New Ride

A little over two weeks ago Irain sonata decided to trade up to a newer vehicle that would have better gas mileage than my 2005 Ford Escape.  After a month of stalking the inventory of a dealer here locally I went in, signed some papers, handed over some money, and drove off the lot with a 2011 Hyundai Sonata.


She may be a used car but she’s also in excellent shape body and mechanically.  She also gets almost twice the mileage of the Escape I was driving.  I should probably also mention this car is FUN to drive!  Like really fun.  I drove over 600 miles the first weekend with the car kind of fun.

A smooth ride along with some standard bells and whistles (Blue Tooth and SiriusXM) make this an excellent vehicle.

Heading Home To DFW

My four day work trip to Amarillo has wrapped up, I’ve checkouted out of the hotel, returned the rental car, and now I sit at a charging station at Rick Husband International Airport writing this while chugging a Mountain Dew.  It was an all right trip and the folks at our facility here were very nice and welcoming to me.  It’s never easy having an outsider show up at your center but those folks made me feel right at home.

Some notes from this trip…

Getting an iPad Air 2 was a very good decision on my part.  I had forgotten just how enjoyable the whole tablet experience was with an iPad.  Now, don’t look at me like that!  I still like my Nexus 6 AND Android but I have never enjoyed the Android tablet experience.

Add in the Logitech three device Bluetooth keyboard I grabbed at Best Buy last week and using an iPad on road trips just got a whole lot more enjoyable.  The screen is larger than my old Windows 8 inch Asus tablet I was using which my not so young eyes appriciate and the iPad Air 2 is actually a bit lighter in the hand that the Asus tablet was.  My best friend back home in North Carolina is giving the Asus a nice new home.

If you would like to see lots more pictures from my trip then look for me on Instagram (mikepas007).

On tap for when I get home this weekend is cracking down on my site design as it’s still not quite where I want it to be and get serious about regularly posting content.

Road Trip

This week I’m on a road trip for work in Amarillo, Texas, for work.  I should be back home this coming weekend and plan to do some work on the site.  I’ve alsow got some ideas for some stuff I’d like to talk about here on the site so stay tuned!

A Word About That Picture At The Top Of My Page


The photo that I use as my page banner is a cropped image of the one above and from my previous post. It was taken my first week here in Texas (January 3, 2013 if memory serves) in downtown Dallas. That particular morning I went by the place I came to work to see an old friend, tour the facility, and then head over to the JFK museum downtown. As often happens with me out and about in a new place I was snapping LOTS of pictures. Out of all the ones I snapped that morning this one is my favorite. And the final result of the picture didn’t hit me until that night when I looked through my days photos.

When taking the picture I didn’t really notice the guy with his back to me seemingly staring down oncoming traffic. The pose struck me as slightly aggressive, as if he was daring the oncoming cars to hit him and for the tall buildings of downtown Dallas to do their worse. “Here I stand” is how I personally like to think of this picture.

For me this seemed like the prefect picture to relaunch my site.

Moving To Texas



So, why did a guy from North Carolina up and decide to move to Texas? From the time I made the decision to the time I left was literally less than two weeks.

Partly it was a leap of faith in a former boss (THANK YOU again DY if you’re reading this!) being able to get me back on with a company I had left six months earlier. And partly it was to do that time old classic, “Start Over”. And that is pretty much what I’ve done the past few years. There really wasn’t anything holding me back in NC and I had always threatened to up and leave one day. One morning I packed up my car and I haven’t been back since.

Do I miss North Carolina? Sorta. There are a few people I really miss and I’m almost at a point where I’d shank someone for some Bojangles chicken or Eastern NC BBQ. I miss fall colors and that’s about it.

On the other hand Texas has provided me some really awesome opportunities career wise so that’s goes in the “Glad I Moved 1200 Miles Away” column. Plus I’ve gotten rather spoiled by all that’s available in such a large metropolitan area like the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. I just spent a week in Killeen, Texas, for work and was so bored out of my skull I didn’t know what to do.

This, of course, is the Readers Digest version of why I moved to Texas at the end of December 2012. Like anything else involving me there’s more to the story and some of you know it. Let’s just leave it like this.

Moving was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.

New Host

It only took me about a month to finally figure out a long-term host for the newly re-launched site and it’s  My former host of several years just made things too difficult for me to work with as far as site design and after some consideration I decided I really wanted to give WordPress another go.  I had used WordPress back around 2004 for another site I ran for less than a year but now it’s gotten a lot easier to setup and manage.

Over the next week or two you’ll probably notice some theme changes and other such stuff happening here as I zero in on a final “look” for the site.  In the mean time I plan to start posting semi-regularly, at least once or twice a week or more, so stay tuned.