Moving on, with you in my heart.…

Posted November 30, 2012 at 10:54 am by

Sure gonna miss you guys....

Dear friends & read­ers & Update fans, & fam­i­ly, too.…

You all already know that I sure like new & inter­est­ing things, and it’s come time for me to take on a new chal­lenge. Josie & I have set things up to re-locate to Vic­to­ria at the end of Decem­ber. This sort of thing rais­es sev­er­al questions:

Q. What? You can’t move. You’ve lived here forever!

A. True. Near­ly nine­teen years. As close to for­ev­er as any­one could get.

Q. Where are you gonna live?

A. In a 600 square foot apart­ment a block from an organ­ic gro­cery store, sev­en cof­fee places, a pub, and a huge pub­lic park. Look­ing for­ward to liv­ing even more simply.

Gonna park the car, too.

Q. Are you going to become a Canadian?

A. Cur­rent­ly I have land­ed immi­grant sta­tus, which is kind of like a green card. That’s a good start…I’m glad to be an Amer­i­can, and am glad Cana­da does­n’t mind hav­ing me around, too.

Tim, taking over editorial duties at the Update.... Photo by Shannon Dean

Q. Who is going to look after your business?

A. Like most islanders, I have sev­er­al jobs. Let’s check it out:

I’m sched­uled to teach class­es at Skag­it this win­ter, so I’ll be back for that.

Three years ago, my friend Mary Kate bought the web­page-mak­ing part of my long­time island busi­ness, By Design. Her busi­ness MKate Design is doing great! I still look after the hosting/domain name part of By Design — noth­ing changes there!

I do a lot of con­sult­ing & teaching…that will con­tin­ue both here & in Vic­to­ria. So will my singing & album sales.

Final­ly, I’m glad to report that The San Juan Update will car­ry on. My good friend (and great pho­tog­ra­ph­er & musi­cian) Tim Dus­trude has tak­en over the duties of keep­ing things going — he’s a long­time read­er & con­trib­u­tor who is famil­iar with all the tech & pho­to needs of this online news­pa­per, a good writer, and a true islander (he grew up here!) who loves this place. I could­n’t leave this in bet­ter hands.

Q. Will you be back to vis­it much?

A. Too much of my & Josie’s hearts are here.…you’ll see us around. Vic­to­ria is only sev­en miles away, and I know you’ll be com­ing over to see us & vis­it & talk about every­thing, the way we do.

I’m look­ing for­ward to that.

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I’ve nev­er been sur­round­ed by so much love. I may be mov­ing, but will car­ry this beau­ti­ful island with me in my heart.…thank you for teach­ing me so much & giv­ing me so much, and being such a won­der­ful place to raise the boys.

Let’s stay in touch.

Love ya,

Ian

ian (at) byd2.com

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22 comments...

  1. Boo for you leav­ing, but yay for Tim tak­ing over! We’ll miss you Ian! Vic­to­ria & Lily

    Comment by Victoria on November 21, 2012 at 11:18 am
  2. Oh Ian, WOW you are leav­ing the island…what a loss but great addi­tion to Vic­to­ria, eh! Glad to see Update will con­tin­ue with Tim. I am real­ly so thank­ful you were there when I was there! Wish­ing you and Josie all the best!
    Darcie

    P.S. I’ll be home (final­ly!) next year, but will locate in Belling­ham to be clos­er to my moth­er and family.

    Comment by Darcie on November 21, 2012 at 11:20 am
  3. We’ll miss you for sure, Ian! It just won’t be the same with­out you…still, am hap­py that the update will continue–you built a fan­tas­tic way for the com­mu­ni­ty to keep in touch with each oth­er. Thank you!

    Comment by Jan on November 21, 2012 at 11:26 am
  4. Does your lit­tle apart­ment have a guest room? Just warn­ing you — with so many friends here, you may have visitors! 🙂

    Comment by Stephanie on November 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm
  5. I’m so glad to hear you and Josie are going to get to be togeth­er, even though it’s over there. Con­grats on your land­ed immi­gra­tion. Vic­to­ria and Van­cou­ver Island are won­der­ful (too). We’ll miss you, eh!
    Gor­don Haverstock

    Comment by Gordon Haverstock on November 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm
  6. Ian, you will real­ly be missed. You and Josie are some of my favorite faces around town. I’ve real­ly enjoyed our chats over the past few years. Keep in touch, eh?

    Comment by Shannon Evans on November 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm
  7. .….nooooo.…no.….no.…. I miss you already! Thank you, Ian, for enrich­ing our lives and being an inspi­ra­tional teacher. Thank you.

