At some point in the past, I gave up trying to work my hacked guestbook
script into a functioning blog and went back to Blogger. The
archives don't really work, and are not compiled by the new
script, and none of the old comments work. I keep telling
myself I'll fix them at some point, but until then they are
lost to history. Anyway, my life these days is a lot different
than in my headier, bloggier days. I used to live in Clinton
Hill, where I like to think I was the first to blog about
said neighborhood. At the time i was a contractor who worked
from home. This meant I spent pretty much every waking hour
in Clinton Hill, and the blog reflected that. It also meant
I had a lot more free time to do stuff.
In the last couple of years, those big changes that tend
to crop up have rendered me a decidedly different person.
I now live in an actual house in the Bushwick side of Brooklyn,
with my girlfriend Jeannie. We have roughly a million cats
that we take off the street, rehabilitate, then try to adopt
out to decent folks (please lemme know if you want a cat or
three). I still work at the same company, but am now a full
time employee, which partly means I have to devote a lot more
time to my tedious work. I no longer work from home, so I
haven't gotten to spend as much time in my new neighborhood.
this irks me, but if not for the full time job, I would certainly
not be in this house, even if it means I have to dole out
time spent there.
Meanwhile I'm still trying to get out to see bands, and play
music, as I did in the past. It's not that it's getting harder
to do this, exactly, it's just that bands are getting lamer
(yes, that's it). It is getting harder to find good bands
in this town, not to mention finding places that are tolerable
to see them in. Where in the past I mostly went to bars to
see bands, these days the only place you are most likely assured
of having a good time is in semi-legal spaces secreted throughout
brooklyn. These spaces are hard to keep up with, as they change
often and close without warning. Even with a couple of them
in my own neighborhood, I find it difficult to stay on top
of things. But I'm trying.
This city is already very different that it was when I moved
here in 2000. But I guess I'm pretty different, too (I barely
recognized myself in the photo that used to be on this page,
so I took it down). This is probably the nature of this city,
we're always trying to find a way to keep our heads above
water. Is it working? You got me.