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 was this past Saturday.

Over the past seven years we’ve lived all over the place (mostly at my suggestion), so this time I left things up to my wife. She really wanted to spend the summer in Washington, DC so we could be near friends and family for awhile. So, we pulled out of Dallas on Saturday with our RV pointing east on Interstate 30. We rented a pretty amazing place right in downtown Washington DC and it’s within walking distance to almost everything, including the Metro. Right now we plan on being there June 1 – Aug 31, but have a month-to-month option we might exercise if we really like it. We already have a pretty busy summer planned with friends coming to visit us from South Dakota, Isle of Man, Charlotte, Philly, etc. We also have dozens of friends who still live in the area along with my mom & dad and mother-in-law. It should be a good summer and I’m looking forward to it.

As to what comes after that, I really have no idea. I’m still going to leave it up to my wife, but I certainly have my favorites. We’ve kicked around all sorts of ideas from taking the RV to the Florida Keys for the winter to moving to San Diego, from staying in Washington, DC to moving to Hawaii. At this point nothing is even close to firm and it’s really just a good time in our lives to have some fun and clear our minds…..


  1. Live, learn and move on… Good luck on your next venture 🙂

    * Any plans for WSOP this summer?

    • Thanks very much Shaan.

      No plans for the WSOP this summer. The last thing on my mind right now is poker. We plan on spending the entire time in DC and have zero plans to fly to Vegas for the WSOP. I guess stranger things have happened though. If one of my good friends got ultra deep in a tourney I might pop out to sweat them…

  2. Good luck Mike. If your ever back in Dallas we’ll do lunch again !

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  4. Well I didn’t see this coming so quick. Thought something must be keeping you busy, since I didn’t see any blog updates.

    I’ve had my share of failed partnerships, so I know how rough those can be. But I’ve always learned something useful out of those type things, and I’m sure you will to.

    Have fun picking a new home, and good call letting the wife choose 🙂

  5. Hey Mike-

    I really hate to hear that Dallas didn’t work out and hopefully you won’t have major problems selling that beautiful home over there. Like you said, everything’s a lesson in life so have fun in DC and don’t beat yourself up over it.

    Keith K


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