All of the above!
JUST KIDDING! My, how the rumors fly. Everyone insists that something devastating had to happen to kick me off of TV and back into the doldrums of normal everyday life. Everyone aspires to be on TV right?
Well, it is far less complicated and dreadful as all that. I have no regrets and I loved doing it. It was just time to move on.
We were filming for nearly every week of the year, Monday-Friday, sometimes more. I felt that after eight years, I had sufficiently reached my goals in spreading awareness and acceptance of the paranormal. Those eight years on the road were kicking my butt and I was ready to be back with my family and pursue other aspects of my life.
That’s it. Simple, right?
The rumor mill is quite the efficient machine.
Here are some other reasons:
1. Life in a Box – You spend most of your life in a box; house to car to airport to plane to car to hotel, always in a box. I am an outdoor guy. My idea of a temple is being on top of a mountain. I remember on one occasion I arrived at my hotel by night and went right to bed. When I awoke, I ripped open the curtains to see the view I had. The only non-man-made thing I could see was the sky. Ugh… Give me the woods, please.
2. Sleep? What’s Sleep? – When you are on the road you are at the mercy of airline flight schedules. When you are a paranormal investigator you go to bed at ungodly hours. The combination is devastating. One night you go to bed at 6:00am. Then, you wake up at 2pm looking for breakfast. Then you have to go to bed that night at 9pm to catch a flight at 7am. Ouch. Eight years of that, and you just give up on sleep. Giving up on sleep isn’t good for your health.
3. Fine Dining – Eating out is fun and a treat for most people. When you have to eat out for every meal is destroys your health. No matter how healthy you try to eat, you always feel like crap.
4. Halloween – My kids are growing up really really quickly, (if you are a parent you know exactly what I mean.) While filming the Live Halloween Show was always a challenge and lots of fun, I want to spend Halloween with my kids.
5. Super Dad/Husband – It was really hard to come home from a whacky week of sleep schedules, bad meals, and boxes and snap into a normal-life routine. It was not easy to get all of my face-time in with the kids and my lovely and ever-patient wife within two days. Not to mention missed concerts, sporting events, art shows, date nights. Bleh…
So, at the risk of sounding like a whiner, that is just a quick glance into some of the reasons it was tough and why I made the decision to move on. With each year, the effect of the above situations magnified. I wish the show the best and hope it is successful for many years to come.
As for me, I will be wearing the biggest smile on my face as I dive head-first into art, music and writing.
Thanks for sticking by me through this.
(Oh, by the way, I haven’t been wearing my wedding ring because my wife surprised me with a beautifully custom made ring that I love, but my finger has a reaction to it. We are trying to figure out a solution.)