An old friend used to say "you have a guardian angel" as I would escape injury or pain countless times. I thought I was just lucky until in 1994 I met that angel. I was a freaking mess but she saw something in me and took a chance. I am a gambler and take the long shots against all odds, but even I would have second guessed that.
I have had my ups and downs, wins and losses and just outright bad times. In 1990 I left NY and headed to CA in search of a better life in a warmer climate. After a few years of surfing Santa Barbara down to Los Angeles, I landed in Koreatown. After stumbling around Hollywood for a couple of years, I met a girl...it was quite possibly the most improbable match ever. I was a diehard NYer Yankee and she was most recently from Texas. I was self-destructive and semi-narcissistic and she was the sweetest girl next door.
16 years later and somehow I didn't fuck it up. Somehow my guardian angel stuck around and kept everything working.
Colleen is the sweetest person I have ever met. She calls her mom at least once per day. She never says a bad thing about anyone. She always sees the good in everyone. And she puts up with my shit.
I may die tomorrow. That is fine. I couldn't have asked for a better life. And my life wouldn't have been the same without her.