Wrong Turn, Clyde…

Wrong Turn, Clyde…

Tl;Dr – I’m moving to Charlotte, North Carolina.

What a crazy past few months it’s been, As you may have previously read, I made a decision to leave Portland and I thoughtfully planned out where I wanted to live and I made the best decision possible with all the information I had at the time.

Then, Life is what happens when you make other plans…

Shortly after making the decision to move and the destination, a little birdie reached out to me with a conversation that I wasn’t expecting to have in this calendar year (I’d already mapped out my entire year) but it was a very compelling conversation. And if you know me, I love a good story. So of course I was frightened and intrigued at the same time.


After careful consideration of all my options it came down to decision time, stay my current course and hope for the best or, in the words of Defying Gravity:

Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap!

And leap, I did. This morning, I formally accepted an offer with a new company, to move to a new city, to begin a whole new adventure. So, a new adventure awaits me in Charlotte. It’s kind of fittingly called “The Queen City” so clearly it’s prepared for my reign of terror.

When I graduated High School, one of the gifts I got (from one of my favorite aunts) was the Dr. Seuss book “Oh the places you go.” Even some 20 years later, I pull that book off my shelf and read it cover to cover when I’m needing a little push in the right direction. I just keep remembering this quote:

You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)

Kid, you’ll move mountains.

So, today’s the day and my mountain is waiting. I guess I’d better get started. I hope you’ll come visit me in Charlotte.

One response to “Wrong Turn, Clyde…”

  1. Congrats Nick! I had no idea you were such a swell writer. And I love that quote. I could use a bit of that right now, as I make a transitional leap into the unknown.

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