Hello Again

It’s been a year, so I thought I’d drop a line to all you strangers out there. First of all, Michelle and I are about to celebrate our first anniversary next week. And second, Michelle’s due date is a week later. So yeah, we’ve been busy.

Looking back on the year, all I can really say is I’m happier than I’ve ever been. I feel this is the life I always wanted and sometimes when I wake up I have to remind myself that it’s real. I never intended this blog to be so touchy-feely with all the self-help platitudes but then again I never expected anything to really change. But now I can say that I am the biggest advocate in the world for taking control of your own life. It’s as simple as making a list of the things you wish you could change and then coming up with some ideas to fix them. Maybe the solutions don’t work but just trying to make a change is sometimes good enough to have an impact on your life is surprisingly positive ways.

I’m still not a hundred percent happy at work. I went back into banking after I lost my job because that’s all I really knew how to do. Now I feel an obligation to earn money to support the family, so even though it’s not any more fulfilling, I am less upset by it. Maybe one day I’ll pursue my real passion and become a professional pole vaulter– just kidding. That’s just it. A lot of people I talk to don’t like their jobs but they don’t know what else to do.

Gunther is still at it with the eBay trading. He never did get back together with Monica but who am I to judge? You never know what a relationship is like for real until you’re in it.

I still talk to strangers. Almost every day. It gets harder because most of the people I run into on a given day aren’t strangers anymore. I pretty much know everyone at the Whole Foods, the dry cleaners, the gas station, etc. Still, I run into people at my office building, or in lines, and I almost always strike up a conversation. I know there’s a lot of people in L.A. but it seems like I’ve talked to most of them. Maybe the next time you’re in line at Take a Bao, I’ll be behind you asking if you’ve seen any good movies.

That’s all for now. If there’s something I forgot to update you on, just post a question and I’ll respond.

Until next year…

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13 Responses to Hello Again

  1. jenj says:

    Hey, congratulations!! Its going to be a whirlwind being a new parent, but hopefully you and Michelle have an easy time of it. I’ve been talking to strangers regularly still since reading your blog, and I feel like its gotten a lot easier, although I haven’t been talking to random strangers in line, just cashiers etc. I guess I need to get brave enough to take that next step. Best parenting advice I can give you; try to be genuinely happy and interested when your kid enters the room, every time. Its the best gift you can give them.

  2. Paul Esparza says:

    That’s all great! I always recommend your blog to people, still waiting for the movie.

    And since you finished, your blog has inspired me to keep talking to people.

  3. Eby says:

    So cool, I have a blog where I talk to strangers and record our conversations. So excited and surprised to find a like mind here:) I wish you all the best with starting a new family.

  4. Alex C says:

    Hey thanks for the update! Glad to hear you’re doing well, though can definitely can understand the whole ‘not-satisfied-with-work’ thing. I wonder, are you pursuing any creative projects in your free time to fill the void this blog used to have? Taken up a new hobby or anything?

    • Thanks for the note, Alex. I am working on something, a novel, but it’s terrible and I’m a total cliche to be another one of those people in LA who’s writing a book. Don’t tell anyone.

  5. Alex C says:

    Will do ;)

    You know what they say, it takes 10,000 hours to become great at anything.

  6. Jason says:

    Thanks for the update. It’s always great to know that you are still on the path that this journey led you to.

    As for the novel, approach it the same way you did your self-improvement. Writing is a process, and the only way to get better at it is to keep working at it. While neither is a guarantee of success, people often don’t realize that discipline is as important as talent when it comes to art.

  7. Peter says:

    Update, where art thou? D:

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