2012 was a hell of a year. It was one of the worst years of the 30-some I’ve experienced so far on this earth. It was also one of the best years too (but more worst than best). There was some really awesome stuff that happened, and some truly horrible things that happened, but overall I don’t ever want to live a year like that again.
The year started off probably the worst that any year to date has for me. A two year relationship ended in a fiery crash, an engagement ring was sold (for a nice profit), and a raging bitch was found to be banging her boss. This shit should have been on a soap opera. I’m not going to go into detail about all this, you can see the drama unfold here:
After coming to terms with all that shit and realizing I was so much better off without that cunt, things started to get better. I have an awesome, supportive family who had my back (although I find out later they all hated that bitch – wish they would have told me – although I doubt I would have listened…). I spent the first half of the year slightly depressed and didn’t leave the house much, except to play some shows with the band.
But things had to get worse before they could get better. In May we suffered the loss of one of the most badass people I have ever had the good fortune to meet, my grandpa Charles Forrester. This was a really rough time, but I’m just thankful that my brother and I were able to go out to Kansas to be with him for a week before he passed, and also were able to go out to attend the funeral and be with family. I still miss him, but I’m glad he is no longer in pain and I think about him every day.
Just recently I got some fresh ink in memory of the old bastard. I always remember the windmill on his farm in Kansas, so I got a tat of the windmill in honor of gramps.
It helped to write about it during that time, I’m glad I have some of those thoughts and memories preserved here for the future:
I was at a pretty seriously low point after the breakup and then this experience. It was probably the shittiest part of the year at that point. But things started to right themselves as they always seem to. A truly awesome person came back into my life…completely unexpected, but amazing nonetheless…
Dani and I had dated years ago, and while we always had a fun and awesome time together, we didn’t really see eye to eye on a lot of things. Both of us had a lot of growing up to do, and unfortunately we split up because of it. Fast forward 4 years, and we reconnected. This came at the most needed time – I was seriously lost and depressed with the demise of my grandpa and a two year horrible relationship, and she shows up out of nowhere and wanted to spend time with me. I don’t know why or how, but she is the most caring, funny, awesome girl and she wanted me back (maybe because she’s a nurse and likes healing people?).
Anyway, we started hanging out and doing some stuff together, and one thing led to another. We restarted the fun relationship we had a long time ago, but now that we are both (more) mature, it works a lot better these days. I also inherited two awesome mutts who I love (equally!). Cash and June are now a fun part of my days, and my coworkers as I work from home.
So now I have two awesome mutts (I still miss gunner too!) and an awesome girlfriend who is into the same shit I am. We go dirt biking on the weekends instead of fucking farmers markets and we eat pizza and grill hamburgers instead of choking down vegan shit.
In July we took a trip to Hawaii and had a fuckin blast! It was the most fun vacation I have ever had. We rented a Harley and cruised the island, went snorkeling, ate like kings, and stayed at an unbelievable resort on the beach.
Check out a ton of pics Here.
After the trip, I moved in to Dani’s house in La Mesa. She recently bought and remodeled an awesome house in La Mesa, and it made sense to move in. I had reservations since my last experience living with an absolute bitch didn’t go so well, but this turned out to be a great decision. I’ve never had so much fun and I love living with my best friend. We decorated the shit out of the house for Halloween and Christmas, and it’s really a home for us. It’s pretty cool.
Had an awesome Thanksgiving too. Evan and I brought everyone’s favorite dirtbag, The Filthy Nomad, Alex Polito up to the Grist Compound for a great Thanksgiving meal. LOLs were had by all, and much shit talking was done. It was a great holiday with a great friend and my family.
This is a good time to mention one of the awesome things about 2012, meeting someone who instantly became a best friend to Evan and I. Alex Polito – this one’s for you. He stumbled across us while broken down on a nationwide dirt bike adventure, and ended up crashing with us for months. One of the coolest guys I’ve ever met. Check out the blog project him and I are working on to bring his story to the world:
The Filthy Nomad (.com)
I also finally finished up my car early this year, thanks to a badass Christmas present of a Retrosound stereo from my awesome girlfriend and a custom interior and headliner from Jason Ross. Finally, one project complete, now on to the ’66 Mustang that is sitting in the garage! Also had a one of my original Firestone bias-ply retreads finally blow on the freeway, so this year saw the addition of a set of Coker 2 3/4″ wide whites on the chief.
I also did the Reddit secret santa this year, and got a sweet Kawasaki shirt. I found out my match was really into Zelda stuff, so I got him these awesome swords and link’s shield off Amazon. Got this cool pic from him, proudly displayed on his wall.
And finally, we ended the year with our annual trip to Whitney’s cabin for New Years. It was awesome as usual, we brought the mutts up and they had a blast in the snow. Did some off roading and trashed my truck but at least I know that 4 wheel drive works! It was an interesting year, and now that I’m starting 2013 with a new job, I’m off to bigger and better things…
I hope your year was consistently awesome, and that your 2013 is going to be even better!