Sunday, October 14, 2007

twenty four

I've got a great life - full stop.

I've also got my health and a huge amount of great friends which constantly surprises me because I'm a hermit by nature and have to make an effort to contact people but I've got to level with you though, the last twenty four days has been a challenge. Some of the highlights have been humbling myself and bringing my truck in for brake service instead of doing it myself ( I was moving and didn't have time or interest in doing it myself ) then having a front caliper lock up with smoke and all, getting it repaired then 5 miles later having the brakes go out completely during moving house going 60 mph down a highway.

I've sold my house and bought a new one only to find during closing that with a team of people waiting to load trucks I can't move into the new house because the city has issues that can only be resolved by the legal owner who is a bank in a different state. I've paid the money, signed the forms and then walked away with a post it note of someone's number wo will "get back to me when they know something" instead of a set of keys so I can start unloading my stuff.

I've had someone try to rob me, someone who I chased down a dark street and through the woods in the middle of the night. In the end I probably scared them more than they scared me. They didn't get to steal anything from me and I didn't get assualted so it turned out OK in the end.

I found my dream job, got a distribution deal for Scrapped and Brethren that I was very happy with and was able to get four pallets of DVD's, posters, T Shirts and the general indie movie party pack out of my basement. In the last twenty four days I've had to load up my inventory because the distributor was unable to make payments on our agreement, wasn't paid by their vendors and over extended themselves financially. I can understand that but it boiled down to several months of empty promises, missed payments, accumulated debt and the general runaround so I'm back to square one again. My job was the same situation. After six weeks of busting butt the paychecks slowed down to a trickle and then dried up. Everybody's hurting there but with the combination of paying off a movie project but someone else getting the money from sales and only getting a small fraction of a paycheck from a job I needed to give up on that dream and take counter measures. Job and future of video projects from the last three years: dissolved and starting over.

These are just the highlights. For some reason every few days in the last twenty four have been one step closer to the allignment of my stress universe, the perfect storm to leverage me between things bigger than myself. Things that are forcing me to evaluate who I am as a person, how I repsond to challenges, where am I heading in life, what I value... why it feel so good to shut myself in the garage and jump up and down yelling obscenities, why stress eating is only a short term fix and why my wife stays married to me.

For some divine reason and despite my best efforts I've ended up having coffee, lunch or dinner with a dozen friends I haven't seen for quite a while in the last week or so of these twenty four days. Long term good friends I've know for twenty years or more. Friends that I've logged in enough time with that the occurances of a month or less seem like a blip on the radar compared to half our lives.

Being at whits end has worn me down and I've been agreeing to social engagements. Free food and beverage from people who know you're unemployed is a fabulous recovery program and the side benefit is being reminded of the blessings still coming out your ears. Hearing about my friends divorce after twenty years of marriage reminded me how lucky I was to have met Connie and somehow avoid taking all the marriage bait in other less healthy relationships I was in for so long. I started to fall in love with my new house and am seeing what it might look like when the work is done, the city inspectors are finished and every thing's moved in. Heck, I even got a call from a friend who manages a club downtown to come play bass for a paying gig in a jazz trio. I got hooked up with a freelance corporate video gig in Washington state next week and am having lunch tomorrow with another friend who is connecting me to several production companies to jump start my job hunting process.

Twenty four days seems to be just enough time for a turnaround.

Addendum: Finished this post and drug Connie out for breakfast. Our new house is about 10 minutes from Bryant Lake Bowl in Uptown. My friend Todd who encouraged me to start a blog a year and a half ago also took me to breakfast here last week. I didn't even know they were open before noon. Apparently I'm part of the more "mature" crowd who go to BLB for breakfast instead of drinks and debauchery after midnight... thanks Todd. Bison Hash rules.


At 5:42 AM, Blogger Open Door said...

hey man good to hear things are on the up and up for you. Steinmeyer and I were just talking about you last week and how we should do lunch with you. ...more free grub... You should swing into Open Door sometime to say "hey" when you have a chance. Just not Mondays this place is a ghost town on Mondays hence me checking and writing on blogs.
Hope a great job lands in your lap soon. Take care man!
-Paul Wichterman

At 6:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

p.s. I like the sling blade hair cut... mmmnnn hhhnnnn

At 3:30 PM, Blogger dflygirl said...

Glad things are looking up...where in Washington are you gonna be hanging out???

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Nat said...

Good to see you are good! Eat some pancakes for me- I miss em in good ole Germany ;-)

At 6:07 AM, Blogger wes said...

Hey Paul,

Good to hear from you and the Open Door dudes. Yes! We've gotta have lunch.

Mmm, I like french fried 'taters n mustard.

Washington? Not sure where exactly. I'm just flying in, shooting some computer controllers and flying out. Too bad. I'd love to hang out with you D-Fly!

No pancakes in Deutschland? Was ist damit?

PS. I'm back in the scrapbook saddle today. I've been asked to submit a challenge to Tallyscrapper but all my gear is still packed up in boxes in storage somewhere. Maybe I'll "cheat" and work at a local shop somewhere.

At 9:05 PM, Anonymous Jennifer said...

Glad to see you back in the bloggin' world and after reading your post I'm not going to complain about my world after all the sh*t you've had to put up. Ridiculous that's what it is.

I'd give you some free comfort food, Tator Tot Hot dish, but you don't live close enough so you'll have to settle for a picture of hot dish.

At 10:24 PM, Blogger wes said...

Lovin' the tater and apple hot dish pics!!!

Ahhh, comfort food.

Thanks Jennifer!

At 11:38 PM, Blogger Disney Scrapper said...

Wow, so one day will this whole experience turn into another movie? Been where you all have been. Husband lost his job twice in a 6 month span of time. Still trying to recover , working but still looking. Guess that's life.


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