While out on the south side of Brunswick to visit the liquor store, I stopped in the government and public access cable TV studio. I used to work for the guy who runs it back when there was no cable access, and before I went off to start a facility for the next town over. Haven't talked to him in probably two or three years.
It's amazing how much stuff they can produce these days, and how much automation he has. He has a four-camera robotic system now, computerized, that one person can throw in the trunk of a car and record a city council meeting on. That's amazing.
The visit reminded me of a lot of good times doing that job even part time. I liked doing it full time in Medina too. What a shame that those assholes there had to ruin it for me (and subsequently the program I started there was never fully realized). But even though I had to move on from it all, it reminds me what a good time I had, and I'm grateful for it.
I also talked to Stephanie today, who has been approved for a mortgage for a condo in Boulder. I'm really happy for her that she's moving toward getting her own place again, because that's the one thing that she really appreciated the most post-separation.
We talked quite a bit about our cats, cooking, decorating, dating and whatever. While getting divorced was never in the plan, and it was painful to go through, I'm glad that we both seem happier now, and we're both still very thankful for the experience we had together.
And that all brings me full circle to the future. I'm excited about pretty much everything going on right now in my life, as it's an extension of the mostly good run I've had so far. It's easy to wallow in sadness that things have changed, but I simply can't. Why mourn the loss of things when it feels better to cherish that you had them in the first place? When you look at it that way, you can truly appreciate that there's more to come.
Things don't always go according to plan, and I might even go as far as to say they almost never do, but what seems like the alternate plan, maybe even the better plan, is pretty cool too.