Another fun night at the Kurth!
My newish friend Jenny and I were talking last night about how it's not much fun to blog when it's all sad stuff these days. As we talked and laughed with all the other Public Enemies Bloggers I realized I was having a good time and did have much to be grateful for despite all the heartache. So here's to you Jenny... = )
It all started with Johnny Depp...
Actually it started with heartache and despair and ended with JD. The trouble didn't end, but me not living my life did. Late last fall so many hard things happened all at the same time that I kind of lost my way for a while. Usually when times get tough I just withdraw for a bit, read a good book, get quiet and re centered and then I can face the hard stuff again. This time, I couldn't even READ, I couldn't find a way to connect with that quiet place where things heal.
During those days I ran across a listing of JD's films and realized there were TONS of them I'd somehow missed! (It was hard to believe since I'd been fan since the Jump Street days) I began to hunt them down one by one which in itself was sometimes tough to do. I think I finally got a copy of The Brave from Romania or Chzechoslovachia or somewhere like that! I can't read anything on the cover, but it plays well. = )
As I watched film after film I was astounded at the choices he had made and at his integrity in making them. I imagined he had gone through some dark days as well or he could never have played some of those characters the way he did. In the end his choices paid off, and he's in a way responsible for helping me sense that though the choices I've made (with integrity and good intentions) haven't paid off yet they will, in time... I'm encouraged to continue.
Somewhere around the time I watched the last one, I heard that Johnny Depp would be making a new movie based on the life of John Dillinger, and would be shooting it right here in WI!!! Within days of my hearing this I found that filming had already begun and I got my first introduction to Columbus through Rod's Blog!!!
Nothing has been the same since!
I think I have fallen in love with Columbus, at the very least I have a BIG crush on her! I didn't make it to Columbus for the first round of filming, but through the blog I've been able to follow the filming all around the Stateline area and even Up North as well as make some great new friends. I've stood within 5 feet of Johnny! I've gotten to take part in advocating for "The Auditorium" and hang out at The Kurth getting to know my new buds. = )
Last night I got to FINALLY meet two of my online friends who have re-taught me things I'd lost touch with. ScrapiKathy, thanks for being so brave and helping me to tap into that courage that's always been a part of me. And Suz, thanks so much for your kindness and generosity and for reconnecting me with gratefulness... = ) I got to meet the delightful "miss m" (can't say Miss M or I'd have to share Rod's Fish of April) and Sue, and Kris and Terry, and tick tick tick aka: Tracey... = )
Last and certainly not least, it's always pure joy hanging out with Michelle and Rod and DJ and Jenny... DJ, you are amazing (yes, I have a crush on her too... Get your mind out of the gutter, it's not that kind of crush)! Last night she handed me this awesome Kurth's hoodie which I am wearing right now as I type over my jammies! Yes, that is JD over my shoulder, another long story... and YES, I have much to be grateful for...