3 Months In Washington DC

In my last blog post I mentioned how I was on my way to Washington DC to spend the summer. Well, June, July, and August flew by in a blink of an eye, but it was an eventful and fun 3 months… Summer In Washington DC My wife and I rented a house in an absolutely amazing location in Cleveland Park just a couple minute walk to the Metro and dozens of restaurants. We were also a short walk to the Uptown Movie Theater, Rock Creek Park Trails, and other shops. To say it was a convenient location is an understatement. It took almost the entire 3 months, but we managed to try every restaurant in the Cleveland Park area. My favorite restaurants turned out to be: Ardeo Bardo Indique Spices Lavandou Byblos Deli Out of the Cleveland Park area Founding Farmers took my favorite restaurant prize. We also attended several events over the summer: 3 Washington Nationals baseball games Sugarland at JiffyLube Live Alan Jackson at WolfTrap Roger Waters The Wall at Verizon Center Adams Family at Kennedy Center Memphis at Kennedy Center The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Beauty and The Beast at National Theater CitiOpen Tennis Tournament at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center Martina McBride at WolfTrap Sheer Madness at Kennedy Center We also went to the National Zoo, Air and Space Museum, American History Museum, Natural History Museum, National Archives, Arlington National Cemetery, and walked around The Mall several times. So, if I was culturally starved before, this filled that void. I’ll miss the amazing cultural diversity of Washington, DC:...

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...

The New iPad, iPad 3, iPad Resolutionary (whatever you want to call it) review

As most of you know, I’m a pretty big fan of Apple products. I’ve had pretty much every Apple product that’s come out the past 5 years including the iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac, Mac Book Pro, MacAir, Mac Pro, etc. So, it’s without a lot of surprise that I preordered the new iPad when it was announced a few days ago. I’ve been getting smarter and more cost efficient with my Apple upgrades by promptly selling my old version when the new product comes out. Apple products hold their value surprisingly well, and the trend held true when selling my old iPad 2. I paid $599 for my iPad 2 wifi 32gb when it came out last year and I was able to recover $340 by selling it this week. I used a new eBay feature called Instant Sale which worked perfectly. They even pay for shipping, so I was able to net the full $340. This time I decided to get the iPad with the 4g LTE incorporated – it was a no-brainer for me to go with Verizon vs AT&T. After traveling the country in our RV last summer it’s pretty clear who has the better coverage. When my iPad 3 arrived today my first thought was “Wow, this is heavier”. That lead me to the Apple website where I was shocked to find out I wasn’t imagining things. The new iPod is 1.46 pounds (662 g) vs the iPad 2 at 1.33 pounds (601 g). That’s a full 10% heavier and it’s VERY noticeable, I’m honestly kind of annoyed by the extra weight; I assume the...

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‚Ķ. 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,...

Terran Marketing Projects Update

It’s been a busy few weeks for us at Terran Marketing. I’m actually personally impressed with the amount we’ve been able to accomplish behind the scenes over the past 4-6 weeks. For those of you who know me personally, you know that’s hard to do. All our hard work is about to pay off in the form of 4 sites launches that will be happening between now and September 10th. Graphic Design We purchased this site in the middle of July and about 6 weeks later I’m excited to say that we are on the cusp of launching version 1.0 of this site. Since Graphic Design is such a broad term, we are making a portal site that will focus on graphic design firms, degrees, jobs, and software. In the mean time we’ve written a bunch of content, which we’ve posted to our temporary site. This has helped us jump a couple spots in the rankings – from 15th to 12th. I fully expect the site to reach the first page within the first 45 days of the new site launching. We are expecting a launch date of between now and September 10th. Once we launch I will make a detailed post about what we have done there. Online Degree We purchased this site in mid-July as well and I’m happy to report it’s also on the cusp of launching version 1.0. Online Degree will launch with reviews of several top online schools and a ton of rich content. Since we’ve had the temporary site up for about 5 weeks now, we’ve come on the scene with a ranking...

Just Like That – We Have A House!

A few days under the 2 month mark from when we first arrived in Dallas, I can finally say we have a home. We closed on the house late in the day Thursday and got to spend the night here for the first time yesterday. Even though the house is completely empty (with the exception of a couple things we purchased from the previous owners) it was a great feeling sleeping in our own home last night. This is the first time my wife and I have owned a home together since we’ve been married – that is actually ours, and only ours. When we lived in Costa Rica we were living in a company owned house that had a lot of foot traffic from others living on the property. In Cayman we were just renting a condo. Since we moved back to the US, we’ve basically been nomads living in furnished rentals or our RV. To say the least, we’ve been all over the place for the past several years and it feels great to finally be settled somewhere. Now that we have the house we’re faced with the overwhelming task of furnishing it. We have a few things on order and some personal items coming from out west, but that will only fill 20% of this place. We pretty much need everything from dining room furniture to guest room furniture. From patio furniture to office furniture. It’s going to be a big task. The good news is that we absolutely love this house. The floor plan is simply amazing. It’s the only house we saw that had...