Month: March 2012

I’m Ron Burgundy

I made it to Oceanside, California with all of my possessions minus a mini football that I left at Cole’s house. I’m somewhat upset because that football has been everywhere! Dallas, OKC, St. Louis, Cali, Turks and Caicos…. everywhere! But besides that, everything turned out just fine on my trip from Oklahoma City to Oceanside. It took roughly 36 hours, but I made it in great time!


Saturday evening, we hosted a little going away party at my friend Cole’s house. It turned out to be a big success. Everyone seemed to make an appearance at some point in the night and only one person got hurt trying to ride one of my bikes so that was fun. I got to see most every one of my friends that have meant a great deal to me all through high school and college. It was a great way to say goodbye… the way we spent the majority of our time together… not entirely sober. Here is the only picture from the evening. We’re awesome at documenting nights like these.

I started out Sunday afternoon making my rounds with my family. My mother was taking it really well….. she just had to make sure she didn’t make eye contact with me. I saw my grandparents, aunts and uncles and then for the finale had dinner at my parents where my mom made meatloaf, mashed potatoes and peas and dumplings. Everything was fantastic and I knew it would be because that’s what I asked for. I said goodbye to them around 8pm and it was harder than expected. Nothing really hit me until right then that I was actually leaving to live elsewhere. My mom packed a bag of goodies like mothers do for my road trip and I was off to go pack up. I had been staying at Cole’s since there is an extra bed at his house and he had room for everything of mine (not much). I began to pack up and things got really weird. Amanda had cooked an awesome Chicken Calzone that she got off Pinterest and of course I had dinner again. As I was packing, my emotions kept getting worse. I don’t deal with real-life situations that well as I usually I clam up and don’t talk. This happened a bit this time around as well. I just kept thinking, “Who does this? What am I going to do? I won’t get to hang out with my friends? I may, in all honesty, not see many of the important people in my life, for a good while.” Everything kept running through my head. I went to bed around 11:40 that night hoping to make it out by 6… I didn’t actually get to bed until 1 for sure.

I didn’t sleep well at all. I had weird dreams. I had too much on my mind. Then I woke up and got ready for the day. I said goodbye to Cole and Amanda and I was off. 80 miles later, I stopped in Weatherford to have breakfast with Bo and Jamie at a diner in town. Delish. After saying goodbye to them, I was off.

Fast forward with pictures…. Western Oklahoma to California….


I got into Oceanside at 4:30pm and was unpacked and asleep for the night at 7:30pm. Someone was tired. This has been a whirlwind the past 2 months and it has finally come down to me in California. I went to CrossFit yesterday and saw a few of the folks I met last time I was out here two months ago. They remembered me so that was cool. I’m known as the Oklahoma boy which is not. Today, I went and worked out at the local 24 Hour Fitness. I ran a few pick up games of basketball (for those who don’t know me that well… basketball is something that I love and am a huge fan of and for being 5’8″ and white, I’m not too terrible). I of course wore my bright yellow Kevin Durant’s and had to show up. I pretty much owned the place… seriously. I was on point.

Now for road trips thoughts:

  • I like when rappers put the word “drank” in song titles.
  • I heard “Rack City” no less that 11 times.
  • New Mexico sucks.
  • Arizona is exactly like you see in pictures.
  • Thank you to Guy Fieri for pointing me in the right direction for all my meals. Some of the stuff was completely out of bounds.
  • I really missed my cruise control that went out roughly a year and a half ago.
  • My car has really earned her keep around here. Since I have owned her, she has seen both coasts… a road trip to NYC and now one to San Diego.
  • I don’t know what all the fuss is about getting murdered in picnic areas, I slept just fine in one.
  • Talk radio – thanks for saving my life more than once on this trip.
  • LaQuinta – you think you are hot shit, don’t you?!
  • To the guy who was in the bathroom at the Love’s in Amarillo… tell the guy you’ll call him back as your destroy the bathroom.
  • I’m seriously glad I didn’t break down in New Mexico.

Thanks for riding along during this post. I hope to keep everyone posted as I continue on this crazy journey.

The Change Up

Sorry it has been a month and a half since I last posted while I was in California. There have a been some big time changes since I last posted so I thought I’d share everything. I’m currently sitting in the living room of my first house I bought with nothing in here except my computer and a bag full of my clothes for the next few days. More to come on this later.

Let me rewind a bit to when I was out in California. I spent two days shy of a month out in Oceanside, CA with my sister and niece. It was a nice little vacation that was unexpected after I was laid off from my job in Oklahoma. I took full advantage of being out there too. The Oklahoma City Thunder were on a West Coast road trip so I decided to join them as well. I made stops in LA to catch the Clippers-Thunder game, Oakland for the Warriors-Thunder game and trekked up to Sacramento for the Kings-Thunder game. It was awesome to see so many NBA venues. My dad went to the Clippers game with me, but I was by myself for the rest. I spent two days in San Francisco too and I absolutely fell in love with the place. It was exactly like NYC but on the Pacific Ocean. On my way back down to Oceanside, I took the Pacific Coast Highway. If you ever get a chance to drive that highway, do it. You won’t regret it. It had some breathtaking views.


After spending roughly a month out there, I decided to come back to Oklahoma to figure things out. I knew what I wanted to do so I put the plans in motion and once I did that, I caught a lucky break at the perfect time. I have had my house for sale for 8 months but it was priced a bit high just to see if people would take interest in it and maybe I make a little more money that way. Once I lost my job, I needed to lower the price in order for it to sell. I did and 3 days after being back in OK, I had an offer that I accepted. It was an incredible feeling. Immediately, I began to pack things up and post big items on Craigslist and I even had a garage sale. I literally sold all of my possessions save for a car load and 3 boxes that I have stored at my parents house. You hear about people doing this all the time, but I personally didn’t know anyone who has done what I am doing.

I close on my house tomorrow (Friday, March 9th) at 4pm, 23 months after buying the thing. I have the final walkthrough this afternoon. Everything is out my very first house. It’s definitely weird and it finally hit me this past Monday as to what I was exactly doing. It was weird timing too because it hit me as I was telling my coach at CrossFit that this would be my last week and I needed to cancel my membership.

Anyone who knows me knows that New York City has been my go-to change things up locale. I am completely in love with NYC and everything about it and I always thought that I would end up there one day. It is kind of surprising that I would do exactly what I was hoping to which is just packing my stuff up and moving…. but to the complete opposite side of the country. I have been thinking about it a lot and I think that there are several reasons that I am choosing the West Coast rather than the East. One, it helps that I have a place to crash for a while until I get my feet under me. That’s not all of it though because I had those options in NYC too. I think that a big part of it has been the lifestyle that I’m trying to live and wanting to live. I’ve taken a liking to endurance sports as you know and out west, it’s training season all year long. I’m looking forward to mix things up.

I leave Monday morning with a car load of my possessions, my only ones, and make the journey west to begin a new adventure…..