49 Days In 1988: Week 37 – Searching

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London – September 9th, 1988

Things are now happening really quickly on the new home front. Simon and Rod are house hunting every evening after work., while I’m checking out the newspaper columns for places to let. They’ve already viewed a few places, and it could be very soon that we’ll have a new place to live.

I thought it a good idea to inform Mr and Mrs Summer of what I was doing. They seemed glad that I had told them and informed me that we’d all be given notice to move out of Grassmere Road next month. However, in the next breath, they told me not to worry about it and that I could stay until the new year if I wanted to. Talk about causing confusion. Do they want us out quickly or not? I guess it all depends on how fast the house sells. However, they still seem to want the rent. 

As for Nigel, well, he’s still acting like a four-year spoiled brat. I gave him perfectly good reasons for not moving in with him, yet he seems to have taken it as if I’m siding with Simon and Rod. How I now wish I’d never set him and Simon up on that date!   

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Welcome to this new feature for 2018 on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I’ll be sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ll also take a trip in Hugh’s Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.

This week my guest is the author, writer and blogger, Chuck Jackson. Chuck is a retired accountant living in South East Florida in the U.S.A. He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BBA in Accounting.

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Author, writer and Blogger, Chuck Jackson

Chuck spent the last 25 years of his career working as the Budget Manager for a Special District in Palm Beach County. He was a member of Government Finance Officer’s Association (GFOA) and Florida’s GFOA.

Since his retirement, Chuck has spent his years studying and enhancing his writing. He currently has three published books available, one of which we’re about to find out more about.

When not busy writing, Chuck loves to play golf and is a member of a local country club.

Chucks most recent book is Guilt – My companion: A Journey Of Healing. Publish in April 2018, the book has received excellent reviews, including the following one –

“I firmly believe in sharing life experiences. Not only is it cathartic for the writer but someone struggling with the same thing will discover they are not alone. Guilt — My Companion: A Journey of Healing is based on Chuck Jackson’s own life. It’s gripping, moving and I highly recommend.” — N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

Chuck Jackson’s Guilt—My Companion is a passionate and true story of personal struggle when faced with society’s ignorance and prejudice. As a young adult, we follow his personal struggles for self-identity and acceptance. The narrative is the chapters of his life that led to an unintended destination. For him, Guilt was his companion who lay in waiting to rob him of personal pleasure.

When tragedy strikes, he turns to his dysfunctional family for support only to find confrontation. Their hostility creates a battle to survive grief and depression. With each episode, he finds the inner strength to conquer his companion Guilt. Through it all, it is a Journey of Healing.

Click here to buy Guilt – My Companion: A Journey Of Healing.

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Chuck’s song choice is Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You) by Air Supply.

Released in 1981, the lyrics of Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You) tell the story of a man trying all he can to get over his last love, but who experiences great difficulty in doing so.

To prevent confusion, the song was originally released as “Here I Am” on the LP but was re-titled ” Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)” for the release of the single. This was so it would not be confused with the group’s No. 1 hit song “The One That You Love” which contains the lyrics: “Here I am, the one that you love.”

The song peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A.

In September 1988, it looked as if it was the problem of accommodation, rather than love, that I  was just getting over. Do you have a favourite song connected to getting over something? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, the day of moving home finally arrives, and although it’s an exciting day, it’s not long before doubt sets in. Did I make the right decision? Click here to find out.

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  1. It’s been interesting to follow your adventures. Right now, the thought of housing arrangements would stress me out so much but I suppose when you’re younger it’s all just part of what you do!

    Oh, Air Supply! I was just listening to an old CD of their greatest hits a few weeks ago. I have to say that their “sound” is very consistent in all of their songs and I guess it worked out well for them, didn’t it? 🙂

    1. I agree, Kat. I seemed to be able to take it all my stride back then. However, knowing myself, I bet I did get worried by it all especially with the ‘not knowing’ element. Thank goodness I was able to settle down once the problem was solved.

  2. The plot keeps thickening in your 1988 life, Hugh. You certainly didn’t have any chance to get bored or overly comfortable, whether it is on the co-habitation front or the friends front!

    Chuck’s book sounds like it is a story most of us can (partly) relate to. And, the strong individuals get through those difficult and emotional times in a determined way. The even stronger ones manage to write about it as well.

    1. When I first moved to London, I heard the quote – “Anybody who gets tired of London, is tired of life.” I’ve never ever been bored in my life, Liesbet (not that I can remember, anyway). I enjoy relaxing, but always keep myself busy. I seem to remember having a lot more friends back in 1988, all of whom kept me on my feet. I enjoyed being involved in their problems, though, although sometimes could get myself into trouble because of it. 😀

  3. OH! Life is full of ” did I make the right decision” there is never anyway of knowing until after the fact! So we blunder on and it all comes out in the wash and we all end up where we are today! 💜
    Great song choice Chuck good to read about you 💜 Air Supply , a great group.

  4. Love Air Supply and I am familiar with this song, but first thought of the other “Here I Am.” I think I know the words to all their songs, LOL! Chuck’s book cover Guilt, My Companion” is amazing! Wishing Chuck the best with this book!

