Tuesday Oct 02, 2007

30 Hours in the Texas Hill country

My wife and I celebrated our 5th anniversary this weekend by getting away to the Hill Country that surrounds Austin.   On Saturday we chilled by the pool at the Marriott at Horseshoe Bay.  It was great to simply relax and read -- no diaper changing, no wrestling kids to bed -- a nice break.

On Sunday we took a scenic drive from Horseshoe bay, down to Fredricksburg and then home via Johnson City, birthplace of President Lyndon Johnson


The outskirts of Fredricksburg

Fredricksburg is an interesting little town with two major influences, Germany and The Pacific campaign for World War II. 

The town was founded in 1846 by Baron Otfried Hans von Meusebach and like a lot of small towns in central Texas there is considerable German influence and many signs in German. 

The town is also the birthplace for Admiral Chester Nimitz, the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Forces in World War II.  As a result, the road that runs through town is named "The Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway" and in town they have "The National Museum of the Pacific War."

 
Off the Willow City loop, north of Fredricksburg


Der Kuchen Laden: wrought iron and glass blocks. 

 
Nothing says Fall quite like a wheelbarrow full of pumpkins 


Pau for now... 

Monday Feb 12, 2007

Austin or Bust

The time has come the walrus said...to get the heck out of Silicon Valley.  Given the job Im doing, working with the GNU/Linux community and managing Sun's relationship with the FSF, its a job that I can do anywhere.  I choose to do it in Austin.

Its been a great 12 years here in the Bay Area but now with three little monkeys to support it doesnt seem to make as much sense.  Austin on the other hand...that seems to make a lot of sense.  For starters, for half the price of our house here we are building a house in Austin twice the size.  To put that into perspective, the size of our house in Austin will be larger than our entire lot here in San Jose.  All that and we get great public schools and no state income tax.  A beautiful blue oasis in a large red desert.  A great place to raise kids.

The movers are packing up the house as I type this and tomorrow they'll come to haul it all away.  The wife and kids have already gone to the in-laws (once the furniture arrives I'll retrieve the family).  The following day I will leave before the crack of dawn and begin the journey to Austin.  Driving long distances seems to be so quintessentially American.  I look forward to doing my patriotic duty and driving half-way across country.  My 25 hours of driving time will take me through California, Arizona, New Mexico and then into the heart of Texas.  Ive got my ipod, my cds, and my camera, Im good to go.

Aloha, California, its been great!  I promise Ill visit.

Pau for now...


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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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