There Are Places I Remember

Places

Arlington, Keller, Bedford, Odessa and Denton used to be nothing more than just names of places I had seen on a map or driven through once or twice.

They didn’t hold any particular significance to me in large part because I didn’t have any thing of importance to associate them with, but things change and memories are created alongside moments.

I haven’t been here long enough yet to have determined exactly where I want to plant my roots which is in large part why I have spent ample amounts of time driving around to see the sights.

The people are friendly and more than willing to offer an opinion on where they think the best places to live are and why. More than a few have shared their thoughts and I am grateful for it.

A Million Little Details

Sometimes it feels like there are a million little details to cover. I haven’t had a chance to visit a dentist yet to fix the crown and I haven’t a clue where a hospital is. Fortunately I am not in need of one, but if I was I realize I am not exactly sure where one is or which is considered to be the best.

Two nights ago I cooked up a couple of chicken burgers for dinner and realized I didn’t own much of the way in condiments. There was some salt, pepper and two packs of sugar but no ketchup or mustard.

The majority of my furniture is still in storage and I haven’t figured out yet whether it makes sense to ship it over or to sell it and buy some new pieces. It is kind of exciting and a bit nerve wracking all at the same time.

Where The Wild Things Are

A few minutes into my shower it occurred to me that I feel a little bit like Max, from “Where The Wild Things Are,” except I haven’t declared the start of the wild rumpus yet.

So I made a mental note to do so soon, but not yet–got too much work to do before that happens.

I won’t tell you how old it made me feel to realize that I was trying to schedule a wild rumpus because that goes against all of the rules of throwing “rumpi.” Everyone knows one of the key ingredients of a great wild rumpus is spontaneity.

Fortunately I compromised and agreed not to schedule a “rumpus” knowing that it would be much more fun to let it happen in a natural way. And in case you are wondering  made sure to have this debate in the shower as well, because doing so in public might have made some people nervous.

In my experience the only time to have an argument with yourself in public is while riding public transportation when you are in need of a seat. Act crazy out there and you just might find that aforementioned seat and maybe even a little room to put your stuff down.

On a Serious Note

Anyway, on a serious note the move has reminded me that although I do enjoy walking on the razor’s edge I also enjoy routine and familiarity. A change like this is a disruptive force that brings some chaos into things but also opportunity.

The big question is how to maximize the creation of opportunity while minimizing the influence of chaos. Thus far my method has been to try and take things one day at a time and not get too crazy about little things like missing condiments.

If nothing else I figure this time should provide plenty of fodder for stories and that is something I never grow tired of.

133 comments
Justin
Justin

Hi Josh,

I know what you mean about the disruption moving creates. I moved from the burbs into the country over 4 years ago and it probably took me about 2 years before it felt like home to me. Change is challenging but also rewarding.

Josh
Josh

Country life sounds kind of fun to me.

Adrienne
Adrienne

Hey Josh,

Welcome to Texas, where did you end up settling? I'm in Houston so you're nowhere close to me I'm assuming. We don't have winters where I am thank goodness. Another reason I never moved.

I remember a long time ago someone asked Diane Keaton what she thought about Texas and she imagined people riding horses down the street. The more out in the country you are you'll definitely see that but not usually in the big city. I thought that was kind of funny actually because that's exactly what I use to do when I was younger. Ride the horse down to the corner store.

Hope you'll be happy here and enjoy the weather.

~Adrienne

Josh
Josh

Hi Adrienne,

I am in Fort Worth now. It is a bit chillier than I am used to, but I am adjusting.

So you used to ride a horse to the store? Now that sounds interesting to me, I bet you have some pretty good stories about those days.

Hootie the Alien
Hootie the Alien

Did I miss something here? Was there a hijacking? Did terrorists take over?

Josh
Josh

The terrorists were successfully driven off with beer and pizza.

Judy Lee Dunn
Judy Lee Dunn

Josh! I'm new to this #teamblogjack thing (and late to the party, too).

I just want to say that change is good! Mr bobwp and I have taken a few of these mighty leaps ourselves. One of them sent me to West Africa. I love being in a place where the culture, people and language are new. (I apply this to Texas with all their y'alls.)

