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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