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«  Tue.11.20.2001  »
6:56 am EST        36°F (2°C) in metro Detroit
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It's been three months since updates again. By all outward signs, my life is going even worse than it was back in January and February (when I was just inches above suicidal tendencies), but you certainly wouldn't see me show it. There's just something about how I approach life now that has kept me from going off the deep end, even under more serious threats than I faced early this year.

I used to be the total Type A personality, always driven, always stressing to the max over the tiniest little things. Now I'm at the total polar opposite end of the scale; I probably don't take things seriously enough in a lot of cases, but it hasn't done me in yet.

I've moved again since my last update; again I won't give my exact whereabouts, but I'll let it be known that I am in the area known as "Downriver." (That is to say, down the Detroit River from the city, toward Lake Erie.) People who need to know where I am know where I am.

I've been unemployed since October 16, but I may be starting something as soon as Friday. Not everything is completely set in stone yet, but I may be starting the training for an over-the-road truck-driving career later this week. Provided I can secure a little assistance from my parents, I'll be headed down to Indianapolis after my turkey dinner this Thursday night, and staying there through December 5. After a few days off, I'd get some runs with a trainer, and after a month of that, I'd become what they call a "first-seat" driver for an Arkansas-based carrier.

Back in February, I passed up a chance to jump into a truck-driving career, the reason being that I wanted to give (a) living with my parents and (b) the search for a boyfriend a chance. Well, the experiment with the parents officially failed July 1, and after my most recent relationship, I can't bring myself to give a rat's ass about finding companionship. I mean, I'm talking to a couple people, and I might be meeting one of them informally later this week, but I'm putting no real effort into it for a while. If one of these guys wants me, they'll do way more to show it than "Bitch Boy" ever did. Point is, the lifestyle of a truck driver is less daunting to me now than it was earlier this year; in fact, it might be quite welcome.

I was just going through this section's calendar of updates, and had a thought. This is only the sixth time I've made an update here since March 1. For as fast as I was going last December (19 updates in a single month!), I'm going just as slow now, I guess. And while we're on the topic of this site's history, I might as well mention it now: Saturday will mark the third birthday of Larry's Phat Page, in all its various incarnations and homes on the Internet. I wrote a lot more ballyhoo about the birthday, as well as a history of the site, in my November 30, 2000 update; so instead of re-stating that here, go to that page and read it.