Proposition and Introduction

exit50photoThe midwestern United States provide excellent terrain for personal revelations. Family road trips are a part of our culture, and since there’s not much to look at out here, we can get into those deep, life changing discussions.

It was a trip such as this, just before a Thanksgiving get together, driving through northern Minnesota, when Suzanne asked me, “What do you think about marriage?” and I replied, “Well, I’d like to be married to you.” One thing led to another, and we decided to get married.

Heading home to Minneapolis last December, after visiting family in Lincoln, Nebraska, my wife Suzanne and I had another revelation. We’re somewhere north of Des Moines Iowa, when she turned to me and said, “Let’s move to New York.” I replied, “Sure, let’s do it.” A few hours later, after much discussion, we had decided to move.

My hope here is to document the process and share this experience with my family and friends (and by the magic of the Internet, anyone else who cares to visit). This decision has affected so many different aspects of my life, personally, professionally, artistically, and philosophically; I feel the need to put some of these thoughts in writing.

I will be covering a broad range of ideas throughout this process. I’ll address the logistical aspects of moving (do hotels in Ohio allow cats?), the musical preparation involved, (lip slurs anyone?), as well as the insertion in to New York (apartment broker? what the…!??).

This blog stems from a personal need to clarify the noise* in my head.

*If you haven’t read The Knife Of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness, you should check it out. It’s a new teen fiction book that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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