adventures in dysthymia

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

AT LAST!

So here's The Really Big News from Steve: It's official, I'm moving! The offer has been accepted on that big ol' house near Graceville FL, it passed the termite inspection, and closing is set for the end of this month. There's going to be a lot of work getting the place nice to live and work in, but it should be worth it. Large rooms with high ceilings! Auditory heaven! Room to spread out, lots of natural light for painting, an acre and a third to grow things on. Yes, I will have a garden!

And the location is pretty good. An hour to the beaches (I'm on the coast here but there aren't any beaches, just mud flats) and venues at Panama City, no further from Tallahassee than I am now, barely 2o minutes to the sizable city of Dothan AL, and (best of all) I'm cutting 175 miles off of my trips to Tuskegee (and other points north).

For those who wonder just where (and what) the heck Graceville is, it's a small town in the Florida Panhandle, near the Alabama border, about 8 miles or so north of Chipley (birthplace of Florida folk music legend, Will McLean). Just a bit off US 231, the major highway running from Panama up through Montgomery, Graceville is home of the Baptist College of Florida -- the main industry there, along with processing peanuts.

Unlike my current location, the house on Peanut Road will not be a good place for any sort of art gallery. But it is quiet and roomy so it will work admirably as a studio location, both art and recording. In fact, the only real drawback I can find is that there is no cable or high-speed internet! I can live with that. I will miss being able to travel easily into penninsular Florida, to Tampa Bay, to Dade City...my face may be missing at some of the festivals I have attended regularly in the past. But I'm sure there will be new opportunities coming with a new location.

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