Saturday, August 17, 2019

Entering my second year in San Antonio, and other fascinating things you really should see

I hope my writing today finds everyone doing well. It’s been such a long time since I sat down to post something on this blog. I thought I’d take a few moments to catch you up.

I’ve recently entered into my second year-long lease in San Antonio. I’m still convinced I made the right decision by relocating here. Are there things about Houston I miss? Certainly, I grew up there. But I’m close enough right now to jump in a car and be there within hours if I need to at some point. The change of scenery was needed.

I’ve seen Ministry, Garbage, Gary Numan, The Crystal Method and Carrie Underwood in concert while living here (so far). I’ve wandered around the River Walk and toured the Alamo again. I’ve seen movie masterpieces 2001: A Space Odyssey and Apocalypse Now in IMAX. I’ve taken time off to visit Los Angeles, California and Denver, Colorado. I may do more traveling soon, but then again, I may not. Sometimes, you just need to be still. I read that in an old book a time or two. Princess Lacey said that in a music video. I also saw that message on a church sign in San Leon, Texas. That’s wisdom, friends.

Wow.

I’m also about to reach the milestone of four years of full-time self employment. I sell merchandise online, mostly clothing, and have found the day-to-day grind of going out and searching for inventory both fulfilling and freeing. From the outside, people may see my life and wonder how someone can actually earn a living doing this. You might be surprised to know I sold more than $76,000 in merchandise out of a one-bedroom apartment last year, all on the Internet.

That’s not too bad, considering I’m a one-person operation, and I handle every aspect of this business. If I choose to do this long-term, I’ll likely need to pay someone as an independent contractor to do some photography for me at some point. The only real downside to this life is that it is nearly impossible to scale a business like this working alone. However, it’s been a great way to pay the bills while we wait for whatever it is we’re waiting on.

Thank God for the Internet, right? We can sell merchandise, Tweet wonderful music videos and silly thoughts to the entire world, and basically reach as many people as we want as long as what we say or sell is interesting or in demand. If you’d told me when I was in high school that someday I’d write something occasionally on a computer that someone of your importance would read out of curiosity, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. Thanks in great part to the Internet, this is a fantastic time in human history to be alive.

I need to record a new podcast at some point. I have so much I can discuss with you. Since the last podcast I’ve moved to a new city, been in a car accident, been robbed at gunpoint on a Houston street, started and maintained a home business for several years, and I have no idea where the Princess is or if I’ll ever even marry (which was the primary goal here, remember?). There’s a lot of material to work with here. It’s just a matter of plugging the microphone into the computer and pushing record. Sounds pretty simple, right? I should probably do that soon.

Y’all have a good night. Please keep an eye on my Twitter page for some really interesting content. Stay gold.