For those folks who don’t interact with me on other social media sites, & hence to whom this still will be news: I have the apartment. As of Monday, I will be in possession of a place of my own. It’s an exciting prospect.
The actual move won’t happen until after Thanksgiving for logistical reasons, but by this time next week (or a bit later in the day!), I will be living on my own, in my own digs, for the first time since I lived in San Francisco in 1998. That seems like a lifetime ago….
But for all the sense of excitement, I’ve found myself subject to melancholy since yesterday. Part of that is simply exhaustion: I had a long day of medical appointments on Friday, leaving the house at 8:30 & not getting back until close to 5:00—these were all routine by the way, so no worries on that front. But it was draining; & today I meet with my uke student in the town of Milwaukie, which is almost a sort of Planes, Trains & Automobiles venture—actually, just substitute “bus” for planes” & you have it. So no rest for the weary. At least when I have my new place, new students will be coming to me!
In addition, there’s stress associated with finding a place, as potentially liberating as it is. Indeed, my expenses while staying with friends have been limited, & the rent I’ve been paying is itself over $100 less than what I’ll be paying for my own apartment. The only downside of finding the place relatively quickly is that I didn’t have time to build up much of a reserve. But there was no question of not walking into this opportunity, even tho from a financial viewpoint it is going to be difficult.
& it’s difficult too from the perspective that this move brings an even more conclusive finality to the end of my relationship with Eberle as it existed in the past. While we remain friends & friendly, there’s a distance that often seems far greater than 434 miles. But that’s the reality of things.
Finally, I’ve been living in the lap of luxury here in many ways—I have daily friendly companionship, great food, even lovely pets with I can interact. I’ve entered into routines that are integrated with this part of town—the bus routes, the stores, the walks & so forth. These are just now becoming familiar, & are about to change.
So, from the perspective of the blues driving blues away, here’s a little Ramblin’ Jack Elliott with the great old song, “New Stranger Blues.” It does sum up something of what I’m feeling—but don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be back to my usual “sunshine self” soon!
Hope you’re having a great Saturday; if not, hope Ramblin’ Jack lifts your spirits!