Lou Pickney's Online Commentary
May 31, 2012
"Old glasses clinking and a new order's blinking
And I, I should be floating, but I'm weighted by thinking"
-Animal Collective "What Should I Want? Sky"
If all goes as planned, less than 48 hours from now I should be moving into a new apartment located very close to Marshall University in Huntington, WV. My friend Velvet has been incredibly gracious to allow me to stay with her over the past couple of weeks, and I will forever appreciate her generosity in this most tumultuous of months for me.
One especially nice thing about staying here at Velvet's place is that she has five dogs, which has helped to a degree with the Clyde withdrawals. My new apartment complex won't allow pets, but I have a photo of Titus and a pic of me with Clyde that I will be able to put up once I get everything set up. I've been living out of boxes and half-unpacked containers during this transitional time, and it will be nice to finally unpack everything, even if my place will initially look like Jimmy McNulty's sparsely-decorated apartment on The Wire.
Despite my new locale, I'm going to keep my Tennessee health/life insurance sales license active. I worked too hard to earn that license to just let it expire.
The plan: my parents are coming to town tomorrow night, then Saturday will be a scramble to buy a bed, a dining room table, etc. and then get it all assembled within a limited amount of time. They rented a minivan to get my remaining furniture (and the two Salvador Dalí prints that they bought me as a birthday present from the Dalí museum in St. Petersburg, FL during my Tampa era) up here, but that minivan is due back by noon CDT on Sunday, so time is of the essence.
I've been in a bit of a holding pattern about my job situation, and I can't say anything about it on here just yet. I will say this: there's a strong possibility that I will be going back to the upside-down sleeping schedule I had from 1999-2003. Sometimes in life there are sacrifices that have to be made.
My new apartment is located very close to Marshall's campus, and I can literally peek outside my kitchen window and see the patrons inside the restaurant next to my apartment complex, a place called FlapJack's that is open 24/7. Between that and the 7-Eleven across the street, not to mention the many restaurants and bars in walking distance from here... the location is about as ideal as I could hope to have.
But that is looking toward the future: for now I'm trying to get my boxes that I've lived out of for the past 2˝ weeks at Velvet's house in order so as to make for as smooth of a move as possible. It's funny that I had my car packed to the gills to get here, so much so that two trips from the edge of Barboursville to my new place isn't a guarantee to get all of my things moved over. But, one way or another, I'll be in my new place soon enough.
May 2012 was a terrible month for me in many ways, but it's also the start of the next chapter of my life. This isn't exactly what I had in mind, but sometimes life throws you a curveball or two. Here's hoping that June 2012 is kinder to me than this month has been.