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Oct. 30th, 2008 | 06:17 pm

Wow, it's been a bit. My access to the Internet isn't what it used to be.

Brief synopsis:

I made the big move out of Athens and was left in penury by the expense of the truck and the gasoline. I'm back in Macon, with family for the time being (as mandated by the aforementioned penury). I got myself a job, which I start Monday. It's GEICO this time. So, my grand experiment in attempting a return to school has officially gone full circle in failure. I'm at another insurance company, only now I'll work claims instead of underwriting and make a bit less until I'm out of new-hire probation. Awesome.

I'm actually a shade more sanguine than all of this makes me sound. After the first post-move week of pure desolation, something shifted in my head, and I can read again now. I've gone through a bunch of 20th-century/contemporary American novels: Roth, Vonnegut, Bellow, Barth, Powers, etc. It feels good, and that helps. Also, I've already cast my early vote for Obama. That felt great. I don't think Georgia's in the cards for him; but it's been declared a tossup, so I can hope.

That's all there really is to say for now. I'll hoard my first two months' paychecks toward the purchase of a car and the payment of a deposit on the most reasonable apartment I can find. Till then, I'm in a holding pattern. Here's to better luck next year.

My best to all those in dire straits and desperation. The rest of you should be fine on your own.

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