Monday, January 09, 2012

All Things Shining


Sometimes things don't work out the way we planned. And sometimes that's a very good thing.

I came out to Los Angeles with the intention of putting in a couple of months of freelance work, then turning around and heading back to Miami. That was the plan. It's not anymore. Since arriving two weeks ago, the work and the opportunity have piled up exponentially, friends old and new have embraced my older-and-slightly-wiser ass, and I've felt a burst of energy and momentum that I haven't known in years. Bottom line: What started a couple of months ago with finally finding my footing after years of pain and depression has evolved into, believe it or not, a little happiness and honest-to-God optimism.

I've needed to get a life for quite a while -- and damn if I didn't find one in the last place I ever expected.

So that's it. I'm staying in California.

Anybody wants to know how I am, I can finally answer: I'm good.

37 comments:

Adrienne Saia said...

Beautiful, Chez. Happy for you :).

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

"like"

Peace to you, my friend.

JohnF said...

That's awesome. Is it true that you're by the Hollywood Bowl? It's a nightmare during the summer concert season, but lovely otherwise.

Matt Mangels said...

Hi Chez, obsessive reader/rare commenter here, just wanted to say congratulations. California is indeed where it's at. Drop me a line if you're ever in San Francisco.

GLG said...

You and Chris Paul.
Good to hear!

Alanna said...

El-AY. Live it, enjoy it. You deserve it.

Al said...

Man it's good to hear you sounding so happy.

mtoddohno said...

Excellent, Chez. It's time to enjoy life.

Jadine said...

That's just fantastic, Chez. It also sounds a lot warmer than where I am. Enjoy the warmth of both the weather and your happiness.

SteveR said...

Well done, sir. Good to hear.

Ref said...

Cool!

hilz said...

Hell yes. That is wonderful to hear! Keep smiling!

toastie said...

Awesome! To borrow a phrase from Andrew Sullivan, "Know Hope"

IrishGirl said...

That's very cool to hear. You've done your time in hell (or purgatory, your choice) and deserve some happiness. It's like coming out of cave into the light, isn't it?

drater said...

Glad that's working out for you. I lived in LA 20 years ago. Just spent a week visiting, and while it was fun, I can't imagine moving back.

Michael said...

Very happy that you are happy sir. Please keep it up!

Bill Orvis White said...

Huge mistake, Chez. There are no good proper jobs in Governor Moonbeam's den of evil--only endless nights of secular debauchery. When you fall on your face from an all-night unlimited sex-fueled heroin and coke binge, there's a 45-yr-old couch, with a cherry pie-filled TV tray and a Bible waiting for you here in Hattiesburg. God Bless, Bill

alumiere said...

Glad you like it here; I know that LA is a surprisingly good place for me to have landed!

lakelady said...

Read this this morning and have to say it was a great way to start the week. I'll echo what Matt said - if you're ever in the bay area I have a well stocked bar and a spectacular view of the Pacific. Cheers Chez, hope this feeling stays around a long long time.

(ha, the captca is "linings", as in sliver ;) )

Capt Clown said...

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Marsupialus said...

It's a good place to be, and if you're looking for a great acupuncturist on the west side (near the beach), we have recommendations!

agrazingmoose said...

California will do that to a person.

JackDanieL said...

lots of love from Sandy Eggo.

Anonymous said...

Now you'll finally get to become your destiny - the lead from "Californication."

Seriously, what exactly will you be doing out there?

Effective Media Group said...

That is awesome...getting out of MIA is not nec.. a bad thing...great to see you are getting your groove back..

em said...

Happy to hear this Chez. Enjoy...

Lisa Claybaugh said...

Welcome back. This state can be very healing.

FabMax said...

Good for you.

Busayo said...

Congrats, Chez. I hope the feeling lasts.

Jim said...

That's great to hear. My advice for everyone I've known in Florida is "Get the fuck out" ..and congrats on the show airing in DC!

CNNfan said...

Are those old friends in Los Angeles looking for you to take Top Emmy Awards for them again?

When climbing to the top, they don't have to go out on a limb. Since you have some already, you are the safe choice for Emmy Awards,

Anonymous said...

Good Question CNNfan, how about it Chez??

Riles said...

That's awesome. It's not so bad here, although I'd love to get back to San Diego some day. I'll send you some restaurant suggestions for if you're ever here on the westside.

cgwalt said...

Good for you Chez. Get used to being happy, it's addictive.

Tuba Terry said...

I'm working my way through Dead Star Twilight right now and goddamn if this didn't have me nearly in tears. Good to know even the worst didn't keep you down.

I've gone through my own personal battles and that moment when you can honestly say "I'm good" is a glorious one indeed.

Mary Beth said...

Cheers and big love from the other side of our crazy nation. I'm so happy for you. Cranky up the Tupac! -- Mary Beth

alopecia said...

Good on ya, mate!

Since you're out here, could you do me a favor? I don't get over to the Westside very often, so if you happen to drive by Breitbart's place, moon him for me. Thanks in advance.