Goodbye Doha

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Me & the Kid

Just to warn you, this will probably be long.

Today’s my son’s 14th birthday (Feb. 5th) and my current situation is that I am at his birthday party which is a lock-in at a gaming venue with seven teenage boys. They are having a ball and it’s actually fun for me to see them all enjoying themselves. I’ve found my spot in the corner with a 50″ TV watching documentaries on #Netflix, listening to the exciting playlist of today’s youth, relaxing in a super comfy recliner, and blogging. I may go get a little Guitar Hero in with the boys in a bit but I’m pretty good right now.

As some may know, I’ve been in the US for two weeks. Thanks so much to @ShawnPDavis & @DHarding7 for helping me surprise the kid. It was sweet because just as I got off the plane Jaden sent me a text and asked if I had time to FaceTime him. I was like, “Sure, give me 45 minutes.” Then I showed up at the door. I like to surprise him but I don’t like surprises. Go figure!

Speaking of adjustments, I had to make my own tea today. My Doha peeps know what I mean. What’s been great though is that I’ve had at least one smoothie a day as I’ve gotten reacquainted with my #Ninja. I love that thing! It’s been nice to drive too. I’ve kinda missed it.

I had a funny observation today. I was at Target and a young man (probably 18 or 19) checked out in front of me. His change included a quarter. He asked the cashier if she had a tip jar. He seemed confused by the quarter…he gave it back to the lady and told her to keep it because he’s not used to change. LMBO! I was thinking, “I must really be getting old!” Since when is change invaluable?

I’ve also been subjected to the horrendous political landscape, which I was not looking forward to. Have you seen that super awkward video of @TedCruz @SenTedCruz hugging his daughter. Super #CREEPY! Anyway, I’ll be here for the rest of the election season *Sigh.

Oh, I have my fro back. It felt good to blow out my hair! I miss this fro. Other than that, I’ve just been getting reacquainted with some of my favorite spots in Vancouver & Portland.

The big news is, my time in Doha has come to an end. I’ll go back to Doha next week for a couple of weeks then I’ll be back to the states in March. It’s been an incredible 18 months for me and my heart aches to leave a place that I have come to love. Yet, it is time.

During my time in Doha, I have rediscovered who I am and I am truly happy. I have learned to love…not generic love but I have learned to love…a man. Yes, I love a man and I’m going to leave that right

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The ring I designed from the jewelry lady. The green amethyst I got from the Maldives.

there…just like that! Ha! And no I’m not engaged or getting married, although I did buy some nice diamonds from the jewelry lady – but it’s not an engagement ring. I just like nice things. But I have learned to love someone in a more healthy way, which will certainly benefit me in the long run. That gives me hope in the relationship department.

So now that I have totally been way more candid that I should be, let’s move on.

I have met some incredible people in Doha from all over the world. Each of the people have left an imprint on my life and in my heart. I want to mention a few below.

Sharmane (USA) & Ranya (USA by way of Abu Dhabi/Egypt), wow! What would I have done without my two officemates? We went back to childhood several times with our personal concerts. We’ve also been therapists to each other in our times of need and I will always cherish the time we have spent together…even though Sharmane didn’t want to move into our office!

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Julia & Me

Julia (Hungary) – My Hungarian beauty! One of the most talented & elegant people I know. Thank you for being a friend. We’ve had a great time in the ‘Doe and I will miss you so much. Jaden and I will be back to Budapest so make room! I’ll always have a room waiting for you in the US.

Solomon (Ethiopia) is one on the first people I met when I arrived in Doha. As my driver and my friend, he became one of the most reliable people I’ve known while in Doha. Thank you for taking care of me when I needed it most. You have always gone above and beyond to make sure I was okay. And you’re welcome for all the business I’ve sent your way! 🙂

Gabriel (Nigeria) – My lobby ambassador…the MAN! @StRegisDoha. Thank you for taking care of me and always greeting me with a smile. I will miss you dearly. Keep sporting that SeaHawks jersey. Remember you are the 12th man in Doha!

Kevin!!!! (USA by way of Guyana) – My coffee, breakfast and dinner buddy. My stand-in 🙂 It’s been so fun. I admire the man you are and you will become. Keep encouraging all those to push further. Let them see what they can become through you and let the rest fall by the wayside. Even though you didn’t like me at first!

Penny (USA) – Whom I affectionately call Pen-Doggie-Dog or Trixie. The best flatmate a

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Penny – 2nd from Right

person can have. When we rarely saw each other in the apartment it was like catching up with an old friend or having a therapy session. It just depended on the day. You’re the best and I will miss you. You are one of the funniest people I know. If things don’t work out in Doha, you should try stand-up. I’ll miss you lady!

Joey (Philippines) – My main man! Keep your head up and that smile on your face. I’ll miss my coffee runs and thank you for looking out for me.

IMG_2219Gregory (USA) – @GGeneret – Your kindness will always be remembered. You have a heart of gold and a voice for the ages. I’m so glad our paths crossed.

Shola (UK by way of Nigeria) – An inspiration to young people. You’ve started your true calling and I can’t wait to see where it takes you. You’ll always have an American friend for young people. Just tell me when and where and I’ll be there.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha

@JALCDoha – I have met so many fascinating people at my home away from home. @AkuaAllrich @MelvinJonesPT @thehc3 @MikeBurton @GGeneret @rjjazz75 @BoraBond @lanajeangordon #DerekScott #ShenelJohns #JoshMonds #LaurentDay #ChrisBeck #QunicyPhillips #MarkWhitfieldJr #JeremyBoettcher #BillyWilliams #JonathanMichel and so many more. You all are so amazingly talented, cool, and special. I will see you in the US…some way, some how.

Richard (USA) – Last but certainly not least. Your work ethic is inspiring. You are certainly a special person and many people see that in you. I’ve never seen someone love what they do the way you do. It’s refreshing and you have so much to offer. Embrace it and keep being you. Thanks for being encouraging to me when I needed it. And…Keep swingin’!

If you’re still reading this…thank you! I know it’s long but I felt it was necessary. Until next time…Living life and it’s good.

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