at the end

I wish I could sum up this year. It’s been more than a year, in my life’s skewed timeline. So much has happened. I began co-writing a screenplay with a dear friend I knew only online. I was happily surprised by a party of wonderful people on my birthday. I visited my mom in Chicago, and my digital camera was stolen. I found my current workplace, which is never boring and happily so. My dad and stepmom visited and we went to Monterey for the first time. I survived several near-death experiences, in D&D terms . I visited the desert for the first time. We moved into a house. I met my writing partner in person, after knowing him for years online. September 11th happened, and I still have no words for that. I got a new digital camera. Chad’s parents visited us, their first trip to California. I auditioned for community theatre, and didn’t make it. Mish came to visit for one whole week. I leased a new car, Loligo echolalia, who thanks to Mish has a very special license-plate frame now.

I have come out of my shell, socially, a bit more. I have thought deeply about the past, and forgiven myself for some of it. I have met some incredible, fascinating, wonderful people. I have done more than I thought I would, and know less than I thought I did. Goodbye, 2001. You surprised me with happy and with sad.

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I acknowledge that I live and work on stolen Cowlitz, Clackamas, Atfalati, and Kalapuya land.
I give respect and reverence to those who came before me.