Life's Ultra Stoopy Moment.) Because all those things I've done helped create what is rapidly turning into the Finished Product, and I'm pretty pleased with the result. It's kinda like I started out with the intention to make Miso Soup and I ended up cooking Tater Tot Casserole, with extra cheese and bacon.
I might not be as good for you, but I'm a helluva lot more delicious.