2009 was definitely a year of changes for me and if you'd asked me this time last year if I'd have settled for that it would have been a big, fat, definite YES. I needed a change. It feels good to keep moving; if things stay the same too much I get bored. Most significantly, it was the year that I moved in with my girlfriend after getting some psychotherapy to help me deal with the impulse to bolt. Not funny at the time, but funny to think of it now. Happily, co-habiting has worked out like a dream. It's like breathing - no effort and it keeps me alive. Although I was South London and proud for ten years I have found out that West is best, at least for now. I'm a terrible one for believing that the assumptions I make about a place or a person are true but I'm trying to change that. There are probably as many twats in Notting Hill as there are any other part of town, its just that they drive more expensive cars and drink more cocktails. I've even started drinking them. I know £8 is a lot for a drink, but then I think £3.50 is a lot for a pint of Guinness. I love both, its just that cocktails work faster on me, are more interesting to drink due to my rare ingestion of them and they don't make me fart as much. You can't beat a Chocolate Flip from the Electric, I'm telling you.
I'm coming off the back of 3 days of pre-Christmas boozing in the name of catching up with friends before we all leg it for Christmas. A Thursday night in a Maida Vale pub complete with a big fire, the smell of mulled wine and big fat flakes whirling around outside was contrasted sharply by a curry and a Friday night in an Islington gay bar. The set was completed yesterday with a panto, Thai food, good friends, reflection on what has passed in the last 12 months and thoughts about the one ahead. It's that time of year, right? I flicked back through my emails and it became obvious that it's time for some thanks. As usual I never got round to sending Christmas cards and it probably would have been a whole lot more professional to do so, therefore I hope that turning over the blog to being grateful will do.
Enjoy your time off and I'll be back in touch in the New Year.