But no condiments? That sounds frightful. Being the Condiment Queen that I am, I would have had to skip dinner.

And I love the way you talk about scheduling the rumpus. By the way, Have you seen the telling of Where the Wild Things Are as read by Christopher Walken. It's pretty cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKNaYlzssbc

So start a journal if you haven't already done so. Lots of inspiration for new stories.

Josh
Josh

Hi Judy,

No worries. West Africa is certainly a bigger change than I had. But Texas is still different nonetheless.

I was too tired to run out for condiments and too hungry not to eat but that situation has since been rectified.

I love that video with Walken, "might be a suicide" only he could say that. ;)

And yes, I am busy collecting stories, got more than a few.

Michelle Quillin
Michelle Quillin

Argh! I missed a #TeamBlogJack! Does the New England Blizzard of 2013 get me off the hook this time?

Texas looks so attractive right now...

Josh
Josh

Hi Michelle,

That blizzard looks great...in pictures. ;) Hope you came through ok.

Lori Gosselin
Lori Gosselin

Aw! I missed the blogjack!!! (I'm never on the computer on Sundays!!!)

Well I have just one thing to add Josh. Condiments are important! Get some!

Lori

Josh
Josh

Hi Lori,

Better late than never. Hope you had a great Monday.

Kaarina Dillabough
Kaarina Dillabough

Thanks to all of you you came over to #TeamBlogJack our good friend Josh. I'm just cleaning up the chips and dip and confetti on the floor, and sending you a cold one from the snowbank Bill. 'Til next time...yay #TeamBlogJack!

And remember...anyone can initiate a #TeamBlogJack, and all are welcome to join in. I'll set up a google+ community so people can be notified when we descend upon our next recipient (cough, victim). Cheers all! Kaarina

Kaarina Dillabough
Kaarina Dillabough

Party on! (and I hate it when commentluv won't let me be brief. Wanted to say only party on!...but it won't let me...hence the more words:)

Geoff Livingston
Geoff Livingston

Where the Wild Things Are was my favorite book growing up. You know what? I feel like Max quite frequently...

Josh
Josh

Max is one cool dude-- he is a good guy to be.

Barbara
Barbara

Am I too late to the party? Darn time difference! Is there any beer left? And where is the host? Hi, Josh, howdy?

Josh
Josh

Hi Barbara,

We're open 24 hours, 365 days. This is the blog that never sleeps.

Kaarina Dillabough
Kaarina Dillabough

You're never too late to a #TeamBlogJack party Barbara. I saved you a beer. And the host is MIA...either ignoring us completely or giggling in the background. Come out, come out wherever you are JJ!

Josh
Josh

Nope, didn't ignore anyone was just out running a few errands and then I had to watch the Laker game, but I am here now.

Amber-Lee (
Amber-Lee (

You done been jacked, Josh. It is indeed, official.

Hi! I'm Amber-Lee from Alaska! You moved from CA? With your family...to where, Texas? (Yes, I got lost in all the comments!) I hope you are all settling in well... I am looking forward to spending this snowy day digging into your posts and see if I can find what I have missed! Have a wonderful day!

Josh
Josh

Hi Amber-Lee,

Yep, made a big move, albeit it is not the same as living out in "I can't get there except by flying" Alaska, but big for me. Slowly but surely getting settled here.

Do you get lots of snow?

Kaarina Dillabough
Kaarina Dillabough

Hey there Amber-Lee: glad you were able to stop by. Now take care setting those traps.

Josh has moved on his own to pursue a job opportunity in Texas, leaving his family for the moment in LA, so the kids can finish their school year there. Be sure to check this site often: great posts always. Cheers! Kaarina

Adam
Adam

I do know something about Denton actually... The Jazz program at Univ of North Texas is one of the best in the country.

Josh
Josh

Hi Adam,

Do you know that from experience or from your time in the music industry?

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

I was on TV as a child and I think the name of the show was Rumpus Room....er, uh Romper Room.

True story though......:).

Josh
Josh

Hi Bill,

I remember Romper Room. Can't help but ask if you also made an appearance on Bozo too. ;)

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

Romper Room was the extent of my TV career.....:).

