I love a good brunch on Sunday!

So I started thinking about this Saturday night before I went to bed.  Now you know it’s bad when you start thinking about breakfast the night before.  I even started pulling up some menus to see what I thought might be the best place to go.  Of course breakfast is a comfort food for a lot of people so Sunday Brunch is awesome.

So we were going to meet at a restaurant called Northstar Cafe in Columbus. They have great food and I’ve always enjoyed my meal there.  The food is original and it’s good for you.  Well I obviously wasn’t the only person who was thinking that Northstar would be good.  When I arrived the line was back to the door.  So it would have taken us about 20 minutes just to order.

Of course if you know me, you know that I’m not going to wait for 20 minutes in a line.  So I called my friend who I was meeting for brunch and we made alternate plans.  It was shaky but we went to Abuelo’s to see if they were busy. 

Now Abuelo’s doesn’t serve breakfast but at this point we (really we’re talking about me) wanted some food.  I have to say I was very pleased with my meal.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve always enjoyed my meals there but this time I asked for suggestions and the waitress suggested their Pescado Guerrero.  I thought, what the heck, it’s seafood which isn’t something I would have thought of getting at a Mexican restaurant. Let me tell you it was delicious!  I liked the vegetables, the sauce, and the Mahi Mahi.  It was a wonderful dish and I completely enjoyed my ‘brunch’ there at Abuelo’s.

The other thing that I completely enjoyed was sitting and talking to my friend Ben.  We just sat there and chatted for a long time.  It was really nice to just reconnect with a good friend and not worry about what I needed to get done. It was also nice because I was stuffed and it gave me some extra time to let some of the food digest.

If you get a chance stop by Abuelo’s and try their food.  It’s not your common Mexican restaurant.  I think of it as being a step above and I’ve never had a bad meal.

Wrapping up a weekend of concerts and college homecoming

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First I want to say, I survived! So this past weekend I had Capital Pride Band concerts Friday night, Sunday afternoon, and the whole day Saturday doing Otterbein University homecoming activities. It was a long weekend! The concerts went well and I’ll be excited to hear the recording. Then Saturday … well lets say there was just to much fun had by some if you know what I mean. So after all that, I’m worn out!

This Wednesday I’m performing in Cleveland with the Blazing River Freedom band. They are doing their fall concert Wednesday October 27, 2010 at 8 PM. The show has a musical theme. So I’ll drive up there to perform in the fantastic Franklin Circle Christian Church. The church has beautiful old architecture.  I enjoy performing there in the huge sanctuary.

A scary thing just crossed my mind … believe it or not we’re headed towards Christmas at an alarming rate.  We’re 2 months away from Christmas!  Lucky for me I’ve already started my Christmas shopping!

I better start working on my list of 2011 new years resolutions.

Just a Football Saturday in the Midwest

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Just a Saturday you say?  Well I have been working on some stuff for my College Fraternity Alumni group and hanging out at home listening to music.  Of course if I was out and about today I would see that my neighborhood is over run with Ohio State University fans.  I’m not even sure who they play today but since I live so close to the university the streets are always crowded with fans.  It makes for great people watching but it can be frustrating as you can imagine.  Our street is overrun with people parking and walking to the game.  So you don’t dare move your car before the game till during the game so that you don’t lose your parking spot if you plan on coming back.

So I guess it’s just a normal Saturday here in my neighborhood.  That’s good seeing as there could be far worse things besides huge crowds of OSU fans.

Mondays are such a drag

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So I successfully made it through another Monday.  I tell you they sure can be a drag.  You’ve just finished having two nice days off work and the wham, it smacks you right in the face.  I mean who ever thought of this whole Monday concept?  It’s just a harsh reality but man oh man look out next Monday because it’s Labor day so no work for those of us pencil pushers!

Next Monday I should be starting my day over in Pittsburgh and then having a fun filled drive back home to Columbus, Ohio.  I’m looking forward to this three day weekend and hanging out with three of my friends in Pittsburgh.  I love road trips like this with friends.  I’m sure it will be a fantastic time and we’ll come back with some funny stories.  If you’re lucky maybe I’ll have some pictures too.

I hear that keeping a diary helps a person.

So I thought I would give this a try.  Who knows if it will help or if people will even find me out here in cyberspace.  I love technology and I thought this would give me a way to do two things at once.  It helps me learn some new technology and lets me spill my guts.  I mean what could be more perfect, right?

So I live in Columbus, Ohio and I’ve lived here pretty much all my life.  I grew up outside of Columbus on a small farm.  It was difficult for a young gay guy to grow up out there but I made do.  I wasn’t well liked and I didn’t have many friends but somehow I had the drive to go on to college and make a better life for myself.  Some of my friends who know where I’ve come from have been amazed at how far in life I’ve come.  There wasn’t any encouragement to go on to college or to follow my love of music.  My parents would have been happy if I would have become a mechanic or even a ditch digger.  I made a choice to become something different or more.  I really made something of nothing.

A few years ago I was offered a job in New Orleans.  I had been asking for a promotion so I could hardly turn it down.  The decision to accept that job ended a three-year relationship.  That was a good thing because it was a relationship that would not withstand the ages.  I was not able to make the emotional connection that I needed and I was starting to become angry and unhappy.  So I accepted the job and picked myself up and moved down to New Orleans.  While there in New Orleans I made some great friends and experienced a who new city.  People were amazed at how easily I made friends and became familiar with New Orleans.

I was extremely lucky to make a friend for life shortly after I moved to New Orleans.  His name was Bob and it was like finding a sister that I had never had.  He was from New Orleans so he knew everything about everything.  He know all the good places to go and things to do almost every weekend.

As I had lived all my life in the Ohio until I moved to New Orleans it was culture shock to say the least.  I did like everything that the city had to offer.  There was amazing art, music, and food.  There were opportunities to experience these things all the time.  Rarely was there a weekend that you couldn’t find one of these things to do.  The people sometimes drove me crazy because it was a different personality than I had ever experienced before.  I tried to just accept it and move forward but it was tough.

After about a year and a half after moving to New Orleans there was another job opening that I thought would be great for my career.  It was a job in the IT department and after spending approximately $20,000 at DeVry University on a second bachelors degree I thought it would be nice to use that education.  So after being offered the job, I accepted the position and moved back to Columbus, Ohio.

After moving back to Columbus I found that it was difficult to reconnect with old friends.  Of course I had been in a relationship before leaving Columbus and so I didn’t have as many close friends as I might have once had.  So over the last 2 years I’ve tried to reconnect with old friends and make new friends.  I found it difficult to say the least.  At the same time I was single and “on the market” again.  Being back in Columbus brought up some old feelings and presented some old problems.  I had always found people here in Columbus difficult to connect with and here I found myself back in the same ole boat.  I was trying to make friends in an environment that I found to be snobbish.

I was able to connect with some old friends and make a few friends.  Sometimes I think it’s good to not have to many friend.  I think true friendship is something rare in life.  To call someone a friend is to have someone who will be there through thick or thin and sometimes considers you family.  Friendships are something I try to value.  I started sending hand written notes to out of town friends a couple months ago to strengthen that bond.  Friendship is something to cherish and I hope that people know that I cherish their friendship.

So now I wonder where life will take me next.  I’m open to new challenges and experiences and I do have a couple things in mind but I’ll save those for another time.  Right now I should get out and enjoy the sun not to mention contacting one of those friends about going out for a drink.