Clouds Getting Sucked In to the Event Horizon by Jon Armstrong for

Clouds getting sucked into the event horizon

I’m in Houston for the Dad 2.0 Summit. Bigger, better and louder than last year. I uploaded this image prior to leaving, hoping I’d have a moment or two to share it and talk about how different I feel at this conference this year. That is going to have to wait, as I’d like to get through the conference.

One thing I’ll share. Last year, I wrote about the pangs of being alone when traveling without having anybody to check-in with upon landing. My friends have reached out and told me to let them know. They won’t give me shit or make fun of me. So this trip would be better in that regard. Great. Sidbar/pull quote: I always request an upgrade when I buy airline tickets. It’s mostly futile, but this time, I got the upgrade for the SLC -> IAH leg. I start with a Bloody Mary, which I only have when I travel. Once airborne, I decide that I need to stick to orange juice… and… I’ll just get to it. The flight attendant was flirty, in a non-overt way. No coying, teasing or immature.

I’m sharing this because this is new for me. Friends have told me to own it. I want to own it. But this is new. I didn’t do anything other than try not to be weird or creepy. I think I succeeded. I think. Anyway. Point is, this is new. Unexpected and to a certain degree, unprecedented. Maybe my energy is changing? New.

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Affirmation: Open up.

  • Kristan

    I agree with your friends: Own it. Embrace it, even. Heck, I’ve been in a long-term committed relationship for almost 8 years, and I still think flirting is fun (when done by non-creepers). I’m glad for you. :)

  • helen

    Wow, that image is amazing! And – own it, enjoy it!

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  • americanrecluse

    I love this photo so much I almost commented without reading the post. I hope you’re having a blast in Houston, and enjoy the flirting! Non-creepy harmless flirting is one of my favorite things.

  • Mindy Williams

    I love this photo.

    And I’m glad you have friends to call when you travel. I have a single friend that checks in with me when she does. And I’m glad. Because I DO love her, I DO care about her.

    Own it. Embrace it. Enjoy it. Be open to new possibilities!

    • Michael Mathews

      I check in with both my partner and at least one good friend when I travel. And often my parents. It’s an excuse to connect with them and it’s nice to know that people care that I’m ok and enjoying myself.

  • Suzanne Curtis

    I am in love with this photo!

  • jenniferdaddio

    Amazing photo!

  • blurb

    Thanks, everybody.

  • Manda Hohmann

    My gosh, this is an amazing photo. I clicked to see the full thing, but the accompanying story was also worth it. :) Glad you’re feeling hopeful. Must be a wonderful feeling. :)

  • Manda Hohmann

    I clicked the link because I wanted to see the rest of the picture, but the accompanying story was worth it, too. Glad you’re starting to feel some much deserved confidence!

  • LindseyO

    That photo is stunning, Jon! Glad to hear the flirting feels fun and energizing. I also agree with your friends: own it!!

  • Sheila McCann

    I just had to pop in and say that image is stunning,

  • Danielle Boudreaux

    This post makes me happy.

    As silly as it sounds, I went through a major break-up at the same time last year and struggled throughout most of the year. I completely, 100%, identified with you about the loss of having someone to text about landing safely. And then something inside me changed. I, too, opened up somehow without realizing it. And, I dare say I might have found that I can be happy without feeling guilty.

    Also, some days when I click over to your blog from my reader, I only do it to read your daily affirmation, which, more often than not, I take on for me.

  • Meegs

    Own it… ENJOY it!

    And I love this photo! Gorgeous, fairytale quality.

  • Tracie

    Just set this photo as my background in work. So lovely.

  • Beth Rich George

    I so understand this post. Flirting is strange stuff, and I have not mastered even recognizing it, much less owning it.