The Closing Out of a Man


With the soundtrack produced by: Van Morrison & Robin Pecknold, featuring a guest apperance by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.

Ladies and gentlemen, this year’s most highly unanticipated film has at last arrived to theaters. One hundred cups of Barry’s Tea later and the flip-flop wearing Irish-American guiri, named Conor, but somtimes called Carlos, finds himself at a flabbergasted crossroads. Expectations and all plans have been thrown out the window. He now embarks forward chasing the restless question of whether his life journey is dictated by destiny. Mixing black humor and authentic human drama, this film may not get a lot of attention, but it might turn a few heads. Enjoy.

I was looking at my blog stats and I am receiving international views! At least from Spain and France. So…I’m taking the drama of the content of my blog up a notch. I have received positive feed back from others about my entries and I really appreciate it. A few crazy weeks later and I am still dealing with the ramifications of all the events that have transpired in my life up until this point. And crazy not in the college sense of the word, but just real life changes that are going to shape up my next 15ish months possibly at least. Where to begin…?

I am receiving more hours of work at my primary school. This is good news! This will give my weekly schedule and income more stability, and I can probably reduce some of my private class hours. Additionally, I am in the final steps of changing apartments! Well, I should say that I’m moving from an apartment and into a house with 4 other Spanish-speakers. Again, this is good news! A month back I had written a lengthy blog post about my living situation here in Arroyomolinos. Unfortunately, I forgot to save it and it was never published. In a nut shell, I explained the sheer hilarity of an American living here in this town. It’s tiny! It’s just a local pueblo. So being here…it’s just so funny. You see the same people in most spots that you go. I like it here, but it just doesn’t make sense for me when the capital of the city is available to live in. My cost-of-living expenses will only go up slightly, and I think that’s greatly outweighed by all the social, cultural, historical, etc institutions just outside my door. It’s very exciting and this change will certainly allow for some interesting blog posts in the future.

Finally, and probably the biggest change, is the fact that in all probability I will NOT be in the United States for the next year. Yeah, I can’t believe I’m saying that. To be truthful, I always knew there was the possibility that my imagination would carry me away for another year, but I never really expected it to actually occur. It has. I won’t rule out a return, but it’s doubtful that it would occur on a long term basis.

I feel happy. I feel that I am learning a lot. I feel that there is a lot more that I have to do here, or elsewhere. There is a lot I want to see, so many more people I want to get to know, so much more Spanish that I can learn…you see, when you think about it, I’m really only just beginning. To leave this year would be to leave a ‘job’ (I mean to say experience), half-done. There are previous professional goals I brought with me to Spain, and I have not abandoned them. Everything I am doing is with the intention of making me a more well-rounded person so that I can make unique, original, soulful contributions to my future organizations and projects.

Funny that all of this decision-making and all of this change should come to its climax on Easter Sunday. It brings me back to one of my very first thoughts expressed on this blog, the notion of being reborn. Well, I think I’ve experienced it here. Who’s ready to join me? (Book cheap tickets and crash in my house and we’ll walk the deserts of Spain and ponder the universe!! :)).

“Long Slow Goodbye” by Queens of the Stone Age plays in the background as a continually panning out helicam shot captures C. Byrne’s last moments pulling out of Arroyo in an autobus…occasional dramatic close-up shots of his face or even a cold zoom-in on the blue eyes.


The Closing Out of a Man

Written, Produced, Edited, and Directed by Conor Byrne.

Music by the Best

The release of the sequel is only limited by the imagination of its creator.


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