Mar. 13th, 2021 at 6:51 PM
This is Owen. He's a charmer, really. He's originally from Michigan but has moved quite a few times in his almost 37 years -- from Michigan to Washington to DC to California back to Washington and now here. He has had a lot of struggles in his life. When he was a kid, his younger brother died while he was supposed to be babysitting him but was instead goofing around with some friends. He had, before that, felt unwanted and misunderstood by his family so you can only imagine how much an event like that could sway someone with already low self-esteem and self-worth into not making the best decisions.
Owen is an addict. It's a habit that started as early as 14 and got progressively worse over time, as it is prone to do. At his best while under the influence, he could be very friendly, charismatic, and even somewhat intellectual. At his worst, he was selfish and took advantage of people's kindness though he honestly didn't realize that's what he was doing at the time. He is now about four years sober -- no drugs or alcohol. But getting to the point he's at right now took a lot, including pushing people he truly cared for away -- like his best friend chelan and the guy he'd been in love with (but couldn't say it) alexreuble.
While his initial reason for moving here was to attempt to make amends with someone who had meant the world to him, he also understands that timing is everything and he's never really had good that. But he's here now and the only way he can prove he's a changed man who might at least deserve a friendship is to stay (something he's never been very good at). In an attempt to keep himself clean, Owen likes to stay very busy. So he has more than one job. More like four. And he hardly ever sleeps because apparently post-drug induced comas left him with insomnia.
His jobs are -- working as a peer counselor for a local sobriety clinic (which he's found sharing his story with others while they share theirs is a pretty effective way to keep on track), a DJ rotation at one of the local clubs (because he wouldn't be Owen without some sort of involvement with music and basically putting himself in the hot seat on a weekly basis), janitor at a local hotel (his probation in Seattle got him a job working as a janitor at a school and he now finds cleaning to be very cathartic), and driving for Lyft (because if he can save one drunken idiot from making a stupid mistake, that's gotta count for something!).
He is definitely an acquired taste and not particularly the most social but given the chance, you just might like him! So whatever you've got, I'll take it.