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Friday, May 8, 2009

Austin City Limits: I'm its newest resident.

I am officially an Austin resident. The movers came about 10:30 Friday morning, took two hours to load my stuff down three flights of stairs, another three-and-a-half hours to drive to Austin and just under an hour to unload.

Their timing was perfect. As soon as they were done, the cable guy shows up. Great. When they told me the "window" for the cable guy to show up was between 5 and 9 p.m., I thought I'd be sitting around all evening waiting. But he was in and out in no time. And so, I've got no toilet paper, and no food in the refrigerator but I've got cable.

And I also stopped at Specs for wine.

So, I'm all set now.

I'm debating whether to run Saturday morning. I had Rudy's BBQ for dinner just a few minutes ago and it was the first ting I've eaten since before the movers left my Fort Worth apartment. I'm sorta dehydrated (It was in the 90s in Texas) and sorta tired, so I'll just see how I feel in the morning.

I also need to get myself signed up with one of the local marathon programs because training for the early marathons is about to get in gear. I've heard a lot of good stuff about
Rogue Runners, so I will probably sign up there in the next few days.


On the drive down, I thought alot about the people I was leaving behind, particularly, my running buddies. They feted me with happy hour after happy hour last week. During one happy hour, a bunch of runners chipped in and bought me a wine cellar _ guess they got tired of me complaining when restaurants serve my wine too hot or too cold.

My last day in Fort Worth _ Thursday _ was the most emotional. At our normal Thursday morning run _ my last _ more runners than usual showed up, many to see me off. After that, we ate breakfast at Panera's and I was certainly surprised when they broke out a cake for me. First time I've eaten cake so early in the morning. Needless to say, it was bittersweet.

Later Thursday, some more of us had a few good-bye glasses of wine at a neat little wine bar downtown Fort Worth. Over the last four years, I've been emotional three times: When I first saw my son via sonogram; the day my son was born; and Thursday. Knowing I wasn't going to be hanging with some of my best running partners was harder than I thought to deal with.


After I get myself unpacked, I need to refocus my effort on finding work. The last two weeks, I've looked for work, but my concentration has mainly been on moving and saying goodbye.

Now that is done.

It's time to get myself a job. Play with my son. And find a marathon to run in.


Blogger Mike said...

Good luck with the job hunt buddy. You'll make friends quick I'm sure. Hit Iron Works and say hi to Stubbs for me!

May 9, 2009 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Run For Life said...

Saying goodbye is always tough. I hope you find a job and running group quickly!

May 9, 2009 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger rodney said...

Good luck. And get some toilet paper.

May 9, 2009 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger T said...

Glad to hear that you had a good send off.

You'll be settled in no time!

May 9, 2009 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger lindsay said...

sounds like a fun goodbye party with the old running crew. hopefully you'll find yourself back there every now and then for a run with them.

May 10, 2009 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Billy Burger said...

Aw man, that's kinda sad. I got a little choked up about the lengths your friends went through to wish you off. But to offset the bittersweetness (?), you have so many things to look forward to!

Best of luck on the job + marathon search Kev. One door closes, another door opens.

May 10, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Dave Lieber said...

I knew Fort Worth felt a bit emptier on Thursday. Now I know why. Kevin, I so miss your smiling face and feel fortunate that I got to know you. Dave Lieber

May 10, 2009 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Welcome to Austin Mr Speedster.

Rogue is a great road running program, as is Gilbert's Gazelles. There is also the Austin Runner's Club who do group runs every weekend.

May 10, 2009 at 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Welcome to Austin! I've heard good things about Rogue as well, but check out RunTex because I think they might have free training groups (or not, I'm really not sure).

May 11, 2009 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Runner Leana said...

Kevin, I saw Marni's post on cramping and thought I would pass it along since I know you struggle with this a lot. Hopefully you find some useful information!

Sounds like you have some wonderful friends back in Dallas. Good luck with the job hunting!

May 11, 2009 at 5:24 PM  

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