Then when I turned twenty-four I moved out to Houston, Texas. I spent eight years there with my wife and the last almost year of it I had my son as well. We moved back to Connecticut to be closer to family because of the baby, and now the places I’ve lived has changed in numbers rather dramatically.
During my time spent in Texas, I live in a total of four different places (It wasn’t until our last apartment that we really felt settled), so that alone tripled my number of previous addresses from two to six. Coming back to CT, I have so far lived in three different places. I was kicked out of my sister-in-law’s house, spent a month in a hotel and have now settled in, of all places in the world, back in Meriden, CT. So add another three places to where I’ve lived and that’s up to nine.
So I spent twenty four years living in only two places and then within the last nine years I’ve had seven different addresses (Though no mail officially ever came to the hotel, but you get the point). And before we got married, I thought it was odd my wife had lived so many different places as an army brat, yet I had only ever lived in two different places. My how time can change things, right?
Tonight Dinosaur Jr. is playing here in Connecticut. They’ve been through a long and strange journey themselves. Former bassist Lou Barlow who went on to form Sebadoh, Folk Implosion and have a successful solo career is back as the original lineup is once again together.
In many ways, I feel like my coming full circle, living so many places and ending up back in Meriden, living so close to a J Mascis doppelganger, is a lot like Dinosaur Jr. going through their variations before coming back to their original lineup. I do not think this is a coincidence at all.