One Pair of Cowboy Boots & Two Suitcases

English: A roper boot style cowboy boot. Note ...

English: A roper boot style cowboy boot. Note the square, short heel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is only a week since I shoved two suitcases, a pair of cowboy boots and an assortment of odds and ends into my car and headed out to meet the echoes of the future.

One week ago I missed a turn under the black desert night and spent thirty five minutes backtracking through the black desert night to find a cheap motel.

I managed to get about six hours of sleep that night, none of it consecutive or so it felt. Between my excitement about the adventure I had set out on, the trains that ran every half hour and the loud neighbors sleep didn’t come as easily I would have liked.

But that didn’t prevent me from getting an early start the next day, I had too much too do and no time to waste so I pushed on.

One Week Later

One week later I am firmly ensconced in my new short term home and have already put in a few days at the new office. One week later and I don’t need my GPS to get around the neighborhood I live in nor do I need it to find the office.

Some of that is because I made a point to do a test run before I started and some of it is because I made a point to focus on where I was going. Memories of a trip out here five years ago stuck with me.

That is because I relied on the GPS to get me around and it died…at midnight.

I was about 30 miles away from my hotel and desperate for sleep, so being lost wasn’t all that much fun that night.

Things Change

Five years later nothing has changed and everything has changed. Five years ago I thought about what it would be like to live here, but it obviously didn’t happen.

Now thought has turned into action and dreams of what could be have changed a little bit and I am learning what it means to be a resident and not a visitor.

I left a ton of stuff back in LA and to a certain extent am enjoying the freedom of not having it.

There is something nice about a minimalist life style. There are benefits to figuring out what you want and what you need.

Twenty-four Versus Forty-Four

The move has also made it clear how some of those wants and needs have changed. Twenty years ago I could drive all day and not notice the lack of lumbar support in my car seat.

Twenty years ago I wouldn’t have had much interest in finding a nice restaurant to stop at so that I could grab a cup coffee and enjoy a nice meal. Fast food and a Coke would have been perfectly fine with me.

And of course twenty years ago I wouldn’t have thought twice about trying to find a house in a good school district or paid any attention to whether a neighborhood was good for raising kids.

Those weren’t wants or needs, but that was then and this is now.

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  1. Mary Stephenson February 8, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Hi Josh

    Sounds like you are liking your new environment.

    Being lost sucks, especially if you have it coupled with low on gas! Years ago we were vacationing and were running out of gas. All the stations we passed were closed for the day and there was no motels to be found. All the towns on the map that had bigger letters, we figured were bigger towns…not so. So with the last big one on the map we figured we needed to find something fast and wait it out until morning. Found a little place that had a room…nothing fancy at all, with an uncomfortable bed. Filled up the next morning, had a not so great breakfast and headed on out. The next town about 5 miles down the road was much bigger and had plenty of gas stations, motels and restaurants!

    I know what you mean about how things change with the concerns you have to consider. Nothing is as simple as when we were young and carefree.


    • Josh February 9, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Hi Mary,

      Overall I am enjoying things. It has been a interesting change.

      Your story about getting lost on the road made me smile. I can relate to it because I have had similar experiences. When you don’t know where you are it is a challenge trying to figure out how far to push things before you have to stop. Sometimes you run into a bigger town a few miles down the road and sometimes you can drive for miles and see nothing so…

      Young and carefree– we never quite appreciate what that means until later do we. 😉

  2. Kaarina Dillabough February 7, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Ditto what Lori just said:) Cheers! Kaarina

  3. Lori Gosselin February 7, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Hi Josh,
    It sounds like “now” is pretty good for you! 🙂

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