So I apologize for taking forever to update this.
2011 was one of those years where it seemed like I was constantly on the go. I still have no full time job but thankfully I’ve gotten some freelance writing gigs and other work to keep me afloat. It’s been a knuckle under and just get it done kind of year.
I do like the freedom I have with this situation though. I get to see more daytime press screenings for films and I can plan my writing daily while I send out resumes and network. Sometimes I can even watch ‘Three’s Company.’
I have to say that temp agencies suck. They are just revolving doors of suck that really do not help much. They don’t really seems to see you as more then a number.
The Go Network in St. Louis ahs been pretty good and I’ve met some interesting people who are also out of work. I should not complain since I have a roof over my head, people who love me and a PT job that gives me about 30 hours a week. ut this economy has beeen something. I heard about the Depression from my grandmother and father who were affected by it, but this recession thingy just eats the souls of lesser men. Basically you have to roll up your sleeves, be inventive, hustle and work to make it. To that end I have been lucky and I am thankful.
My radio show won an award this year, Best STL Rock Show, from The Riverfront Times. It was pretty cool and unexpected but I can’t parlez it into a paying or syndicated gig. Drat. I’ve been doing Juxtaposition for 16 years and I really like it. I am so lucky to have a show on KDHX.
I did get to Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, Atlanta and Jacksonville this year, mostly for business or family stuff. I liked Denver. It’s a walkable city and the art museum is really good. They also have a nice downtown area. Jacksonville is nice and I got to see the Atlantic on a cold blustery day. But it was awesome.
I also saw the sun go down over the Pacific when I was in Santa Monica which was pretty great. While in LA I did all the tourist Hollywood stuff and went to Amoeba Records which was badass.
I loved Los Feliz which was pretty walkable and nice. I recommend Skylight Books to visitors. I took the subway through Watts which was interesting to see. LACMA and The Getty were f’in incredible!
I was in Phoenix as well and took time to see The Grand Canyon which was as amazing as I expected it to be. Phoenix itself is kind of crowded and annoying. Although Alice Cooper has a sports bar there. The Phoenix Art Museum is filled with a lot of Western American Art which I hadn’t seen before.
I really love Chicago and am itching to go back! I could go on for hours about Chicago.
I wish I had more interesting stuff to say about 2011 except I worked my ass off most of the time. If I go into more detail it’ll be like The Grapes of Wrath all over again. Sigh.
In appliance news the refrigerator keeps freezing the last 2 racks of stuff which sucks. I also need to get a new DVD player at some point.
Well Happy New Year!
Frankly I am hoping 2012 doesn’t suck as much!