When I lived in Missouri through the mid-90s my mind would always wander to one particular place in Albany whenever I’d become homesick: the intersection of Lark St, Madison, and Delaware. There was no particular reason for this since neither my neighborhood nor my college were near here. But this one spot always represented the heart of downtown Albany for me nonetheless. How apropos that my first apartment upon returning to Albany in 1997 would be right on this corner above Oh Bar, in a building with several long-term tenants and thus very few vacancies. This only happened because the timing was right.
I moved away from that apartment when a new relationship I’d developed with Steve turned serious. His house was in my old college neighborhood, ironically enough. Upon that relationship’s end I returned to the apartment-search several times over, and each time I would wish for my old apartment over Oh Bar to open back up. And that time has finally arrived. (One floor down from there actually, but who’s counting?)
I couldn’t be more overjoyed about this new chapter in my life; the move coincides with my going permanent with a company I have been pursuing for the past three years. People say things always happen in clusters! I guess it’s true.
As I look forward into the new year I see a completely different life from what I’ve had over the past five. I don’t know what’s to come but I can’t see anything bad on the horizon, and for the first time in a long time I feel 100% confident that my next step forward will be onto solid ground in friendly territory, both metaphorical and otherwise. Not to get too ‘New Age-ey’ but I believe that each person has certain places on the Earth where their energy will have the most traction, and I’ve always believed that this intersection in Albany is one of mine. And with certain other big goals in mind, which I have been covertly working toward over the past year, I think that 2014 will be my year. Call this my early New Year’s resolution.