Teague - Avoiding social media is good. After Effects and I have a complicated relationship. It's like, I love you baby, but why can't you just keep your clothes picked up and stop leaving plates of half eaten food in the living room? It's like that, but with After Effects.
Boter - Good on your taking a risk! I too, would like to venture into full freelance. I have a good job right now, but doesn't challenge me. Hardest thing is hooking clients. But I do have a few that come to me pretty regularly, just not enough to be able to quit the ol' day job.
Drewjmore - I was hoping when you said "under a train" you meant you were hanging onto the bottom of one like a crazy hobo trying to catch a free ride to the next town. But your thing is cooler! And less sketchy. If it's any consolation, I too hail from cold, damp places and I moved to the southwest by myself in 2005. Hated it at first, now I don't see myself living anywhere else. But it took almost 10 years to get there. Ha.
Tomahawk - Dude, being in a band is awesome. I used to be one. It was awesome. Did I mention it was awesome? Glad life is going well, keep at it! And I hope that dealio with the lady friend is working out.