Welp, another crazy year's been wrapped up with a nice little bow and a new one's come out with a fresh start. I gotta admit, it's nice to be in a clean(ish) home for once that's actually a house! Haven't been in one of those since the pandemic started and I'm very happy with how it looks and feels. Granted, it's a cramped apartment and I have to share it with my main homie Chell, but we've been getting by. Somehow, she's still in college while I can't even decide what the hell to do with my life (figures), but it's been nice to be in a less crowded living situation, as close to the campus as it is (and the fire station across the street...)
In fact, around the begining of the year, Mom and Daimian managed to get that little house not too far from where I'm at! It's a cozy little place, two bed, two bath. It took a little hastle last month, but she was able to offically get the lease on the 6th. Or maybe it was the 8th, I can't remember off the top of my head. Either way, they've moved in quite nicely and the place's been spruced up a bit in a few short weeks. Daimian painted his room a pretty shitty green for whatever reason, but other than that it looks nice. It manages to be just across the street from the golf course, but there are some bushes in the back that kinda block the view. And the steep-ass hill it's built on? Egh, you need a ladder to climb that shit.
Anyway, Mom finally started working again in the strip mall just outside of downtown. Her boss is an ass that can't pay her much despite the impressive amount of effort and fixing that she's done in the month since she's been there. I mean, she's worked there before, before 2020, and done a great job. But now the work environment's gone down the drain and people are leaving and getting fired and returning and going. It's just a mess and I wouldn't be surprised if it got shut down AGAIN like it did last year. Or maybe it was 2021, but who can be sure. It's just a hostile little grocery store that I don't even think she could afford, let alone moi. I hate to see her so down, but it's what keeps the money flowing.
Well, not completely I guess, because after nearly a year of being un-able to stand and heavy negotiations on where he can set up shop, Dan's back in business! Not in the same place, sadly. That was taken by some sort of... I want to say tourist shop? I don't know, but they've got a lotta nerve picking on poor Dan like that... But out of that, he was able to re-locate to a debatably better part of town that actually has some lost space. The place where that old comic shop was near the Mexican resturaunt buried by the bar? Yeah, Dan turned that into a new cafe. Not to mention, it's a bit nicer than the original place. Well, kinda. He's still gotta get the weed smell out made by the original owners, but I think he's got enough air freshiners hanging off of a chandiler in the main area. Though, I did see Chell go in before all of that and say "it smelled like heaven..."
As for me, I managed to land a job working minimum wage at the gas station just outside of campus. It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it, and that person is sadly me. Look, I can understand the business of drug dealing, but when "kids" that are just two years younger than my own brother come up and ask me to get them that "good shit," I don't know what to say. At this point, I've just decided to give them a business card with Chell's phone number on it so they can get their "fix." God, I hate kids.
And then there's Daimian. Not really much to say about him actually. He's been keeping up with his studies I think, practicing hard at those EOC's and those state tests. For a Junior, he's been suprisingly one note. I mean, I guess I was too, but holy hell dude, monotone's my thing. There's a limit to how boring a person can be. He actually managed to make friends this year, which was a pleasant surprise. I mean, the only person I was really friends with was Chell, but I've known her since the second grade. But damn, I can't help but be proud of him. Still kinda boring, though.
Oh yeah, and Daimian also has a girlfriend now I guess.