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If all goes well, professional movers will pack up everything I own on Wednesday, September 24, and put it in one of those "PODS" and store it in California. Then, I will drive from Denver to San Francisco in time for the Folsom Street fair on Sunday, September 28. I would start my new job the next day. The element of difficult for this dive is extreme. 

Things I will miss about Denver
My mom
My ex
My four-year-old niece
My brother
Master Ted
Gerry Yutkin 
Leathermen Colorado
[info]coloskind and[info]lvlndlthr
The Denver Sanctuary and MANCode
The Front Range Bears
The Denver Wrangler and the Denver Eagle Sunday beer busts
The Denver Boys of Leather
Colorado Springs
Fort Collins
Casa Bonita
Working as a ranch hand
The Clampers, Al Packer Chapter 100 of E Clampus Vitus
My students, friends, and faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder
All the great guys at Buckley Air Force base
My hockey team, the Colorado Climax (and the Evolution)
My rugby team, the Denver Harlequins RFC
The cowboys with the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association (and everyone at Charlie's)
Tacos at Mezcal
Coconut shrimp at Racine's
17th street, including Hamburger Mary's and Marczyk's Fine Foods
Walking down Broadway: the Crypt, movies at the Mayan, Heaven Sent Me, and antique stores
Colfax Avenue... still the longest main street in America
Concerts at the Bluebird, Odgen, Fillmore, and Red Rocks (and small dives, too)
Playing irish music at the Shebeen
Shopping at Cherry Creek or the 16th Street mall
Art at DAM, MCA, and the Kirkland
CD stores like Wax Trax, Jerry's Record Exchange, Twist & Shout, and Black & Read
The gay bear's book club
The Denver Cycle Sluts
Tattered Cover bookstore
Toys at the Wizard's Chest and Valhalla's
Local artists at the Plastic Chapel, the Fabric Lab, Santa Fe Avenue first fridays, and Pirate and Bug on Navajo Street
Jogging around Cheesman Park
Looking over the Denver Botanical Gardens (and the outdoor concerts)

I never went caving
Or whitewater rafting
I never made friends with a lot of great bears (hi[info]bizarrocub ,[info]musikub ,[info]septimuswarren ,[info]mark_monroe ,[info]velcrorodeo ,[info]kumazuki , and[info]e_falki)
All the guys on recon who didn't give me the time of day
Never found a Master to love
I drifted away from the bear community
I never took that mining job
Never got a PhD in applied math from the Colorado School of Mines
I was never good at any of my jobs for the last 15 years
And I didn't like doing them
Breaking up with my partner of 14 years

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Be very careful with interstate moves! There is a widespread and unfortunately entirely legal scam going on whereby they hold your goods hostage for thousands of dollars:


Otherwise, good luck on it, and see you in California!

California awaits ya with open arms, Patrick! Have a safe drive.

A job in SF? Wow, that is good news.

It'll be more likely that we will see each other, too - which is also good news.

Wishing you a uneventful move, and good events after that.

I hope you have a safe move. We are moving too at the end of the month, but ours is only 30 miles. I hope this is my last.

I might be a slow learner in this here life...but one thing that I have to hold onto is knowing that regret is a totally wasted emotion. Maybe take that energy and put it into new adventures in CA.
Good luck with it.

Oh, now I regret typing that list {grin}

Everything you own will fit into a POD?? You're fortunate indeed. We'll miss you. Plus, I half-envy you attending Folsom Street.

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If I can't find someone to abuse me, I might as well do it myself!

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Well, i *have* been partial to self-abuse since i was a teenager {grin}

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Was a joke! Self-abuse? Another term for masturbation? Teenager? Do I have to draw you a diagram to explain the joke? Because I will, and the chart will be NWS.

Well I've enjoyed the times I got to see you, but we have kept radically different schedules that prevented us from really hanging out... especially with both of us now moving to new places.

"California... my friends all call you home; if you take away another I'll be that much more alone..."

[Stan Rogers, Northwest Passage]

Welcome to California, again. Coming up on 4 years for me soon since I moved from New England...

I regret I won't be able to meet your more officially when I come home to visit mom.

Caving you can get elsewhere.

I miss the mountains and the Tattered Cover and the Mayan terribly. Casa Bonita, not so much.

Enjoy the move.

What are your expectations and wishes for your new hometown?

I wish to find a Master to love me and abuse me for the rest of my life.

So, no... I'm not expecting much.

I hope you do too. And for a guy like you, I promise you it's not too much to ask for.

Welcome to Hotel California ... You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.

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