Tuesday, January 3, 2012

In other news

I have accepted a job in San Antonio, TX. I start packing up the house today. My parents are flying up here to escort my daughter to Dallas in a couple of weeks. My son and I will then hit the road together probably on the 17th. The trip will take nearly a week. Meanwhile, I am restructuring the loan on our Seattle home and am going to turn it into a rental. The thought of losing it to foreclosure is sickening, and my best effort to keep the property is very much the right thing to do.

So this will end our life chapter in Washington state. I have lived here since 1998. It's been a great ride. We have had so many great times up here; too many stories. The geography is absolutely breathtaking, but like I told a friend of mine the other day, living in Seattle is like serving hard time. This is a difficult place to live. It's time to return to Texas. I have a feeling some great things are headed our direction, and I am happy with my decision.

ROAD TRIP!!

Question: Is it easier to straight-shot it and deal with Utah and New Mexico terrain, or would it be easier to tack on about 400 miles and head south to Los Angeles then east?

14 comments:

kerrcarto said...

Good luck brother and be careful on the road. Welcome home!

Harper said...

Excited for you. I know it has to be tough for the kids to move mid-school year, but I can't think of a more welcoming state to move to. My 3rd grader's class was expecting a new student today and they were fighting over who gets to sit next to her.

Greg said...

Best of luck, pally.

davidc said...

Have a safe trip !

BG said...

Texas is great . . . until July/August.
Welcome back.

Gary Ray said...

Utah/NM. Why give the Land of Fruits and Nuts any of your hard-earned $$$$?

InsomniacSeeker said...

It all depends on the weather and how much snow they could be getting that time of year, I'd think. That's what I would base my trip on.

CharlieDelta said...

Congrats and safe traveling Paul! I can't wait to be driving my ass to Texas with all my stuff and a big "Fuck You!" to Mexifornia.

If you happen to head south to L.A. before you head east you better call me fucker. I'll drive up and meet you for a liquid lunch or something...

Not a Sunshine Patriot said...

In San Angelo eat at Zentner's Daughter. Good food and plenty of it. This time of the year, avoid the mountains for traveling thru since the snow and ice will slow you down. Cut down thru mid Oregon then thru northern Nevada to AZ or New Mexico to catch I-40.
But I-40 east of Albuquerque can be shut down in spots if a blizzard comes in, so time your travel. At Santa Rosa, NM go south to Clovis, NM to Lubbock on US 84 and at Lubbock hit US 87 to San Angelo. It is all about timing. Within 3 hours drive of SA are LOTS of things to see and do. I live in Lubbock and Texas is great, but Seattle is a pretty city-been there 4 times.

Not a Sunshine Patriot said...

San Antonio not San Angelo. Guess I was glad you were coming to Texas! Stay on 87 from San Angelo and when you hit I-10 you are less than an hour fron San Antonio. Visit the Riverwalk, lots of resturants.

Harper said...

Are you going to be driving a U-Haul? Some of the mountain passes can be challenging in a passenger vehicle. I wouldn't chance it in a U-Haul, especially with any threat of weather. You also want to stick to main routes with plenty of gas stations, I think I got about 7 miles to the gallon the last time I moved in a U-Haul.

kerrcarto said...

Harper, like CD said a few posts back, if Paul is a real man he will be ferrying his worldly possesions on his back.

PeggyU said...

Congratulations on the new job, Paul! Best of luck with your move. Washington will be emptier without you! :(

kerrcarto said...

Don't forget to take that left at Albuquerque.