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I am back on the mainland and blogging from Seattle with South Austin in the rearview mirror. Don't worry Virgin Island fans, I will most certainly be back in the Caribbean for visits if not full-time. And I'm sure St. Thomas will creep it's way into many future posts. For now, it's all about living in the Pacific Northwest!

October 8, 2013

Y'all come back now?

I haven't been too forthcoming lately about stuff that I notice. But I have noticed a lot. Unfortunately, it has all been blowing by me at break-neck speed. For some months now, I have been hatching a plan and placing bets to make a move to the Pacific Northwest. Specifically Seattle. Nearly a year ago, a friend and I started a little company in Seattle called Yippie-Pie-Yay. We wanted to see if we could sell individual and portable versions of the delicious pies that my business partner was making. Turns out... we could! After  success at both local farmers markets and the Bite of Seattle, we decided to expand into a brick and mortar store. We've all heard versions of this story a hundred times and each with varying degrees of success and yet...

I was immediately aware that I had no idea what it would take to do this but hell, we had made it this far on a shoestring (cutting corners on everything but the quality and care taken in making the product). How hard could it be?

So I resigned from my job with the State of Texas which was the most secure job I have probably or will probably ever have. I packed up all my stuff and waived as it drove off in the moving van. I put my condo on the market. I loaded my little GTI with everything that Izee owns which left only space for a a small suitcase of mine.

With frazzled nerves and a knot in my stomach, I was finally heading towards the beautiful Northwest. I stopped to take a photo of the Elven when after ten stimulating hours of driving, we were finally close to the Texas border.  Muleshoe is used in Texas telecom speak to illustrate the smallest of customers and is frequently used in a phrases like "We're not talking about Joe's Bar or Joe's Garage  in Muleshoe".  No offense to you Muleshoe (or you Joe).

As I drove, I thought about all of my friends and family and the support they had provided me with before leaving. They all believe that Yippie-Pie-Yay is going to be a great success. I still have my doubts several days later when I drive the final few hundred miles towards my new home.

Passing through the mountains nestled in clouds is quite a change of scenery but I don't dread the damp weather that I know I'm in for. Instead, I am awed by the variety, height and colors of the trees. The landscape stretching before me in great contrast to the dry plains of Texas.

"This is going to be good", I think. "Change is good... no risk, no reward, etc." Water is ahead of me, feeding the environment, the people and the land of the Northwest. Yippie-Pie-Yay and I are going to be a success! Yippie and Yay!

To be cont.

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