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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thankful Thursday 6/26/2014 and 8 Days!

Happy Thursday, dear readers! Today has been a good day and I'm thankful for that. I am also feeling better, so that's even more of a plus! Today I went into work for a little bit and I'm thankful for the people I work with. They're really keeping their fingers crossed about a job in Michigan and being able to move in the fall after a summer job (hopefully!). I'm glad more people are starting to root for me. I saw a first grade teacher that has been teaching since I was in elementary school. I didn't have her as a teacher, but I did work with her when I was a kid and she remembers me. I saw her at the library today. She had a baby boy and we got talking. She asked me how I was doing and I told her I graduated college in December, I've been looking in Michigan. I told her about Write A House and she thought it sounded like such a great idea. She said I was brave for making the move myself and she knows I'll do great things. :) I also received this e-mail from someone on City-Data yesterday, which also put a smile on my face:

Hi Jess,

This is just a quick note to tell ya dont let the turkeys and naysayers get you down. All of the negative attitude toward Metro Detroit is really ludicrous. I personally was born and raised in the California desert. I was miserable in that small town heat. Just wanted to say dont give up on your dreams. Keep fighting for it. 

Metro is in no way as bad as the media and even some locals portray. Where I live the Oakland County suburbs can compare to any wealthy Chicago or Southern Cal beach community. I mean I can walk to a Whole Foods from my house lol. And one of the greatest malls I have EVER been to is just seconds from my house. I laugh when people talk of the ruins of Detroit.

Now in a way I was "lucky", this kinda fell into my lap. Both of my parents passed away due to illness, and its been a struggle. A friend of mine offered me a place to stay with him, a friend bought me a train ticket and here I am. I am from USA of course.

So anyway I wont sugarcoat it, i havent yet been to Detroit proper except on the train ride but the suburbs are absolutely wonderful.I have no doubt that the city of Detroit has its challenges. but the suburbs compare to anything in the Chicago area or in Southern California and I'm certain they compare to the Philly suburbs or those in New York City. The only major go back in this area is the lack of a public light rail system that even Los Angeles, ironically, has in spades.

Im not without challenges, if I am unable to find work and if his visa falls through, i will have to return to the West Coast, but the retail jobs , at least, looks much more promising than that in Southern California within 1 mile of my house there are help wanted signs everywhere something I did not see in Southern California, at least in a small town I live in with was miles from anything. Sometimes I think the propaganda against the city of Detroit and if economic problemsis because many people want to go over they're own problems. Before I left LA, I took the time to buy the trains are in the city a little bit and I noticed that they were also as a Detroit more than a fair share of empty buildings, overgrown lots, and crime. In my Southern California town the unemployment rate is comparable to Detroit's, as is crime and drug use. No Metro D suburb comes close. They are mostly affluent and safe. Even graffiti is minor. 

So bottom line is, dont let people take away your dreams or scare you off. If I do return to SoCal it will be because my friend could not stay here or the weather got too cold, and I hate hot weather anyway lol. Detroit has so much going for it, its sandwiched between the heartland of the Midwest and the East Coast, and borders the very heartland of Canada. I mean come on, whats not to like. I dont get people sometimes. Anyway good luck ,just wanted to send out a word of encouragement.

Today is throwback Thursday and although I don't have any pictures from my 15th birthday party on June 10, 2004 (I used to have parties three weeks before my actual birthday because people go away for Independence Day... it's tough being born on a holiday), I still have my gifts and card... so I took a picture of those.

My friends Brynn and Liz, which Liz is now living in Alaska and Brynn somewhere in upstate Pennsylvania, and I went to Dave and Buster's for a few hours to hang out. We played arcade games; actually, this was the last time I was in an arcade. Going to Dave and Buster's and coming back, I had pick of the CD that would play in mom's car. I chose a mixed CD that had blink-182, Twiztid, hard rock, and hip hop. When we got back, we opened gifts. I loved my gifts: Liz bought me the CKY CD (I had a huge crush on Jess Margera, the joke was if I married him we'd be Jess and Jess Margera, lol) and it came with a cat card. Brynn gave me a Johnny the Homicidal Maniac graphic novel. JTHM is my favorite and I love Jhonen Vasquez, who also created Invader Zim. We also had cake. It was a sleep over, so we watched movies, gossiped and played games. When Brynn and Liz left, I loved the party bags I gave them. Back in the day, I used to love making and giving party bags. I made them mixes tailored to what they liked to listen to, old fashioned candy, lavender baby shampoo and some of those plastic bracelets. It was really fun. :)


  1. Great to hear that it's been a good day for you and that more people are supporting you. :) Kinds words go a long way and are stronger than what naysayers say.

    It was neat to read about that past birthday of yours. :)

    1. That's true. :)

      Thank you! I love posting about them. :)

  2. Boo it deleted what I wrote when it made me log in! But I am very happy to see you in high spirits about trying to relocate and isn't wonderful finding support in an unexpected place :-) :-) I also highly approve of you #tbt :-) :-) I remember my hair in pigtails very well from that sleepover :-) haha. What plans do you have for your birthday?

    1. Boo! I'm in high spirits because Huntington called me and they want to see me on Monday to talk and to test me to be a summer SAT prep tutor. I really hope I get it; he's cool with me just working for the summer. :)

      Yes! I remember that! I think you took a picture too, haha. I don't really have plans so far. Just hang around here. Someone never got back to me; it's like he's ignoring me., which sucks. Ah well. I really wanted to be moved, but next year will be a birthday in a new place! :)

  3. Good morning! ^_^

    I woke up with the idea of writing my friends stories through email.

    I would watch Invader Zim with my best friend Janelle. We would get ideas for sketching through that show. Hmm, I was struggling over remembering ways in which one would use "would" yesterday when writing to Yury... (I had should and could down.) Hmm, now it's coming right to me.

    Anyway, reading a Russian book made me realise a great pretext of the Great War was money. Debtor and creditor nations.
    How about that.

    *wanders off to get tea*

    1. That sounds neat! :)

      Invader Zim was my FAVORITE show! I used to have Gir shirts; it makes me sad I outgrew them. :( Anyway, Gir, Gaz, Dib and Zim were my favorites. I should see if I could get it on DVD.

  4. It is brave to move on your own!

    1. That's what a lot of people have been saying. I'm just looking forward to it though. :)