    Comment by Tamara on November 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm
  8. You and Josie will be great­ly missed! Our best to you both! — Dave and Dot Vandaveer

    Comment by Dot Vandaveer on November 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm
  9. Ian — You have made such a tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tion to this com­mu­ni­ty with your wit­ty com­ments, time­ly pho­tos and news, and upbeat atti­tude. We will miss you every sin­gle day. I wish you the very best in your new life — I know you will flour­ish and suc­ceed wher­ev­er you go!
    Diana

    Comment by Diana on November 22, 2012 at 7:07 am
  10. My best to you and Josie! Have always enjoyed the Update. You will def­i­nite­ly be missed. Do take care and vis­it us often, Joan White

    Comment by Joan on November 22, 2012 at 7:55 am
  11. Ian, we still can’t believe you and Josie are mov­ing! We will miss you both much! You helped make our tran­si­tion to the island so easy with your friend­ship, help and advise. We will miss your smil­ing faces that always came in for a vis­it at just the right time! We wish you all the best in your new adven­ture and hope to see you when you come back to the island. Tim will do a great job, so you can leave know­ing that The Update is in good hands. Gail and Randy

    Comment by Gail & Randy on November 22, 2012 at 10:03 am
  12. I had heard but denied it men­tal­ly; I am real­ly excit­ed for your expan­sion; Cana­da has been my dream too since before I lived here; got way­laid but for a rea­son; to be some­where for the next chap­ter with many excit­ing small city ben­e­fits is great! that is a beau­ti­ful city with just enough nature but also stim­u­la­tion; You will be great­ly missed; I have enjoyed from a dis­tance you thought­ful lis­ten­ing pres­cence you bring to every encounter, and your wis­dom, and philosph­i­cal, intel­li­gent per­spec­tive you share in dis­cus­sions; was look­ing for­ward to more of that; grate­ful the update will con­tin­ue, it is fab­u­lous and much need­ed! bless­ings and enjoy your new life! how excit­ing, Pam fry

    Comment by Pam Fry on November 22, 2012 at 10:46 am
  13. “Dit­to” to all the com­ments above. Your gen­tle spir­it and com­mit­ment to the pos­i­tive have made The Update my first stop for local news. I’m so glad Tim has com­mit­ted to keep it going. Many bless­ings to you and Josie in Canada.

    Comment by Kristine Brown on November 22, 2012 at 11:51 am
  14. We will all miss you Ian! You bring such a dif­fer­ent approach to the islands way of life in your dai­ly post­ings. You have cer­tain­ly been a huge part of its music his­to­ry as well! I cant imag­ine liv­ing with­out my sig­nif­i­cant oth­er so I am not sur­prised by the move… Vic­to­ria is a real­ly fun place as well… darn near became a cit­i­zen of Cana­da back in the Nam days myself. Dont loose track of all the ones whom love you here. Tim will be a FABULOUS choice to car­ry on the update!Wishing you and yours the very best!

    Comment by Tom Henry on November 23, 2012 at 10:28 am
  15. sor­ry to hear u are leav­ing but glad the update will go on. thanks for all the post­ing u have done for me. will miss u

    Comment by nancy on November 23, 2012 at 11:47 am
  16. We are very hap­py for you and Josie. You both have been such pos­i­tive ener­gy on this island.We hope that we will see you here and there. All our best! West and Sue Davis

    Comment by Sue Davis on November 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm
  17. Ian—You have been a bright light for this com­mu­ni­ty for so many years and you will def­i­nite­ly be missed!!!! At the same time I am hap­py for you to be head­ing off to new adven­tures with Josie. Wher­ev­er you both land, the com­mu­ni­ty is for­tu­nate to have you. I’ll look for­ward to see­ing your smil­ing faces on your trips back to the island. Send­ing hugs along your way, Pamela

    Comment by Pamela on November 24, 2012 at 10:23 am
  18. Will miss your spir­it, Ian… good luck on your next adventure.

    Comment by tedstrutz on November 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm
  19. Hap­py trav­els Ian!
    Vic­to­ria is such a beau­ti­ful & world class city! Not far away, but a world apart. Just think — no home­sick­ness. My regards to the Queen, and a toast to you at the Ben­gal Lounge!

    Comment by Peggy Burton on November 26, 2012 at 7:26 am
  20. Wel­come aboard Ian! Let’s get togeth­er when you ven­ture fur­ther north to Van­cou­ver. It seems like just the oth­er day that your house office was hum­ming with PC’s and web­page build­ing. May the star of daz­zling blue guide your way on, while Tim takes over at the helm. Leigh

    Comment by Leigh Freeman on November 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm
  21. Just remember—the fer­ry goes both ways (at least for most of the year!) You have touched many lives with your teach­ing, musi­cal tal­ent and the always inter­est­ing, com­mu­ni­ty cov­er­age of the Update! We wish you and Josie the best of luck as you adjust to life on the oth­er side of the line. Glad you’ve entrust­ed Tim with car­ry­ing on.
    Mitzi and the Bear

    Comment by Mitzi Johnson on November 30, 2012 at 12:08 am
  22. Wow — i can’t believe it..
    Every­one is gonna miss you!

    I will pray for you guys on your new adventure!

    Comment by Claudia on December 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

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