I just posted the message (and photos) to my facebook wall.
The 12th anniversary of my move to Boston is upcoming!
It was the day after Valentine's Day in 2003 when I packed up my most important personal items, records and clothing (which filled 14 medium boxes) and loaded up the U-Haul with them, my 1100 Yamaha Virago motorcycle and a cheap, used Saturn automobile and with the help of Kelley Liese, I left a toxic home behind me for fresh start in Boston, MA. I was very depressed and couldn't stop crying -- my life, as I had known it had ended. The challenge ahead: start over, alone.
I shared first South-End apartment for six months with two college students, one straight female and one gay male. Photos are attached.
I started a blog at http://blog.chazhome.com/ on 3rd March 2003: http://blog.chazhome.com/2003/03/03/ to try to cope with the depression and isolation. After being unable to find any social clubs to integrate with, I chose to 'lead by example' and founded the Boston Bears on 31 March 2003. The Alley Bar opened soon after that, then we passed gay marriage and the Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in over 80 years (coincidence? no!) smile emoticon
When my temporary living situation was over and I moved in with Dennis Ford at 135 Willard St, Quincy, MA in July of 2003. I had already come a long way with my healing in those six months; however, I still cried nearly every day. It would be almost a year later when I moved into my condo at 25 Gothland St, Quincy MA 02169, taking Dennis with me as my room-mate. My life was turning around for the better after 18 months.
... the rest is in my blog.