Wednesday, April 16, 2008

What to say?

It's been a while since I posted so I sort of feel obligated to put something down.

It was my half birthday 2 days ago (April 14) so I am officially 24 and a half. A milestone I'm sure most of you remember or, perhaps, are looking forward to. I still look about 18 years old though, which is hard sometimes. It seems like just yesterday I could pass for 12.

I also bought a guitar this month and although I enjoy it, it can also be frustrating at times. A friend of mine is teaching me, so I don't have to pay for lessons, which is nice. The guitar I bought is an acoustic-electric Ibanez. It came in a kit which also had an amp, and other guitar essentials. I recommend purchasing one if you have ever been interested in learning. It's never too late. I don't want to be a rockstar or anything, but, it will probably happen anyway because as it turns out, I'm pretty much amazing at everything I do. I am also very modest, as you can tell.

This last weekend I went to Ventura to visit my friend who was also coming for a visit as well as my parents. I didn't tell my parents I was coming, mostly out of laziness, but also so they wouldn't have to be extremely anxious for my arrival.

While I was there I put my parents to work. My dad fixed my car (replaced the brakes, and belts) and my mom did some sewing for me. I would like to take this time to publicly thank them for helping me with those things. I greatly appreciate it, even though my car still shakes violently when I hit the brakes. Which is not my dads fault, I was just hoping that new brakes would fix the problem. No worries though, he is going to help with that next time I visit.

Finally, I would like to say that in just four weeks I will be graduating from college. I can't wait to be done, and am accepting gifts which can be sent to my sisters address (Amanda, not Melissa). Seriously though, I need some advice. My friend wants me to move to Reno when I am finished. She says we will move away from there in October, but I'm worried that I will get stuck there. I want to move to Seattle, but I'm a little scared to do it alone. Should I risk it, or just take the easy way out? Any advice you have to offer will be considered with an open mind, unless it's really stupid (which goes without saying I guess). I don't want to live in California anymore because I have lived here my whole life. In fact I have only lived in Southern California. I know I have been spoiled with the perfect weather and what not, but I am ready to explore other states as well as different weather.


cadiz12 said...

It might be fun (and a little less scary) to make a move with your friend, and it might be a good step between staying in southern cali and moving to seattle by yourself. but it doesn't sound like you're all that thrilled with the idea of Reno. Wherever you go, make an effort to connect with the people and the place, and it'll be a whole lot more rewarding.

personally, I've lived a few places with different kinds of weather, but I still contend that Chicago is the best.

Anonymous said...

The best thing that ever happened to me was moving to the mid-west. By myself. It gave me a chance to find out who I really am. I know that sounds a little corny, but it's true. If you go somewhere new with an old friend, you'll fall back into your old habits.

Give yourself 3 months to become established in your new city. If it doesn't work out, have a plan B (mom and dad?).

Madelyn said...

Dear Anonymous,

Your advice is helpful, and is definitly making me think. I have a question for you though, Did you get that out of a Dear Abby column?

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what Dear Abby's advice-giving credentials are, but my advice is based on my experience. I work with people who are stunted intellectually and emotionally because they've never been more than 60 miles away from home. It seems shameful to waste an opportunity because of fear.

cadiz12 said...

i have to agree with Anonymous. I went to Spain to get away from the naive persona that was a constant source of ridicule. unfortunately, one of my good friends was there too (only later I realized she did most of the ridiculing) so that was a total bust.

i've tried to re-invent myself with new jobs, too. but somehow i always end up being the same old me. being a punchline sometimes is just part of the package.

if you're looking at seattle, maybe check out some of their blogs?