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Monday, February 1, 2010

Tangobaby is dead.

Long live julie lives here.


Maybe I'm being a wee bit dramatic but I hope I did grab your attention. ;-)

It finally occurred to me that I needed a different place to put my stuff that's not CALIBER or i live here:SF or HAMO.

Three years ago, almost by accident, I started this blog. My goodness, what a lot has happened since then. At first I wrote about movies I'd seen and then a lot about dancing tango.

Blogger was very good to me, and being a Blog of Note in 2008 gave me a taste of what the wider world of blogging was all about. It inspired me to write more, share more and try to hone my skills with storytelling, idea generation and even be cognizant of good old-fashioned grammar.

I got a camera in 2008 and that exploded my world wide open again. Now I could provide my own images to accompany my own stories. The avenues for creativity seemed to grow exponentially.

And then the whole aspect of using the blog as an element of change and raising awareness happened in April of 2009. Learning very personal lessons about poverty, homelessness, friendship and hardship.

Along the way, I lost some friends. I think I made more than I lost. Some people wanted the old tangobaby back. I couldn't summon her. She bored me.

I have so many things to tell you. About the people I meet and the things I do and hopefully it's not the same ol' same ol' but stories and ideas you'll want more of. I just can't put them here anymore.

It's funny how much something like a blog template or platform can be a hindrance or boost to your  mind's inner workings. I realize now that I've outgrown Blogger and so have moved on to this new Wordpress site.

It's funny, I had been so attached to my tangobaby name. I thought I wouldn't be able to be what you thought I was without that name. I agree, it's been fun. We've had a good run. I've gotten a lot of pleasure out of being tangobaby and there's a place in my heart where shiny stilletto heels and the mournful bandoneon music still lives.

But I can be so much more by just being Julie.

So, I hope you'll follow along. This tangobaby place has been good to me but I'm not taking it along.

See you soon.


Louis Duke Photography February 1, 2010 at 11:12 AM  

ohhhh. :( I will miss miss miss reading this blog. It is okay though. I will follow your internet existence wherever you choose. :)

~DokterKenny February 1, 2010 at 11:16 AM  

"To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them?"

alas poor Tangobaby I knew thee well...

I am so glad I got to know you through this blog..on to bigger and better things hon...RIP :-) well sorta

Jane February 1, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet! I will follow you to on your new journey. Yours was the first blog I ever read and the reason I started my own. It truly feels like the end of something significant but I hope that your new space gives you all that you seek.

d smith kaich jones February 1, 2010 at 3:33 PM  

You gotta grow. Sad to see the name tangobaby go cause I just liked saying it so much, but loving that you continue to keep on keepin' on and moving when the time is right. I'll be there with you. You can let me know what you think about Wordpress. :)


RNSANE February 1, 2010 at 5:13 PM  

It matters not, Julie...I'll be there, in your new skin, old skin, no skin! Stay in touch...oh, by the way, I'll be off to Georgia Feb 17 to Mar 10 to see my mother who just celebrated her 86th birthday - she's legally blind and still living alone.
Think we might do lunch at Manivanh with your Oakland friend before then?

I'm Katie. February 1, 2010 at 6:51 PM  

See you on the other side, Jules. :D

Yoli February 1, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

Don't ever write something like that again!! You gave me a heart attack! I will put my bunny slippers on and see you on the other side.

AphotoAday February 1, 2010 at 9:47 PM  

Well Julie, the Tango side of you has always been a mystery to me -- I think I first caught a whiff of it you when Ramsey (FogBay) did a story on Tango Dancing in the Park... (((That's how I got hip to this mysterious Tango Baby)))

But I've never typed "tango dancing" into your search block -- maybe I should go do that now -- because if you've mentioned Tango Dancing recently I sure missed it...

(((But oh lord, Julie, I am not a dancer -- not by any stretch of the imagination))) (((Oh, they made us do it in gym class on rainy days, and believe me, it was a terrible exprience))) (((Imagine me, having to hold on to a "girl", fearing the spread of those ubiquitous Cooties)))

But congratulations on going over to Wordpress -- it seems to be a popular thing to do... Blogger is a mess, isn't it...

So, I'm all ready to chomp down on Julieliveshere.com... Lets see what Julie can do... This ought to be good... The curtain rises...

Anonymous February 2, 2010 at 4:23 AM  

All power to Julie - you go, girl! Look forward to the new you.

Dutchbaby February 2, 2010 at 2:47 PM  

Congratulations on your moulting! Thank you so very much for all the inspiration, mentoring, and entertainment you provided me. 850 posts is very, very impressive!

I'm going to pop over to your shiny new skin at Wordpress. Please let me know if I should join the mass migration.

You should definitely never delete this wonderful blog. Really the title of this post ought to be "Tangobaby lives forever".

Good luck in the next phase of your metamorphosis.

Laura Doyle February 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM  

Ah, it is certainly nice to see you sprouting those beautiful wings and flying off to another tree. : ) I'll follow.

Susie of Arabia February 7, 2010 at 8:32 PM  

Good luck in your new digs! I can see why you're attache dto the TangoBaby name - it's so you! Anyway, I'll follow you there to your new spot!!!