Kaarina Dillabough
Kaarina Dillabough

I'm sure you created a rumpus in romper room Bill. True story? Really?

Carolyn
Carolyn

Hey, Josh. I'm thinking road trip to Texas to join the rumpus and continue the #TeamBlogJack in person. Make sure you find a place with a guest room (a guest house would be suitable as well).

Party @ Josh's place!

Good luck with the move. :-)

Josh
Josh

You are all welcome to join, weather is pretty good today. It is not LA, but it is still sunny and that is a good thing.

Carolyn
Carolyn

Wow, that's a shame, Josh. I will be missing all of the snow and cold here in the Northeast. Sunshine and warm weather? Can you actually have a party under those conditions? #Confused

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

Pick me up on the way; I'm up for a good road trip.

Carolyn
Carolyn

Bill, I'll be right over. Be looking for me in that Red Ferrari you gave me last year.

Amber-Lee (
Amber-Lee (

Remember to swing by Tok as well, I'll fly out and meet you there!

Carolyn
Carolyn

Amber-Lee, I'm hitching the dogs to the sled as we speak. I will sled over to your place right after Bill's.

Kaarina Dillabough
Kaarina Dillabough

Detour up to the Great White North to get me first please:)

Carolyn
Carolyn

Will do, Kaarina. I'm putting on my #snowshoes now...

Jennifer Olney
Jennifer Olney

#TeamBlogJack - reporting for duty. I have to say you can't schedule a rumpus, it just happens and when it does you have to enjoy the ride.

Josh
Josh

Jen,

You are correct about not being able to schedule a rumpus. Although I can neither deny nor confirm having been a part of several rather large ones.

Amber-Lee (
Amber-Lee (

What's that quote? Something about or like.... "Life's a shipwreck...but don't forget to sing in the rowboat!"

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

Spontaneous combustion........

Joshua, I didn't know there was a minim word limit here....but now I do.....:).

Kaarina Dillabough
Kaarina Dillabough

I found that out the hard way too. Wanted to write only "party on"...wouldn't let me. I like the spontaneous combustion happening here, but I wonder where Josh is hiding? Do you think we scared him off, haha! No chance...the man's afraid of nothing:)

Kaarina Dillabough
Kaarina Dillabough

GemJen, you're absolutely right...you can't schedule a rumpus. It has to happen organically, when the stars align and the moment's right. I just hope to find a good way to let people know, because right now the rallying cry needs to be spread over so many platforms. I'm looking for feedback like yours: I'm thinking a google+ community plus tweets, although I did post on facebook as well. I'm happy that many of you have found out about our little rumpus today. Cheers! Kaarina

MARQUITA HERALD
MARQUITA HERALD

Aloha Josh, and thank you Kaarina for inviting me to stop by. Josh I have to tell you your article brought back memories of my last move - from CA to Maui - a very l-o-n-g time ago. I can still picture the crying relatives and friends green with envy. Lately I've been thinking maybe my roots are a little too deep - maybe it's time to shake things up. Look forward to reading more about how you're settling in to your new home Josh, and to learning more about #TeamBlogJack :-)

Josh
Josh

Hi Marquita,

Maui is easily one of my favorite islands. I have many good memories from times in Lahaina, Kaanapali and Kihei. I don't think I have ever had better fish than I have when I have been on the island.

Where in California were you?

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

I've moved twice in the last 30 years.....all w/in one mile of each other; they couldn't pry me out of here......:).

Adam
Adam

Though they have tried numerous times...

Amber-Lee (
Amber-Lee (

....bribes, threats, interventions...

Kaarina Dillabough
Kaarina Dillabough

Marquita, I'm so glad you stopped by and commented, and welcome to the wonderful world of #TeamBlogJack and my good friend Josh's blogsite. You live in a beautiful corner of the world Marquita: my husband and I travelled to Hawaii many, many years back, and our favourite spot was Maui. We rented a car, drove and found secluded beaches and drank in the beauty. Have you ever written a post about that move/uprooting? I'd love to read it. Cheers and welcome! Kaarina