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…proposed to K.B. Specifically, in a car parked in front of an L.A. Fitness gym.

L.A. proposal spot!

And that other spot in L.A. where I carved our initials into freshly poured sidewalk cement. Specifically, in front of our first apartment at 8635 Cashio Street.

L.A. carved concrete spot!

They’re both still there,

-Shady

…to get back to L.A. a few weeks ago, where I ran into Kelsey at LAX (on her way to Dublin, via Berlin, where we would meet up again later)…

Kelsey at LAX!

…and then hung out with friends for a Super Bowl Food Night at Suephus’ place.

Suephus' Super Bowl Food Night!

Miss all you guys,

-Shady

Come on, buttered popcorn!

But sadly, the jellybean didn’t make it.

Guess the point is moot.

Kind of glad it didn’t,

-Shady

Five days later, on Sunday, November 9th, we “held” our first L.A. Food Night.

Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. While KB and I did cook the meal that night—chicken manicotti—our friend Denise hosted, and the group was admittedly small. It was us, Denise, Lille, and two people we had just met, but would soon become close friends with: Mel and Kyle.

Here’s a photo of them with KB from that night:

KB, Mel, and Kyle on the first L.A. Food Night: Sunday, November 9th, 2008.

And here’s another photo of the three of them nearly seven years later, shot during our going-away party on September 24th, 2015.

KB, Mel, and Kyle at our going-away party: Thursday, September 24th, 2015.

Our last official Food Night in L.A. was held on Sunday, September 20th, 2015. Unlike the first L.A. Food Night, a bunch of folks came out including our good friend Theune…

The final L.A. Food Night: Sunday, September 20th, 2015.

…Dima, Mana, and Greg…

The final L.A. Food Night: Sunday, September 20th, 2015.

…and a whole slew of other folks we love and miss dearly.

The final L.A. Food Night: Sunday, September 20th, 2015.

They’re all the best,

-Shady

…when we moved.

Specifically, this old Red Carpet Lanes bowling ball…

Bon voyage, bowling ball!

…and this rubber band ball, which I had been adding to since 2000.

It's been real, rubber band ball!

At the center of that ball is a bloody Band-Aid. Gross, I know, but true.

I brought my other balls with me… all three of ’em,

-Shady

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

I meant to post this in October, but… you know. Life.

That lasted seven months,

-Shady

…and was even more fortunate to hang with these folks while there.

L.A. friends!

More L.A. friends!

And even more L.A. friends!

I miss those kids,

-Shady

…back in October! Mostly because of… you know, life.

After flying to Chicago with KB, Grey, Meatshake, and Heisenberg on September 26th, I then flew back to L.A. to wrap up our packing/moving, grab Mr. Fabulous, and then make the long drive back to Chicago.

When I got there, I found Beth waiting to pick me up at LAX!

Surprise chaperone at LAX!

It was an awesome surprise, especially since I had just helped her move up to San Anselmo a few weeks prior.

I was only in L.A. for an insanely hectic four days, so we had to use our time wisely. To be read: We went to Disneyland…

Disneyland surprise!

…with all of these folks, who played hooky from their jobs/lives to hang out.

Yeah, buddy!

We even went over to California Adventure and rode California Screamin’, which we pondered intensely.

California... Screamin'? Hmmm.

It was a great way to leave L.A. That is, until I went back a few weeks later.

Thanks to Beth for making the long trek to surprise me, and thanks to all of the folks who came out to Disneyland. Miss and love all you guys!

I know some pretty amazing folks,

-Shady

…you should know that this car belongs to The Count.

This car belongs to The Count! Whoever that is.

I know this because his name is written on the back,

-Shady

…but probably not for the reason you think.

In the past, I tried to post at least one article every day (or at least 30 a month if I couldn’t write one each day), but this marks just the ninth post this month.

Part of this is due to the fact that I’m now a father who must tend to his newborn daughter’s every need. Another part of my absence is due to me being neck-deep in upcoming projects. But there’s another factor at play here, and it’s one I’ve yet to talk about here on The Blarg.

Tonight, that changes.

The entire Shady clan—myself, KB, Grey, Mr. Fabulous, Meatshake, and Heisenberg—will be moving out of L.A. in just a few short weeks. KB has accepted a job as design director of Chicago Magazine in, duh, Chicago. Her first day on the job is October 1st.

Of course, my work will keep me moving back and forth between L.A. and Chicago (or wherever we end up after that) indefinitely. In fact, we’re not even officially giving up our apartment here, so I’ll still have a bed to sleep in when I visit. Still, things will be different starting in just a few short weeks. Obviously.

Because of this, KB and I have spent much of August getting our shit together: breaking the news to loved ones out here, figuring out movers, looking for a new place to live, and drinking a lot to ease the insanity.

September probably won’t be any less busy/crazy, but I promise to be vigilant about posting more often (including our progress) as our time in L.A. winds down.

So stay tuned, folks… because shit’s about to get fucking nuts.

Waiting on an aneurysm and/or coronary,

-Shady