Well, everybody, it's great to be back here posting again after quite some time. I know it's been a while since I've contributed anything here, but I have dropped by here and there to check out the progress of this site. As the title says, I've had some changes in my life recently and I have a few other things I want to get off my chest as they're on my mind and I think it would be valid to share them with you all.
I got married over Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5) to my beautiful wife Taunya, with whom I've been in a relationship since August of 2007. She means the world to me and I love her very much. We're even considering trying to have kids within the next year. The wedding was beautiful ans the honeymoon was terrific. We went to Virginia Beach and it was pretty much the best week I could ever ask for. The weather was mostly nice, other than than some rain, it was sunny and hot! We got to see the town in all it glory. There were a lot of events going on (jazz festivals, blues festivals, a parade, unfortunately no prog festivals. LOL) and we did a HELL of a lot shopping and eating out, but was worth it. We got to walking on the beach a couple nights into our honeymoon and a funny thing happened: we were walking along and the the tide was coming in and my wife and I were wearing our "just married" flip-flops and we were nearly sucked up by the undercurrent and out of nowhere my wife's "married" flip-flop got sucked under. The ocean ate the flip-flop. Poor thing. We were on our way back to our hotel and she went barefoot. LOL We were able to laugh about it afterwards. Married life, so far, is going well for me. I wouldn't change a thing about it.
Another change for me is I recently turned 29. Now, I know it might not be a big deal for some people, but it's strange for me to think that one year from now, I'm going to be 30 years old. It's a strange feeling in that, my life has gone so quickly, it's like it feels like it's been a dream. Hell, a little over a month from now, we start another new decade. Where, oh where has the time gone?! Maybe I'm a little self-concious about my age in that while I'm young, I am getting older and it feels scary at times, because I never know what's going to happen to me when I get older. I try not to worry about it too much, but it's something I just can't ignore. I don't have a steady career or the best-paying job in the world, but I'm trying to do the best that I can and sometimes I feel like I'm not doing enough for anyone. Maybe I am worrying too much. It happens. Life happens.
Another change in my life is that I have given up drinking and also trying to work on quitting smoking, a habit I've had since the age of 14. I wasn't an alcoholic, but I did love to indulge beer, and plenty of it. I've gotten into trouble quite a few times because of my excessive drinking, and I admit, it was my own fault. I was a much different when I was drunk, at first I was the funny, joking around, laughing all the time drunk, and then for whatever reason, I became an asshole with a capital A-S-S-H-O-L-E. I wasn't violent at all, just a prick. I said a lot of things that I shouldn't have said to various people, including my own wife and other friends of mine, and some things that weren't mean, just very inappropriate. I just couldn't do it anymore. I love to party, but I'd rather do it with soda instead of beer, although I do love the taste of it.
I've decided to make some changes to better myself. I'm even looking for a new job. I still don't know what I want to do with my life, but when the right job comes along, I'll snatch it up. I just want to be a good person, a good husband, and eventually, a good father.
Now, that being said, it just amazes me how many people we have in this world that are evil. When I say evil, I mean people that are just full of hate, people who are greedy, ignorant, intolerant, racist, homophobic, hypocritical, overly religiously zealous, straight up mean, violent, brutal, you name it. I see so many hard-working people stuggling to make ends meet, but meanwhile professional athletes and Hollywood movie stars piss and moan because they make less than $10 millon per year. Does anyone REALLY need that much money? I don't think so. Granted, people who bust their ass deserve a decent paycheck, but tens of hundreds of millions of dollars? Give me a break!
I see parents who just leave their little 5-6-year-old kids wandering around so they can continue their shopping and whatever else and meanwhile the kid gets lost in the store and it takes over a half-hour for the poor kid to find his/her mommy or daddy because they're too busy gabbing with their friends or stuffing their faces or just plain didn't want to be bothered with the kid. Frankly, if you don't wanna watch the kid, leave him with babysitter or grandparents or whoever! Or if you can't do that, find a better time to do your shopping. It's the least you could do.
I see people who people just because of their sexual orientation or religion or even political leanings. Pathetic! Is this really necessary?! Who cares if people are gay? Leave them alone! What they do and who they are is none of your business. They're just people like you and me.
If there are two things that are really destroying us as a people, they are religion and politics. They are making this world a very uncomfortable place and they're even worse when they're put together. It's just too many people that hate people because of their own insecurities and they take their politics and religion WAY too seriously. There are good and bad things to both sides, regardless of what anyone else says. Shit, why can't we just live and let live?! There are people who preach about tolerating people and loving people, but yet they hate those people because they're gay or Muslim or Jewish or Atheist or Democrat or Republican or just plain different from you.
Oh yeah, and before I forget, this whole thing with the world ending in 2012? It's all bullshit. Always has been. Sure the movie looks interesting, but the overall concept is just laughable, to me, anyway.
I just want to help make this world be a better place, that's not too much to ask, is it? I know this is a long post and if anyone has read this, well, I'm proud of you. It's good to be back here and I'll try to contribute as much as I can, definitely more than before. Some people have time for this, some don't. Life happens. Thanks for reading.