What's been going on...
Sunday, May 1, 2011

I've never been one for sharing my personal details at the moment they happen. It's tough sometimes on my friends when I deflect and redirect inquires, but it is how I am. It's not that I have anything to hide, quite the contrary (ok, well there is this one thing that happened in Connecticut, but like Fight Club...), but I know some folks are curious. So, without further ado, why my life isn't running smooth at the moment:

1)I WAS working a shitty job for Levi Strauss, I've since been let go, thanks to a typical run of bad luck (illnesses, car accidents, etc.) Does this bother me? Nah. But not having a job does, so frantic job searching going on.

2)I am in school, for a Graphic Design degree. This eats up a lot of time despite schooling online. Those truly familiar with me, know I've been doing graphic work for a while now, but mostly in the Browncoat circle only...I aim to branch that out.

3)Said graphic works...and selling them online through Cafe Press. This takes time and effort, though not as much as it used to.

4)I am a single parent with FULL custody of two kids. Anyone with kids knows raising them is a full time job aside from all else.

5)I do work on the side designing and selling merchandise for my friend's band...and also maintaining a Cafe Press store for them.

6)I live in the middle of fuck nowhere because my ex-wife screwed us over before the divorce, and this is where the housing was when I was homeless (A shout out and thanks again to all the generous Browncoats who carried my kids and I on their shoulders, both those known and those anonymous. We literally owe you our lives.) Unfortunately I am still here.

7)As I mentioned the ex-wife, well to elaborate on how karma can be, and while I wouldn't wish it upon anyone, she's got Leukemia. That means she doesn't work, doesn't come see her kids (not that she did often anyway...3 times in 2 years and not at all for the 1st year), and I don't get child support (again, not that she was working anyway).

8)And of course, trying to maintain SOME bit of a social life whether it be with my tangible friends or my virtual ones, and keeping Caption Tightpants going (I wish I could be focused on it more, I always feel like I'm letting folks down as I am no wheres near as punctual as I used to be with it.) This includes my new girlfriend, who is in the Army, which is really trying when you're a 1000 miles apart.

So I am constantly looking to improve my situation and often that means cutting out old routines and the things I want. It's been a long slow climb out of hell, and I've got a ways to go before I even can think about heaven, but there it is. My life, nutshell, never goes smooth.

Not really asking for sympathies or the like, just sharing with them that may want to know. There's tons more, but those are the key points. I was just in the mood to elaborate for a change (mark your calendar! This is momentous! LOL!)

Hope all is well with those of you who have taken the time to read this blather. ;)

Stay shiny!
TCM (John)


Tuesday, May 10, 2011 2:14 PM


Stay shiny.

Friday, May 6, 2011 5:56 AM


Glad to see you're still pushing on, hopefully even better days are ahead.

Thursday, May 5, 2011 3:49 PM


Jayne, Safe, Byte,

Thanks, crew. :) I've been in tighter spots, so all should be good. Glad to know I've still got Browncoats. :)

Stay shiny, kids!

Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:37 PM


TCM, us Browncoats've got your back - you hang on in there, son!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 2:33 PM


Keep climbing Ten. Sounds to me like, despite the run of bad karma, you've built some sturdy rungs to climb out of that hole.
Good luck with your graphic design. Again it sounds like you've put in the time and the effort that will only help you on your way.
What a great attitude you have!

Monday, May 2, 2011 4:28 AM


Oof, money troubles, illness, and not-quite-marital troubles. That's pretty much as about as hard as things can get.

Good luck on your graphic design schooling. Sounds like that may be the light at the end of the tunnel for you.


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