Last night, ChristmasEve, on #TheBroadwalk, #HollywoodBeach FL, near Hollywood Beach #Marriott hotel. In b/w giving directions/dining advice to northern visitors who sized me up as a well-informed local whom they could trust after they walked up to where I was sitting - I have that trusting face thing down!- I ruminated on the many inexplicable things that have happened to me the past 3 months that have turned my life upside down, and the important decisions I will be making in the coming weeks as 2017 morphs into 2018.
That's especially true with respect to Social Media, where I plan on doing a MUCH BETTER job of communicating my thoughts and concerns with so many of you than I did in 2017, where for reasons known to some of you, for the past few months, I was often VERY DISTRACTED by more important things than public policy, local government and politics in our area, South Florida and the Sunshine State.
Which is, of course, why you saw a LOT LESS of me at Hollywood and Hallandale Beach City Halls, at Broward County Govt. HQ in downtown Fort Lauderdale, and at civic meetings and public events around the SE Broward area.
It's for very good reasons.
The same reasons why some of you expressed such great surprise -and for certain local elected officials, even genuine shock- at running into me at places in Hollywood, Hallandale Beach and Aventura the past three months, often while I was still wearing a suit and tie from work.
That particular reason being that, quite reasonably, you hadn't expected to run into me because the last time you'd heard from me -that you recalled- you'd thought that I'd soon-be or had already moved to Las Vegas because of... well, you couldn't quite remember, though you did remember that I did say it wasn't a done deal yet, and might not happen.
Well, would it help if I told you that the scenario involved me abruptly leaving behind my life, friends and family in South Florida -at least for a few months- and moving to Las Vegas with a truly brilliant, beautiful and AMAZING woman that I positively love and adore, who, out-of-the-blue, while she was driving, turned to me and asked me if I would move and live with her in Las Vegas, and help her to start up a business there that she'd done a tremendous amount of research on while there for many recent previous trips?
And because I love her, wanted to be emotionally supportive of her efforts and see her succeed and... well, for many other reasons, not quite my own, that I don't want to detail here.
It's odd that I should have so many friends and acquaintances there who are both super-talented and also really well-known publicly, as compared to here in South Florida, but it's reality
@RundquistS I recognize those guys! The #SergelsTorg area of #STHLM is magical in Winter! :-)http://t.co/4hzIK8VDO2 pic.twitter.com/DzSRVU6WU9— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) December 3, 2014
When not possible to have #fashionblogger/@instagram models over for Breakfast -and deep discussions abt trends in #SocialMedia😊- head over to Chocolada Bakery & Cafe, #HollywoodFL for Breakfast and get in some high-quality #peoplewatching AND writing done! On my way there NOW! pic.twitter.com/GZFzpnXUPe— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 1, 2018
My first blog post of 2018: Changes to look for in me and at #HallandaleBeachBlog in the year to come -and some oblique clues about the upsetting past few months and why you haven't been seeing me quite so much lately around #SoFL. https://t.co/c67K6YM2ts pic.twitter.com/oLLpULXe3W— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 11, 2018