Tip and JAM coming to you from deep in the heart of the Republic of Texas.
Well, not exactly deep in the heart. The Metroplex, the Dallas-Ft Worth area is about an hour’s drive south of the Red River. Deep in the heart is down around San Antonio and Austin. Did you know Austin is an Osage Indian name for Weird? Little known fact.
Living in New York City opened our eyes. We learned to appreciate that which is special about the ordinary, and to celebrate all things grand and small.
The magic of exploring a new city pulls at our imaginations and drives a thriving travel industry, yet, how quickly the magic leaves us when we return to our familiar places.
Think about the last time you experienced a city for the first time. Looking at the town in wonder, watching people going about their daily routines of everyday life and imagining what it would be like to live there. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could hold onto that wonder forever?
Our drive halfway across America in the trusty ol’ Penske truck, took us through several states. We felt the attraction to several places along the way and tried to imagine ourselves living there.
We crossed the clean, beautiful highways of New Jersey and into the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, briefly crossing the landscape of West Virginia…
Then to Ohio where we met up with a friend who loves Columbus. Next to Kentucky and Tennessee which delighted us with beautiful fall color, to Arkansas and finally Texas where the wide highways opened up to welcome us home.
All this driving gave us ample time to talk about what we had just experienced. It was clear that New York City had changed us, but we weren’t sure how.
We felt as if we were coming home, yet at the same time we felt were leaving home. Torn between two cities , we discovered we didn’t like one place over the other. We just loved them differently. We are different. And we like the change.
Six weeks have passed. We’ve settled into our new home in Flower Mound, Tx. As we plant our feet on the ground, we vow to appreciate what is special wherever we are. We hope you stay with us as we go out to explore our next Wonderland, wherever that may be.
Texas, it is great to be home. We missed you. New York, you are our best new friend. We miss you.