Fair warning: The bottom half of this article contains spoilers for Netflix season 4 The Crown’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana. If you know your British Royals history, then technically it contains no spoilers at all. 😉
Once again we have made it to the week of Halloween and all of its spooky glory. Had 2020 not turned out to be the nightmare before Christmas, many of us would be attending some form of Halloween festivities. Alas some of us may find ourselves huddled up on a couch watching scary movies while others may get creative with a Zoom virtual party.
The end of a year is always a common time to reflect on the past. Writing a blog that focuses on the evolution of Gen X today also has me a bit nostalgic. Following is a small handful of memories that helped shape us from the start. Join me in the new year and we will explore who we are now.
With the dreaded big 4-0 quickly approaching I had been thinking I needed a change. I loved LA for so many things. Among them the weather, the beaches and my long drives up the coast through Malibu. Hollywood nights with friends and the live music scene was also something I enjoyed. I loved switching among the vibes of Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Melrose. If I wanted a faster pace I could head into Tinsel Town or Downtown. Driving 4-6 hours in any direction would land me in a completely different city and vibe. The trouble was, Los Angeles attracts so many selfish, narcissistic people. It makes the decent people more difficult to find. I had reached a point where I wanted substance. Also, I was finally ready to drop the actors and musicians in favor of a normal, healthy relationship. It would be tough to leave my friends and the good things about LaLa Land but around age 35 I started researching options.
With Halloween once again fast approaching it seemed like a good time to talk about famous cemeteries. Here are a few I have seen along my travels.
Step parent struggles? I never wanted kids. Part of that was because I had grown to become the exact person I had always verbally said I didn’t want to become as a kid – the kind that couldn’t relate to kids. I guess it can happen to the best of us. The bigger part though was that I have always firmly believed that if you are not willing to completely give up your life as you know it in favor of the child, then you should just not have them at all. Somehow I inherently knew I wasn’t willing to do that. In the end, the latter thought – do it right or don’t do it at all – is what made me a decent parent.