Monday, December 19, 2005

Returning to Los Angeles

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Unfortunately, I won't be able to post anything for a little while. I'm returning to Los Angeles and have been rather busy getting prepared, hence my absense from your blogs. Everything should be back into full swing after the holidays, until which time I plan to enjoy Christmas with my family here in England before I say goodbye to them for a while.

I love everything about England. Living abroad for a prolonged period really gives you a completely new perspective on where you grew up. The people here are so down to earth, good humoured, and a lot more fun loving than they realize. They are also cynical and pessimistic as hell... which doesn't necessarily bring out the best in people, but it certainly keeps their feet on the ground. London is vast, brimming with history, as multi-ethnic as anyplace on earth, and as exciting and colorful as any big city. The soccer is great too, which I'll miss very much indeed. It will always be my home.

It's been a difficult period in my life. I left my job and returned to focus on writing, and all I really have to show for it are these protracted political rambles below. Sometimes things don't work out the way you hoped they would, and maybe I'm not cut out to be a writer, which remains my dream. When it comes to life generally, in spite of the many thoughts and feelings that weigh me down, I'm still not sure what I really want to say. Maybe being back in the US again will give me a chance to get involved in something appropriate.

It'll be nice to see my doggy again, be forced to smoke outside bars and restaurants (ughh), eat decent Mexican food, and enjoy the sparkling lights downtown while driving on the freeway. Also it'll be nice to have to tip every single human being that ever serves me anything...(what's up with that?) and better still: Lost, West Wing, ER, Apprentice, Survivor... yey! I'm so tired of downloading episodes via limewire and slowing down my internet connection.

Anyways, I doubt anything will change on this blog, although I've noticed since getting my powerbook back that this design doesn't work so great on Mac's.

I hope you all have a great Christmas, eat lots of food, get rat-arsed drunk, while enjoying the company of those you love. I hope also you get to give and receive some great prezzies. I'm off to see how I can avoid travelling Air France which appears to be the best flight available for me. The french can fly planes right? I wonder what kind of food they serve on a long haul flight...

25 comments:

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

Graham,
You have a wonderful trip to LA.
They serve crap food no matter which airline you take so …suck it up. 

Your doggie will be glad to see you I’m certain of it.

Have a great holiday.

Graham said...

Thanks Alice, I'm looking forward to seeing her.

You know, I have to say the food thing is actually not true from my experience. Both with Virgin and British Airways the food is kinda cool. I'm a veggie and I think they try pretty hard to come up with an inventive meal for us non-meat eaters.

Unfortunately said Airways cost a lot more than Air France right now.

You too, Alice :). Good luck fine tuning the new template.

Chris said...

Hey Graham, I have always enjoyed this place. I too have been busy with work lately and have not been able to do much of anything else. I'm going to have some time off over the holidays, mostly for eating and watching sports. It just seems right now that life in general is messed up.

I hope your LA adventure will produce your desired results. If you ever travel through Illinois let me know.

Girl on the Blog said...

Graham... you are a wonderful writer... I do believe if you keep at it your dream will come true... you got a fan in me and many others! I learn so much from your post and you truly make me think! ;)

I am sure your doggy has missed you.

Need to stop that smoking anyways!!!!!

Glad you will get to see your shows via TV rather than via Limewire...

Have a safe ride home... Hope you have a wonderful Holiday season and a happy New Year....

**BTW... I'll be back to blogging in the next month or two... under a different name... :)**

Lisa said...

Graham,

Yeah...didn't you STOP smoking? :P
Anyway, you know what I think of all this. (it's somewhat similar to the above comments...)

I don't usually trust the French, but maybe they have figured out planes. For your sake, I hope so. :)

Fence said...

Have a happy christmas

avereragebusinessman said...

The Holidays in general are busy for me at work and home.

I hope you have a great holiday also and come back ready to rock. I have enjoyed this site.

Graham said...

Thanks guys :)

Helen said...

Have a very, very Merry Christmas Graham.
Peace............

avereragebusinessman said...

Happy Holiday Graham.

Enjoy it and hopfully the New Year will be good.

Graham said...

Thank Helen and AB :)!

Happy holiday and Christmas too. Hopefully the new year will be cool.

Sally said...

You should have reverted back to saying football and not soccer! ;-)

Have a good trip to LA!!

Graham said...

Thanks Sally :).

I try and say soccer as the people that come here are 90% American :). Hope you have a lovely christmas.

And seeing as its December 25th, Happy Christmas to everybody too :).

Day by Day said...

Hey Graham... stop by- k. I tried emailing but you have no email... LOL!

Anonymous said...

Graham's been gone for a long time now...anyone else suffering from long post withdrawal? :P

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

ok graham, times up.
I've been to Hawaii and back.

I also spent a couple of hour at LAX yesterday......ya know what????????

They have internet in California....go figure. ;)

Anonymous said...

What Alice said (time's up). :P

Day by Day said...

Where is Graham, Where is Graham... come back and play... please! :)~

Sophia said...

Graham! Can't wait to see you come back; you are very missed. Happy trails to you.... :)

Lisa said...

Graham,

Obviously our comments and good wishes are not enough to get you out of hiding. So...how about this: Clinton is the most overrated President that the United States has EVER had. Besides that, most of his good ideas came from Republicans.

{I'm trying to bait Graham into an appearance here, not to make an actual argument. If I wanted to do that, I would save it for a more sympathetic audience. :) }

So...are you going to let this go unchallenged, Graham? :P

Anonymous said...

Has anyone here heard from Graham lately? If so, please update the rest of us. :)

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Amy said...

Hi Graham,

I'm wondering how L.A. is treating you. Doing any writing? (It's okay if you aren't).

I'm also vegetarian, and I find airplane vegetarain food to be pretty good, except for the fruit plate. Fruit is not a meal.

Eban said...

Hey Graham, where are you bro? I am jonesing for a post-fix.

Hope all is well.

Cheers!