June 2008 -- Update from the other side of Gotham

Wow, three years since an update. I must have nothing to tell, right? :(

Self-awareness can be a horrible thing sometimes, and I think it's safe to say that over the past three years, I've learned a lot about my self (sic).

Most importantly, I learned that my "self" was dissatisfied, even a bit angry. I was trying to stuff my self into several situations that, while not necessarily wrong or inappropriate, were a struggle to say the least.

Moving to New York was one of those situations. Making the try for a career as an actor was another. Doing both simultaneously counted as one in and of itself.

Over the past three years, I've had to pursue several methodical courses to regain control of my self. Maybe one day, when we are sitting around over a song or a drink or two, we'll talk more about that. Just know that, given the unpredictable paths that life can propel you on sometimes, I needed some help. I'm very glad that I received it.

I've recently resigned from my position at Citigroup. It wasn't a good fit; I simply did not belong there. I got the job primarily by happenstance, but it wasn't even CLOSE to what I want to do, and I just wasn't able to go on. I learned a lot while I was there, and I made the acquaintance of some terrific people, so no regrets for the experience at all.

I have no other position lined up at the moment, but thankfully I'm able to spend a few months meeting some more immediate needs while figuring out exactly what to do next. I recently moved to the West Side, traveled to the UK several times (see shots from the Edinburgh Festival 2006), and saved some money which I'm now taking a little time to spend.

So, back to user support or training or techwriting? Yeah, probably. It pays well, and chances are that I can get work. But wouldn't it be great to have a really COOL job? Something where I get to travel, where I get to write, where I get to interact with fun, creative, intelligent people. Seems I've somehow always methodically denied myself that pleasure.

Onward!

Michael