“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
What else does someone who decides to move 357 miles away from home, but drive 2,227 miles out of the way to get there. After deciding to move to San Diego from Tempe the only thing I wanted to do was see my favorite band (Wilco) at Red Rocks. The plan was to meet a friend that was flying in and hang out in Colorado for a couple of days, and then head back to Tempe to figure out the move. That was the plan…
My Denver traveling partner could not make the trip, and I was left to go on my own. Instead of wallowing in disappointment I looked at things and thought about the situation. The home life was difficult being in the middle of a breakup. I can work anywhere I can find a Wi-Fi connection. There are other places I would like to see and experience. So Fuck It…and now here I am 20 days into this adventure.
20 days of great people, laundrymats, long hours and miles on the road, Airbnbs, a couch in SF for a week, great weather, and lots of conversations with people near and far. Lessons of life, love and work have been experienced and learned. Here are a few….
- Slow down and take things on and experience the experiences
- You can’t compete with family, you can only join
- Don’t trust gas pump clips in small towns
- Not all gummy bears are created equal
- Shut it down early and often
- (Jonathan says) Eat Prime Rib weekly
- Get immersed with what the local do and get ready to be surprised
- Be a tourist whenever possible
- Always leave an open door
- (Jess suggests) Don’t underestimate the power of the iPhone
- Stay in touch with people you care about and let them know you are ok
This trip, while loosely planned is not an attempt to run away from what is happening in Tempe personally. This is not a mid-life crisis, or as someone gently phrased it, my mid-life awakening.
All in all travel has been fun. I’m where I want to be, so the trip is winding down and coming to an end.
The next chapter is being written. Marketing Press will carry on from San Diego, with roots in Red Bank, NJ, San Francisco, and of course Arizona.