37 days away from home

Well, I just arrived back in Las Vegas, NV after being gone for 37 days. We left exactly one week before Thanksgiving in our newly acquired 43′ Beaver Contessa Westport motorhome and it was a great learning experience. We visited 15 states during our trip, covered almost 6,000 miles, stopped to see 13 different friends, pumped over 800 gallons of diesel fuel, and visited 11 different campgrounds. This trip was really preparation of our long summer journey to Alaska. I figured it was a good idea to get a preliminary trip in before being gone 6 months and I’m really glad I did so. Here are just a few things I learned: 1. I have to figure out a way to bring my computer chair with me. It’s an Herman Miller Aeron Chair and I just can’t work without it. 2. We have to tow a car with us. We did this trip without a car and really realized all the places we can’t fit with a 43′ bus. Simple things like grocery stores become a challenge without a car. 3. Driving more than 250 miles in a day sucks when driving such a big vehicle. 4. We need to stay in each place for at least a week. The point of having the motorhome is to see new places and explore. It’s hard to do that while averaging 200 miles per day. During our summer trip we are going to drive 200-300 miles, park for a week, then repeat. 5. I really hate cold weather. We spent at least 2 weeks of the trip in areas of the...

Wrap up from the past couple weeks

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two full weeks since my last post. I guess that is what happens when you are traveling or busy every single one of those days. I’ve found myself thinking “I need to make a post on my blog” for at least a week now. Let me recap what’s been going on since we pulled out of New Orleans a couple weeks ago. From New Orleans we drove non-stop to Houston, TX where a couple coworkers / friends of ours live. I was only there for a day before I needed to leave for Costa Rica, but my wife stayed with them for the entire week. It worked out perfectly because my friend’s husband had to leave for a couple days on business so they were able to keep each other company. I headed down to Costa Rica from December 13th to December 18th for our quarterly board meeting and our annual Christmas party. It was one of the best trips I’ve had to Costa Rica. First, it was nice having the direct flight from Houston. It made the travel experience so much better. Next, our quarterly meeting was the most positive we’ve had in over 18 months. With the economic issues in the world, and the struggles in the online poker industry, things haven’t really been that fun. However, I think we are finally making a turn for the better on both accounts and I’m very excited for what the future holds. We have a few really amazing sites in PocketFIves, PokerSource, PokerBonuses, and PokerSoftware that we are positioning to be difference...

A couple days in New Orleans

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog you know that we’ve been traveling the country in our new RV the past couple of weeks. Our latest stop is in New Orleans, where we’ve been since Thursday afternoon. That gave us enough time to hang out in the French Quarter for two nights. Our first night we went to a restaurant named Desire. It was a seafood house right on Bourbon Street where I started with a dozen oysters and finished with a bowl of seafood gumbo. I don’t know how they do it, but the gumbo down here is so freaking good. I also ate a few bites of bread pudding for dessert, which was also excellent. From there we walked up and down Bourbon Street just touring the area before stopping into a bar where they were playing some live music. It was a band of 3 guys playing 2 acoustic guitars and 1 electric guitar. They were singing some great classic rock hits that are right up my alley so we decided to stay. Since we were staying, I ordered a beer and quickly realized it was happy hour which means 3 for 1. Since I go months at a time without drinking at all, 3 beers is a lot for me. However, since they were in front of me and I was really enjoying the music, next thing I knew, they were all gone. After we left that bar we ended up at Howl At The Moon. I’ve never heard of them before, but they are a chain with locations all over the country. They...

When are Americans going to get mad – REALLY MAD?

So, I was watching Anderson Cooper 360 tonight on CNN and proceeded to listen to what has to be the 100th story in the past couple weeks that makes we want to smack the living crap out of some of our Congressmen or Senators. I’ve been getting more interested in politics during the past year, mostly because I feel so outraged in how our government spends money. I’m scared, really scared, that our country is going to face some serious financial issues in the not so distant future if we don’t stop spending way more than we take in. I’m not talking about the current funk that we’re in; I’m talking about something way WAY worse. I’m not an economist, but I just don’t see a way we can continue to spend more money than we take in, at a faster and faster rate, without repercussions. Anyway, the story that I heard tonight is the epitome of the problem. This Republican congressman (Hal Rogers) out of a district in Kentucky was just appointed the GOP Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Why is this important? Well, the House Appropriations Committee is “In charge of setting the specific expenditures of money by the government of the United States” (Wikipedia). Basically this committee decides how our tax dollars are spent. Congressman Rogers made a statement today after he was appointed to this position: “It is painfully clear that folks in Washington need to get their hands dirty. It’s time to grab a big shovel with a sharp blade to start digging ourselves out of this nearly $14 trillion mess.” While it...

24 hours in Charlotte, NC

We spent the past 24 hours in Charlotte, NC visiting friends. We were there primarily to visit my best friend from high school, but we also hung out with some of his friends who I also met at his wedding. My friend, who’s name is also Mike, lived about 5 doors down from me from 6th grade – 12th grade. During that time we did almost everything together from playing football, hockey, or video games. We had our arguments from time to time, but for the most part it was good times. We also hung out quite a bit during his college years, but we started to lose touch as we grew up and took on personal responsibilities. Once he moved to Charlotte and all his contact information changed, we totally lost touch for over 10 years. This is one of those instances where I’m really thankful for Facebook; we might have never reunited if it wasn’t for that. When we finally caught back up last year, it was almost spooky because we fell right back into our friendship like we just saw each other yesterday. Since he lives on the other side of the country, we don’t get to hang out that often, but it’s definitely cool when we do. We’re both married and “all grown up” now, but we definitely have a long history that will never be taken away. Since we are out on the road RVing right now, we got to stop by his house in Charlotte, NC for the first time. We were only in Charlotte for 24 hours, but it was enough time...