Tuesday, March 13, 2012

ST. PATTY'S DAY (My Reasons to Celebrate!)

My Reasons to Celebrate!

 Ah, St. Patty's Day. A festive
occasion when people who
barely can claim even a wee
hint of Irish heritage, wear
silly get-ups and listen to
music that they'd NEVER
tolerate otherwise, while
guzzling green beer 'til
they pass out, face down
in a pool of vomit. What a 
"party," indeed. It would
be amusing if it weren't
so gosh-darn sad. I'm not
Irish. I don't pretend to be.
However, I still have many
personal reasons to celebrate
this memorable holiday. 

EIGHT YEARS SOBER: March 17, 2004: I was DJ-ing a St. Patty's day event at a club located in Palm Bay, Florida. Greg & Brian was the house band that night — a piano / drum / vocal duo known more for their drunken onstage shenanigans than for recreating classic frat house party anthems. I'd been wrestling with a personal alcohol demon for many years and as a result, I was an easy target for the marksmanship of the duo's drummer, Brian Arnold who successfully encouraged me to join him in a holiday shot. As I felt the burn of the unknown, green concoction sliding down my throat, I noticed that I was surrounded by a host of drunken characters whose behavior I now found to be offensive. The "light" had suddenly gone on. "This is stupid," I said to myself. I'd somehow been miraculously freed from the bondage of alcohol — and I was never turning back. In fact, I've not had a drink since. It was that simple. I don't believe that getting sober makes me a better person than someone who drinks, but it has certainly enhanced my quality of life, about ten fold!

Wow — I used to actually be this guy.
BLOG ANNIVERSARY: It was in March 2010 that I debuted this blog site. Two years ago this week, I was still living on MySpace and honestly, I hardly had any idea what a blog was or the potential value in having a well-done presentation. All I knew was that my future business partner, Chris Dillon told me that it was something I needed. At first, I used this blog simply as a means of promoting my various upcoming personal appearances — after all, my debut book had just been released and I was on a national book tour. Besides, I knew nobody was coming here, so quality content wasn't terribly important to me. Then, just a few months later, I discovered that my blog was actually receiving thousands of visits! I quickly stepped up my game and began sharing personal stories and offering content based on a variety of topics ranging from faith and fashion to pop culture and politics. Before I knew it, my "little" blog was blowing up. Be sure that I'm certainly not giving The Huffington Post any competition, but two years later, I continue to be amazed and honored to have such a loyal and (still) growing audience. Thanks everybody!

Thanks for a great two years!
THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH: It was also about this time two years ago when I was introduced to East Coast Christian Center. Located in Merritt Island, Florida, the sign outside of ECCC says it all — "A Life-Giving Church that Lasts." Upon discovering ECCC, I quickly learned that being a Christian isn't about religion, it's about relationship — a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In short, I don't know where I'd be, or if I'd be anywhere for that matter had my dear friend Paul Peters not invited me to this church in the spring of 2010. I offer a detailed account of my ECCC experience in the pages of my book, C'MON! - My Story of Rock, Ruin and Revelation.

March Madness, to be sure!

-Christopher Long
(March 2012)

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  1. How I made it home from Ziggys one night is a miracle. It was not that night that the light showed upon me but looking back now, yeah, that was gross.

  2. Hey "Sistah,"

    How I made it home on numerous occasions is nothing short of miraculous. Thank God we no longer have to deal with that demon.

    Thanks for sharing.


  3. When you stop searching for that special "someone", it gives you the "air" of confidence. Good women seem to pick up on this. Congratulations Chris and Michelle.


  4. Wow! Siggy's moments. I used to think that they were amazing and that I had met great friends. They were not so amazing, and since the "bar scene" is not the forefront of my to-do list, my life has become incredibly wonderful. Anyway, it is still cool to wander back at these wonderful times to see how far we have come.

    Congrats for sure on your sobriety. Congrats again on your anniversary with Michelle. There is definitely something to say about a strong woman, but I will leave it unsaid..LOL

    I am really amazed at your complete transformation but not surprised.

  5. Congratulations on all that has turned out for good in your life! What a great story. God Bless!