I haven't posted here in quite some time, so I thought I should check in.
I have had a horrible fall/winter:
The day I got home from the Seagull Century last October my apartment caught fire. All of my belongings that were salvageable went into storage and I had to live in a motel, then a temporary apartment. I haven't had the opportunity to get out on two wheels in almost four months.
I had a major dispute with my employer over certain business practices, and felt that I had to leave my job.
My 91 year old mother passed away, and my flight to Florida for her memorial service was canceled by a snow storm that dropped nearly two feet on Philadelphia.
On the positive side:
I did get a flight to Florida in time to see my mother a few days before she died. I had the opportunity to tell her that I love her, and she was lucid enough to understand.
The memorial service was pushed back by two weeks and this time I KNOW that my flight won't be canceled by snow.
I know that I won't be snowed in because I finally screwed up my nerve and bailed out of the "rust belt". I figured that if I was going to have to look for a new job in this economy, I should do it in an area where I wanted to live. Because all my belongings were in storage, it was a simple matter to get them packed into a "Pod" and shipped. So on Saturday Feb 13, with the temp at 22 and over three and a half feet of snow on the ground, my youngest son and I left suburban Philadelphia and drove to Arizona. I've rented an apartment in Tucson, and after my mother's memorial (this Thursday) I'll start looking for work.
I must be ka-razy.