        1. It will finish on December 19th, when the last entry from 1988 will be shared. Then what? I’ve no idea as yet. Once I have the second short story collection ready for publication, I’ve some thinking to do. On my Twitter profile, I’ve decided to keep everybody updated about the progress of the book. It’s the pinned tweet.

    1. Hi Terri,
      Thank you for dropping by and leaving a nice comment. I appreciate the positive feedback on the cover. I took a chance of the design, but I still feel it conveys the messages from the book. HUGS

  5. Great song choice and a new one to me. I hope you got your accommodation problems sorted out. I suppose your landlady & landlord wanted you out if the house was going to sell quickly but wanted you stay on as long as it didn’t so they still had your rent.

    1. Exactly, Mary, they wanted their cake and to eat it. I suppose I can’t blame them. Back then, houses seemed to take far longer to sell (even in London). Today, that house would have sold within minutes of it going on the market.

  6. Landlords are so good at causing confusion, aren’t they Hugh? I was in a similar situation once — being told I’d need to leave, and then asked to stay… Most vexing.
    It’s a nice surprise to see Chuck here. I haven’t thought about Air Supply in ages, but I loved them back in the day. Hugs!

    1. Mr & Mrs Summer were very confusing in what they would tell us in one sentence, and then something totally different in the next, Teagan. They were almost like a ‘Jekel and Hyde.’ In today’s’ market, the house would have sold straight away in London. Back in 1988, it was a little different and things were much slower, but probably only because of it being pre-internet days. It brings back memories of just about everything being in the newspaper columns in those days.
      Hugs to you.

  7. Seems like there’s still a bit of accommodation confusion, Hugh, but I’m looking forward to it being all cleared up next week.
    It sounds like Chuck has had a difficult time of life. I hope he has been able to find some resolution and solace through his writing.
    Unfortunately, the video didn’t play for me, I’ll have to check it out on YouTube.

    1. Sorry, the video wouldn’t play for you, Norah. I hope you were able to find another version on YouTube that would play. It’s not a song I’d heard before. From what the research told me, the song was only ever released as a single in the U.S.A (but I could be wrong). The video did play for me, though.

      Looking forward to having you as my guest onboard the music time machine next week.

      1. I did find the song, thanks, Hugh. It’s not one with which I was familiar though.
        I’m looking forward to visiting you at your place next week, too. Thanks for the invite. 🙂

  8. Sounds like the homefronts were still in confusion Hugh? And great to see Chuck here. Great song! I saw these guys live in concert about 10 years ago and got to meet them backstage too. If only I could find that photograph???? ❤

    1. Hi Debbie,
      Thank you for your supportive comments. Air Supply and Foreigner were my favorite rock groups back then. Barry Manilow was my favorite single artist. HUGS

    1. Looking back, I don’t think my life was ever drama-free back then, Donna. However, it seemed to be exciting. If only there was a way to feel the emotions I was going through back then. Maybe one day, in the future, that will be a possibility? Who knows?

    2. Hi Donna,
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m enjoying Hugh’s antics and yes nothing is drama-free when a Princess is in training to be a Queen. LOL

  9. ah ha, the saga extends. You do get yourself into pickles, Mr Roberts. And love that Chuck called you Princess – so apt, we all benefit from Hugh’s magic wand… oops, wrong allusion, it’s your tiara isn’t it?

    1. HI Erika,
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. There are songs that touch the heart during tough times in our lives. This one was mine at the time. HUGS

    1. Hi Ritu,
      Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment. It’s not a book one reads for enjoyment. It’s a heartbreaking true story and written to give encouragement to others. HUGS

  10. Hi Hugh,

    Thank you for including me with the others who are more known authors and bloggers. It is an honor to be promoted on your very popular series. On a personal note, I have had a great time teasing you about your antics and fumbles. Ah, youth…we were all there and made mistakes and wish we could take those errors in judgment back. Wise people learn from their mistakes. Caring people share their life mistakes so others can learn and avoid these pitfalls. It is easy to see you are both. I wrote my book Guilt – My Companion on this premise.

    Now, Princess, you know you really want to chase Nigel. Set him up with Simon? Really? Let’s get real, you always wanted him for yourself. 🤫


    1. You’re very welcome, Chuck. How could I have not included you?

      No, there was nothing ever between Nigel and I. We were too similar in the types of guys we chased. It often got us into trouble, but we also had a lot of fun in the process. Lots of happy memories for me. Unfortunately, Nigel passed away in 1997. I still remember him and am glad I have some photos of the two of us, too.

      Hugs to you.

  11. Wow! Chuck, you picked a great song. I saw these guys perform and just loved them. Your book sounds great. Hugh, I hope you found a good place to live. It sounds like Nigel is being a bit difficult. Oh dear. The things we had to put up with when we were younger.

    1. We’ll find out next week about my next new home, Darlene. It was a difficult time back then, but not as stressful as my more recent home moves have been. I guess I was able to cope with it a lot better back then. Then again, I would not have had as many possessions to move. 😀

    2. Hi Darlene,
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. As Hugh said, some songs hold a deeper meaning due to what we were going through at the time they were popular. This one seemed to talk to me at the time. HUGS

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