So the meeting with Chuck last night went really well. He came over around 7pm and left around 10pm. We talked about all sorts of things and really hit it off well. I know Chuck from way back, he was a gamer and we hung around together for a stretch of years, but eventually he got more into poker and hung around with different folks. He’s about 10 years older than I am and has a wicked fun sense of humor and is very easy going. He’s recently divorced as well and is looking for a place to stay for at least a year and maybe more. He seemed to like my house and likes the living space I’ve set aside for a roommate (converted the den into a large efficiency-style bedroom/living area with attached half-bath). He’s pretty much exactly what I was looking for.
He’s not sure exactly when he can move in, says it might be two weeks might be four, so I’m mentally penciling him in by the end of April. I just had to submit my work hours for my part-time job for May and trimmed about 12 hours from the month. Which is a little risky but I can always pick up more hours later if I need to. One Saturday I signed up for 8 hours instead of 12 so I could do some housework before going into work. I also cleared my schedule for two social outings.
One is a monthly gathering called Drinking Liberally, which is a national organization that encourages liberals to get together over drinks and talk about politics, an American tradition that stretches back to Colonial times. I’ve written a little bit about politics a few times here before, it’s something I’m passionate about but have rarely had any time to participate in. There’s a Richmond chapter that meets the first Sunday of each month, so I’m going to go check it out in May and hope to meet some cool people and expand my woefully tiny social circle.
The last Wednesday of each month is when the Virginia Screenwriters Forum meets and I’ve cleared my evening to attend the meeting in May as a guest. I am super-stoked about this—getting together with a bunch of creative types always gives me a creative buzz and I can’t wait to tap back into that! Again, I’m hoping to meet some cool people and expand my social circle in this way as well, though it’s much more of a “workshop” environment and when I was with the group a decade ago not many were interested in socializing outside of the monthly meeting. Then again, I was married at the time, and who knows what this bunch will be like? Maybe some of them might be interested in going to a movie then hanging out afterwards and talk about it over drinks?
I know I’m getting a little ahead of myself… but I’m so damn excited! It’s been nearly impossible for me to concentrate and get anything constructive done today…