the first timethat I moved to Austin, Texas,
was in, uh, the year 2000.
And I moved thereand hit the ground running,
and I went out drinkingand smoking every single night
for a year straight.
And it was really funfor awhile,
but after a few months,
I started to feela little bit weird,
because beforeI moved to Austin,
I had kind of imagined myselfbecoming a new person
once I lived there.
It just had never occurred to me
that that personmight be Nick Nolte.
Bless his heart.
I quit drinkingin December of 2003 and, um,
I like being so...(crowd cheering)
Well, let's notget carried away.
It's fine. Like, I'm glad.
I actually-- I like being sober.
I'm used to it now,
but in the beginning,I did not like it.
It was really hard,
and, uh, for awhile,I just hated it.
And then after a few months,I realized that
since I was no longer spendingevery night getting drunk
and then every dayrecovering from the hangovers,
I had time and energy for stuffI'd never done before,
like cryingand cussing at strangers.