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LJI:0 Introduction

It’s hard to play with words today, still, which is why I had to try. I went looking to see how many times I had written an introduction for this crazy game before, looking for snippets of the past to ground my present.

From 2014: “I don't have a Facebook account, which these days occasionally makes me wonder if I actually exist.”

I still don’t have a Facebook account, though that rarely causes the same existential concern. I moved earlier this year to a new state, Colorado, from a place I had lived for seventeen years, the Bay Area of California. Wanting to stay in touch with the people there may be the thing that finally convinces me to change my mind.

From 2010: “I like the feeling of being just a half-step removed from my regular self for a day. Perhaps enough small steps will take me somewhere entirely new.”

This is exactly what my Halloween costume was this year, too. Me, but a heightened, punk version of me. I continue to take baby-steps to figuring myself out. Where I’m at right now is good, but I’m certain it could still be something better.

From 2008: “I laugh easily (though I’m often not the first one to get the joke), I cry easily (much to my chagrin) and I startle easily (BOO!)
I am happy more often than I am sad. I am more comfortable in my skin now than I have ever been.”

Huh – this brings tears to my eyes. It’s still true, but 2008 me didn’t know how difficult 2009 would be, and the time it would take to feel like my skin really fits me again.

I guess the goal now is to get back to here - “I am happy more often than I am sad.” It’s what I wish for everyone else, too.

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I don't know why I didn't realise you'd been living in the Bay Area before. Maybe because I haven't really been on LJ much in the last several years.

Facebook is great for keeping in touch with people who live far away, though. It's where most of my communication with those people happens.

I remember noticing when you moved to CA - but I lived more South Bay on the other side of the bridges, and we were already thinking about moving so I never found a good time to reach out. It is a bummer.

Yeah, this is why I think I may need to join FB. My people are scattered all over and I miss them.

Understandable. I've only been down to the South Bay a few times since moving here. Where in Colorado are you living now? I have family in Denver.

We're just outside Denver proper which I am liking. Close enough that we can get there to do stuff bit far enough that it's quieter.

I shall have to let you know next time I'm in Denver, then. They just had an improv festival, so my troupe has discussed the possibility of submitting to perform there next year. One of my dad's cousins lives in the general area and she's been super supportive of my stuff on Facebook so it'd be cool if I could go perform there and she could come see me.

Please do let me know if you make it to Denver - especially if you're performing here, it would be fun to go out and see some good improv.

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