Pandemic changed a lot of things in my life, not the least of which was shutting down my brick and mortar business and moving my family from Palo Alto, CA to Austin, Texas. You don't shorten "Texas". That's a good way to catch a beating.
I spent fifteen years building that business, but the decision to close it was easy. I don't play the game of wishing for a better outcome in the face of clear evidence that the future is set. People kept telling me that COVID would be over in a few weeks and I should just hang in there.
How's that working out for you?
I'll let you in on a little secret that isn't a secret. I was happy to move to Texas. I've always wanted to live here, but my business was chained to Palo Alto. Then everything went online and the decision was simple.
Actually, it wasn't a decision.
It was a gift.
It was as if in the midst of a hurricane of adversity a spirit stepped from within the storm and handed me the key to an imagined future. A future that was about to go from an ethereal wish to a reality more solid than anything I had ever known.
I believe to my core that Texas is a more free state than California. Particularly if you want to buy a Gen 5 Glock. Most of the restrictions in California are little things, little things you may not even notice from one day to the next.
But what is it that kills us the surest?
It's the little things.
Now I can raise my daughter in the greatest state in the Union, and I believe we have a brighter future here.
I should probably point out that I'm still writing. Things just got sidelined for a minute. More on that soon.