Mike,
I'm sure Florida is much like So Calif in that the weather is good enough you can be homeless about 12 months of the year with much less problems than in the more severe weather areas. Still you have taken steps, even steps with distasteful things attached to them (i.e. homophobia), to pull yourself up and make something of your life. I for one applaud you. It is always easier to wallow in our own self-pity and bad circumstances than to work our butts off to take control of our lives and change them for the better. Good job brother! I hope good things continue to come your way and you are able to continue to improve your circumstances! May this new year be a happy and VERY prosperous one for you!
Broken

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It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.

Arnold Bennet