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    going freelance full-time.

    don't know how long it'll last. but it's been worth the struggle so far.
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    I proposed and was accepted, and now i'm getting married in chicago and moving to the states.

    I went to Tibet, visited the potala palace and thr johkang temple, and was told by one of the employees for the charity i run that next tim ei am in dharamsala, and the dali lama is in town, she can get me a private audience. which i don't doubt for a second considering the lif she has had.

    i also played my first live solo gig.

    2007 was a good year.
    • CommentAuthorCraig Shaw
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
    My 1st wedding anniversary (I read that the first year is the hardest - easy peasy so far)


    A magical night in October when I went into a casino with £15 and came out with £1000.
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    @ chrismferguson no fear there, I synch it all to my pc every day, then copy all of that to my back up drive every week, then burn that to a cd every month, I near shat myself when I thought I'd lost some early on, it'd survived due to being on a storage card rather than phone memory but none the less, it got me paranoid.
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
    Two good things about 2007 were that I had the best wedding ever in New Orleans (Pirate's Alley, of course) and I graduated Cum Laude with my second degree (Kiss my ass Mr. "You don't have the academic skills" Dean of the Graduate School!).

    Other than that, 2007 was a terror I wouldn't wish upon anyone, capped off right around midnight Dec. 31 with a tumble off a front porch onto a cement walkway and a crystal champagne flute. Good thing about that? One bruise and two minor cuts when I could have broken something or been impaled. Yay, 2008!
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
    2007 was a horrible year. It will be hard for 2008 to get worse though so that is good.

    There were a few highlights though. Having a few books signed at san diego this year by warren was great. Catching up with some old friends after about 8 years.
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
    I suppose that I should say that the best thing to happen to me was taking a year off from school to live and work and discover and create. That was a good thing, yes, but it wasn't the best.

    The best thing to happen to me this year was breaking up with my boyfriend of over two years. I didn't realize it at the time, of course. Who pays attention to the big picture when your heart has just been run through a meat grinder? Still, I understand now that I was using the title of "girlfriend" to define a big part of who I am, and when I couldn't do that anymore, it finally hit me that I had been using it to hide. Finding myself out of a long relationship was just the thing to get me to pay attention to what the hell I was doing. The breakup still stings and aches a bit every now and then, but it's happening less and less now. I'm realizing that time truly does heal all wounds. Well, time and people to tell you "I TOLD YOU SO I WAS RIGHT NEXT TIME LISTEN TO ME STUPIDHEAD" (insufferable brats that they are, I'm so thankful for the people in my life who don't mince words). I'm out from behind the sheltering wall of my ex-boyfriend and taking the world head on. The breakup was the kick in the ass I needed to get back in school, and to get help for my depression/anxiety/ADD issues, among other things. I'm working on myself now, not the relationship, and that's crucial.

    I am pretty sure that getting my heart broken was the best move I made in 2007. May 2008 contain much less painful revelations.
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
    Flogging Molly in Sacramento; Cake, Gogol Bordello, and Queens of the Stone Age in San Fransisco; Dick Dale, Phenomenauts and Against Me! in Petaluma. More shows than that too. Those were especially awesome.

    Also, massive candy war in my friend's apartment was super fun. You've never seen so many Reese's and fun-sized Snickers flying across the room in a hail of delicious bombardment.
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
    The money was great, even if about 70% of it went to goddamn taxes and debts from the previous year.

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