Monday, March 20, 2006


Movin' On Up . . .

Just like George and Weezie, circumstances have changed for the better in the House of Wieland out here in LA. It's made for a hectic week, and in a second, you'll understand why I've been so far behind on the blog posting.

Basically, it comes down to this. Last Thursday, both the wife and I gave notice at our employers. We're both taking new gigs in the weeks ahead, changing the complexion of the daytime hours out here for each of us.

I'll start with Our Woman in LA. As Steph informed her employer last week, she'll be going full-time with her theatre company beginning this summer. It's the first time in her career that Steph's been a full time theatre director. No going back to sales and marketing or any of that. Couldn't be more proud of her.

As always, you can check out the theatre company at

Then there's me. In April, I start with the YMCA of the USA, running their fund raising and development programs for the Jerusalem International Y in Israel. It's basically the only place in Israel where Christians, Muslims, and Jews can assemble peacefully. They have multi-cultural preschools and youth leadership programs. Really cool, and, you know, part of that whole Middle East peace process.

As a day job, doing fund raising and development for nonprofit organizations is actually pretty fulfilling. Sure, if I had my druthers, I'd be writing all day, but if I've got to be doing the daytime employment, this is a great way to make a living. I'm really looking forward to working with the Y. They're going beyond just building pools and gyms. The mission of Jerusalem International Y involves building a new generation in Israel that can live in peace. Pretty cool.

With the new job, I'll be based in LA, and work out of a home office most of the time. Have to go to Chicago once a month (YMCA HQ is there), and then go to Israel once or twice a year. Really excited about it. Good opportunity, better pay, and best of all, because of my new hours (8 to 4), I'll get more quality writing time during the day.

By the way, the writing's going pretty well these days. Still working with the manager, editing two scripts, getting them ready to go on the market. By the end of the year, I'll have at least a couple more in one stage of rewrite or another.

Look, I know it's not every day that Our Man in LA goes all "Christmas Letter" on you readers and gives you a summary of what we've been doing all year. But occasionally, you have weeks like this one. In most cases, when you tell people that both you and your spouse quit your jobs in one week, it sounds like there's a need for Alka Seltzer in the water.

Not this time. This is another step closer to the reason we came out here.

So good news from your friends out in cold and hazy LA (high in the 50s today). We'll get back to the regular snark of the blog tomorrow. In the meantime, as I'm sure George Jefferson would report, the air smells better, the food tastes better, and all is well in SoCal.

WOW!!! That's awesome news...for both of you! PLUS, this means we get to see you back in Chicago on a regular basis. Bonus. So cool.

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