Last post on the Houston blog

Finally got around to creating a new blog a couple of weeks ago. I switched from Movable Type to WordPress for it—WordPress has improved immensely in the two years since I picked Movable Type as my blogging platform.

I love Portland. I’m glad I’m here. Houston has a lot of great qualities: I’ll miss early morning walks through River Oaks, Spec’s, sunny Februarys, Division I-A college football, major league baseball, working at UHD, and a whole lot else. But Houston was never home, and it never would be. After 17 years away, I missed home—the West Coast. So I’m back.

The trip from Houston to Portland was more fun than stressful. With a lot of help from Thomas Gray and Danny Stevens, I was able to pack all of my stuff into a 10-foot Penske moving truck. First stop was Fort Worth, where I sat in on the June 12 Good Show, taught the bartender at The Moon how to make a Rob Roy, and survived both the Ol’South Pancake House and Chris Bellomy’s amorous 26-lb. cat. Second day got me to a Red Roof Inn in Amarillo, with one last stop at a Texas Dairy Queen (the one in Chillicothe) along the way. Third day to a Motel 6 in Cheyenne (despite getting lost in Boise City, Oklahoma). Fourth day to a Red Roof Inn in Ogden, Utah. Fifth day to visit Diane Mathews and her husband and daughter in Boise, where I got to see BoDo, which is just like SoHo or TriBeCa…except that it’s not. And then, finally, Portland.

Six days, 2400 miles, no major mishaps. Can’t ask for more than that.

What I learned on my trip:

  • When Danny Stevens tells me it is a bad idea to pack a futon like that because of what it will do if it unravels, I will believe him. In fact, next time, I think I’d just throw out the futon.
  • Lock the back door of the moving truck before I drive off. Don’t ask.
  • Red Roof Inns are worth the $5 extra cost over a Motel 6. In fact, they’d be worth $25 more. And the Red Roof Inn in Ogden, Utah is the Hilton of motels (whereas the Cheyenne Motel 6 is the Paris Hilton of motels).
  • If you have a choice between staying a night in Cheyenne and staying a night in Laramie, choose Laramie.
  • My choice for the next out-of-the-way trendy artist colony: Memphis, Texas. Nice old buildings, near beautiful natural scenery, and the land has got to be way cheap.
  • Colorado is beautiful. Wyoming is awe-inspiring. Idaho is boring.

If someone had told me when I was in high school that I would spend five years living in Houston, I wouldn’t have believed it. Houston’s national reputation is abysmally low. I’m glad I had the time to live in and enjoy the real Houston.

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