Scandinavian cruise 2015

We have been so busy with everything in our business that this trip has kind of snuck up on me. It’s hard to believe that we are leaving for Europe in just under two weeks. This is a trip that we have been planning on since January. It all started over dinner with some friends, when we said “We really should go on another vacation together some time.” These are really good friends of ours who we’ve traveled with in the past to places like Costa Rica, Death Valley, Las Vegas, and more. They are really easy going, have similar interests, and are just really fun to hang out with. In our initial planning stages, we talked about all kinds of things such as China, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, and Scandinavia. The trip ended up coming down to China in Scandinavia. We ended up ruling China out, because my wife and I are going there for a business trip in October. So, Scandinavia took the lead. The problem is there are so many countries in Scandinavia that we wanted to visit and I’m not big fan of packing and unpacking. So, we started looking at cruises. In the end we found the cruise that worked out perfectly for us. We get to visit places like Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, and Germany. The cruise itself is 11 days and is round-trip from Copenhagen. So, we are going to arrive in Copenhagen a couple of days early in order to acclimate to the time change. It will also give us the opportunity to see more of Copenhagen. On the way...

Bye Bye Dallas

If you would have asked me on May 1, 2011 if there was a even a sliver of a chance that I would take on a new business partner, move to Dallas, sell our home in California, have a whole bunch of stuff happen that I’m not going to get into here, and realize it was by far and away the biggest mistake of my life less than a year later – I would have told you that you were certifiably insane. Well, that’s exactly what happend and less than one year after moving to Dallas, we’re leaving Dallas. Discussing the particulars of anything that transpired in a public forum like my blog would be highly unprofessional and not make me feel any better in the end. Regardless, with the exception of learning from my mistakes, this is something I’d rather erase from my memory and move on with the rest of my life. There was one thing, and one thing only, that lead my wife and I to Dallas in the first place – that was to become business partners with someone. Since that no longer exists – there really isn’t a reason to be there. I only know one other person in the entire Dallas / Forth Worth Metroplex and we have zero family there. So, as soon as we got back from our trip in Costa Rica on April 14th we began preparations to leave Dallas. The thought of packing everything back up that we just took out of boxes 9 months ago was daunting, but it had to be done. Our last day in Dallas...

Costa Rica Trip Report

Considering we went to Costa Rica from April 7th – April 14th, this post is more than slightly delayed. Since we got back I just haven’t been able to find the time to write this post. Since were getting ready to take another trip, and I want to talk about that, I figured now would be a good time to write this post. As most of you know, I lived in Costa Rica for almost 3 years from 2006 – 2009. While I lived there I purchased a condo in Manuel Antonio with some friends and business partners. Since leaving in 2009 I’ve gone back once or twice a year to use this wonderful condo. This trip in particular was one of my favorites because some good friends of mine from California were able to join my wife and I for the week. The week started off with a little relaxing, but by midweek we found ourselves doing activity after activity – and it was a lot of fun! We started off with some hiking on Tuesday through Manuel Antonio Beach Park. This park offers some amazing views and lots of wildlife. Wednesday was reserved for an ATV trip through the mountains to a great zip line facility. Since I did the zip lines last year I was able to enjoy them a lot more, instead of fearing for my life a whole time. On the ATV ride back I found out how well ATVs perform in 4 feet of water – it wasn’t my most brilliant moment. On Thursday we took an amazing white water rafting trip through...

Time To Do Some Traveling

Trip to the Mid-Atlantic It seems like my wife and I don’t sit still very long and that trend is about to heat up again starting today with a trip to the Mid-Atlantic. We will be on the road for 9 days in a combination of Washington, DC, Atlantic City, and Philly. We’ll be spending the first part of the trip looking for a summer home right outside Washington, DC in a great little area know as Old Town Alexandria. I used to spend a lot of time there as a kid and I’m looking forward to hanging out in the area again this summer. Our goal is to find a rental we can use for 3-6 months and then get out of town before the weather turns cold again. Of course we’ll take the RV during the summer trip and stop in several locations including Shreveport, Atlanta, and Charlotte. Anyway, after our 4 days in Alexandria we’ll be heading up to Atlantic City for a few days to visit family. It’s my grandma’s 85th birthday and I’m really looking forward to seeing her. We’ll wrap the trip up with a couple days in Philly to visit Nat Arem. Trip To Costa Rica Not long after we get back from our Mid-Atlantic trip we’ll be heading down to Costa Rica for a week to spend some time with friends in our beach condo in Manuel Antonio. It’s a relatively easy trip and I’m really looking forward to a little R&R. The view from our condo is simply amazing and the activities in the area are awesome too. We’ll do...

Update from 30,000 feet

This is the first flight I’ve ever been on that has wifi access, which is pretty cool. In years past I’ve been traveling exclusively on Continental and they are still in the dark ages when it comes to having Internet on the plane. It’s been over a year since I’ve flown with them, but as far as I know they still don’t have it. It seems like most of the other major carriers have installed wifi, which makes traveling so much more enjoyable. For people like me who have a hard time staying “unplugged” it helps even more. Anyway, today I’m heading back to Dallas from Philly and this American Airlines flight has wifi. If it feels like it’s been ages since I posted to my blog, that’s because it has! My last post was in early December and since then a lot has been going on in my life. I’ve obviously been really busy with work, which never seems to change, but there has been a string of people visiting us and then some traveling too. The reality is setting in now that this is going to be a really long post to catch up on everything…. Google News Update Since the last post I made was about getting accepted into Google News I think it’s fitting to lead off with that… Since getting accepted into Google News in early December we’ve been posting about 3-5 news articles per day Monday – Friday and then a couple over the weekend too. The traffic results are simply stunning. I predicted a traffic increase of 2x-3x once we got accepted,...

Things I’ve Missed While On The Road

If you read my blog at all, you know I’ve been RVing up the Pacific Coast Highway for the past 6+ weeks. We just experienced a mechanical problem that forced us to have our RV towed and worked on by a shop in a more major town. While it was in the shop, we were forced to check into a motel. Within 24 hours of being checked in the motel I started realizing some things I’ve really missed while I’ve been on the road. Some are obvious and I knew about them, but others didn’t register until we were there for awhile. Fast and Reliable Internet I knew this was going to be a problem before we even left. In fact, it was the one major worry I had – since it was kind of an unknown how coverage would be along our route. Needless to say, Internet access has become a real problem on this trip. Over the past 6 weeks there hasn’t been a period where I’ve had decent Internet speeds and a reliable connection. I’ve been using a combination of RV park Internet and my Verizon Aircard / Virgin Mobile Aircard – all of which have proved to suck. Being in the hotel was a welcome break since the Internet worked great the entire time. It wouldn’t be a big deal if I didn’t make my living with the Internet. For me, not having Internet access is equal to a retail store locking their front door. Very frustrating. Food While we’ve had amazing meals on this trip, I’m struggling with my diet while on the road....