This blog needs some good news. But first and foremost, my respect to kerrcarto and his family. Kerrcarto, this, too shall pass my brother.
This is the third and final installment of the Mid-Life Crisis series...Thank God!
After I graduated from the University of North Texas, I moved to Waxahachie. I was hired as a production manager for a small manufacturing company down in Ennis. Within a couple of months I had befriended my top customer's representative in Seattle and so the long-distance relationship began. One thing led to another, and I moved to Seattle within less than a year of employment at my first real job (she got pregnant...oops). We married in 1999; Samuel was born soon after, and we bought the house I just sold last week. I've lived here almost 10 years: I was married here; had two kids (Samuel and Cora); all while managing a successful career in the aerospace industry and achieving my graduate degree. And then, divorced here, subsequently overhauling my career from manufacturing to real estate with two little ones under my wings. Stress. I've also gained 40 fucking pounds, and have toured the fires of hell and depression. But I've also had some kick-ass times intertwined in between...too many fun stories to tell...but a lot of pain that's hard to understand at the same time...
It is time to move on and get back into shape; this time, on my terms.
Some of life's odysseys have happy endings and, honestly, I didn't think this one would work. But, I think it did after all. My two beloved children are now home after a long summer with their mom, and just in time because I wrapped up the negotiations on my house the evening prior to their arrival. While I did not earn what I wanted for my house with regards to net proceeds, I earned just enough to close this chapter of my life. Its bittersweet. Hell, I'm fortunate and slightly smart because a lot of people are upside down in their homes.
I was granted early occupancy and so we start moving this afternoon. I sign on Tuesday; my house closes on Wednesday, and my new house closes on Thursday. Meanwhile, the kids and I will be down in the San Jose, CA area for my cousin's wedding and returning September 2nd. Then, Cora starts kindergarten, and Samuel advances to 4th grade. Big daddy starts life's next chapter in a new house on a golf course to boot! Talk about having your cake and eating it, too.
To my ex-wife...who's laughing now, bitch?! I'm not the fat loser you've called me all these years. I'm a respectable father, a professional, a good neighbor, and a gottagetdrunkfirst contributor. Hell yeah! Go slither back under a rock.
Cheers everybody! This is my moment.
Next stop: 190 lbs. and back in college swimming form! Behold, the Fat-o-Meter blog series begins. Be back in about 10 days. Later.