Where does the time go?
Today is my anniversary of living in Glasgow. I’ve spent nearly half of my life in this fine city…In that time, I’ve watched it grow, change and even mature – for the better.
While it’s true that the weather leaves something to be desired, Glasgow more than makes up for it with its stunning architecture, varied music, abundance of parks, restaurants, museums and especially its amazing people.
While I look out my living room window, pondering all that I love about Glasgow, it’s a colour clash of green trees and gray skies. I hear the gentle, constant rumble of the M8 traffic, and birds engaged in an animated conversation too.
It feel like “home”.
If you told me, twenty-four years ago, that “a year from now you’ll marry a pen pal and move half way around the world” – I’d never have believed you. That’s life though isn’t it? It has funny way sometimes. I am not living the life I’d planned, but I don’t know if I ever had a plan.
Though my marriage only lasted a few years, my love affair with Glasgow endures and it actually grows year-on-year.
Every day there are a few things I hear, from people I meet, over and over “You’ve been here that long?” followed by something like “are you mad?” or “you haven’t lost your accent*”.
Both may or may not be true, I’m not entirely sure…
But I love this city for its diversity…There is something to do every night here! On any given week I can take in a film, gig, or go networking. Sometimes I even host my own events for networking (this week was #29Social at 29 Private Members Club in Glasgow) or for 80s music.
As a California it’s been fun to host my own radio shows here (FYI: currently on Celtic Music Radio), and sometimes contribute to other shows – like next week, I am due to be on Kaye Adams show on Radio Scotland (all being well) – talking about viral content in the “Social Media Whirl”.
So what keeps me here? I am not sure. I guess I’ve never found a place I want to be more than here. I try to live in the principle of being happy wherever I am – and not let geography dictate it.
What do I love most? The music, the parks, the restaurants, River Clyde, and the friends I’ve made here over two decades…One thing I can say, it’s not the weather! (Though I often joke that it is why I came here in the first place).
Soon I am headed to my other “home”, the Silicon Valley, for somewhat major high school reunion, and I suspect there I’ll be told I have an accent, so I have to wonder who’s right? Do I have an accent or not?
For now it’s the best of both worlds. I spend a chunk of time each year in California and the bulk of my time in Scotland. Two of the most wonderful and beautiful places on earth. It’s not a bad life, it really isn’t.
As far as love affairs go, my love of Glasgow is the most enduring love I’ve ever had. Like all relationships it’s tested me at times. But when it comes down to it, it’s out-lasted all my other relationships combined.
Anyway, I’m off to celebrate my 23rd anniversary at a fave pub, McPhabbs with a fellow American, Lynette, who calls this city home too. We’ll no doubt compare notes over dinner and then we’re off to see a gig. Basically another normal night in this not-so-normal life of mine.