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Monday, January 10, 2005

Look who's back. . .

. . .from a week-long trek through the hell that is moving. To say the least, this year has been a rough one so far, but it's only getting started. I suspect things will begin to improve shortly.

Throughout it all, I got a lot of encouragement and help from old friends made on Lucianne.com. Without Lucianne.com, I would be in one hell of a fix today, and there's no way I can sufficiently express my gratitude to everyone who offered so much, and gave me so many reasons to keep my chin up.

I'm now living in my new place, which is by no means a castle, but compared to where I was living, it's the Taj Mahal. No leaky roof, no drafty windows and doors, and no abandoned house falling down outside my window. The heat seems fairly well distributed, allowing me to actually sleep in my bedroom, rather than on the couch in front of a space heater on cold nights.

I also have a dependable car that I managed to get with the help of someone who had no reason to trust me, other than my presence at Lucianne.com over the years. And, for that, I will be eternally grateful.

I can't get into too many of the specifics regarding the anquish I've experienced over the past couple of weeks, but a good bit of it was of a personal nature, which compounded all of the other difficulties, and began to cause me to wonder whether there was just something very basically wrong with me. Without the kindness and charity of my fellow Ldotters, I would most likely be busily drinking myself into a stupor right now, and there's a good chance I would have stayed that way for a good, long time.

Looking back on this experience, I can see all kinds of ways I could have avoided all the problems I ran into over the past couple of weeks. But, all of those ways amounted to stagnation during a time in my life when I'm desperately trying to move ahead. I don't see how I would have been any happier in the long run if I'd taken that tack. I took a chance, and it fell apart. But, I have faith, friends, and family to lean on in times like these, and they made all the difference in the world.

To all my friends out there who generously gave of themselves by whatever means, I'll never be able to thank you enough. You are all very much appreciated and loved. Thanks to you all, I've got a lot of blessings to count.

It feels good to be back.

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