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Damage Control

I received the following message a few days ago and I took it as a nice compliment:

Date: Aug 14, 2007 8:51 PM
Subject: Thanks
Body: I admire your view of life – I’m seeing Guam through your eyes…

I’ve received quite a lot of email from L13 readers over the months expressing their thoughts on the direction I’ve taken with this website and in some messages, the direction I’ve (seemingly) taken in life, generally speaking.
In those messages, no one calls me out on it, but I know exactly what they are not saying:
1. Gee whiz, Josie, you spend a lot of time partying, and
2. They really miss the scenic pictures of Guam and the exploring I used to do regularly.
Yes, that is what they are saying.
So to them I’d like to very respectfully say… Get over it! This is the new Latitude13! And stop your crying before I REALLY give you something to cry about!
Haha. I kid, I kid.
081807.jpgAm I the same girl? Yes I am, yes I am.
I assure you, all the stuff you have come to enjoy about L13 will be making a comeback. The hiking, the exploring, the adventures, the photographs, the Where Am I?, the 18 Clips, the videos… they are all coming and then some. When? I can’t say for certain. All I can tell you is right now I have got so much going on and I am in a selfish, selfish place. I am living for me right now and I am in a phase of my life that allows me to do so. I guess you could call this my second wind. I have no children and no significant other to tend to so it’s all about me, me, me. I should also mention that I am not actively seeking out those things, either. There are rumors circulating, so let’s just clear the air about that.
So. If you are someone who misses the golden days of L13, they are not gone. I promise, cross my heart. Bear with me, lovely L13 reader, and in the meantime just try to enjoy this place for what it is: a work in progress. Cheers.
P.S. I’m beginning to believe that blondes really do have more fun.

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10 Responses

  1. Gail says:

    While I may miss new gorgeous photos of Guam, it’s not like there aren’t plenty of them over at flickr you’ve archived for posterity. I do not begrudge you a bit of the pleasure and enjoyment that comes from living in the moment. I had my turn, you get yours! Keep on working hard, enjoying wonderful friends and embracing these days of freedom.
    P.S. It’s not being blonde, it’s being confident!

  2. Randy says:

    Does that mean we could expect a blonde Josie soon? or, are you enjoying the streaks of fun like the streaks on your own head. either way, i think you still look great.

  3. Josie says:

    Thank you Gail. You’ve always been a source of encouragement & comfort. 🙂
    Randy, it means that I’m totally going to trust my stylist from now on. I wasn’t keen on the chunky blonde highlights when she suggested it and it took me almost two weeks to get used to them, but now I think I finally love my hair. 🙂

  4. brent says:

    hey, this is your forum. make it anything you want it to be. in the end, it’s an extension of you, so yes, it has to change from time to time. that’s what we do as people. if you kept it the same, all the time, you’d eventually get bored with it and stop posting. and that would be the great shame.
    so go have some fun. and don’t be listening to the whiners and nit-pickers. be who you are, do what you want, and make this what you want it to be. other than that, frack them if they can’t take a joke. 🙂 best to you!

  5. Patti says:

    L13 has been on my “read daily” list since I found it almost two years ago and, for me, it’s all about your witty writing,clever observations & great photos ~ none of that has changed!
    And you can never have TOO much fun so party on! 🙂

  6. fabmimi says:

    how fortunate of me to stumble on your second wind! cuz baby, i’m there toO!

  7. Annalynn says:

    Your posts are always interesting and fun to read – just keep them coming. Thank you for sharing your world with this loyal reader.

  8. Lescentive says:

    what the… woman do what you’ve been doing.. taking care of you.. wish i was partying with you more… sigh… all loyal fans love the site.. i’m sure you will be posting some morning shots of the island soon enough.. lol.. miss ya.. be safe.. much luv..

  9. Michelle says:

    It is all about you because this is your Web site, you’ve worked hard to get to where you are now, and it’s healthy.
    Anyway, there’s always an archive and a Flickr!
    Miss u 🙂

  10. Josita says:

    This is a fab site! Screw the critics… rock on Josie! I partied too after the big D. People will judge you no matter what…

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