I’ve lived in Texas for my entire life so far. 18 years in humid, boring Corpus Christi, a few years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and finally two years in Austin.

Before I came to Austin, I was preparing to make my great escape from Texas to Portland, Oregon. I got really close that time. Frustratingly close. (Really, had a plane ticket and everything.) I had nothing tying me down to Texas, but then this great opportunity to work on something awesome in Austin, TX came along. I figured, of all the places in Texas I’d really enjoy still living in, it would be Austin.

I was right. The last two years I’ve spent living in Austin have been so much fun. The city is laid-back, full of life, good beer, great food (particularly tacos), and great people. I would encourage anyone considering it to give Austin a try, you won’t regret it. (Unless you move here in August, then you might regret it)

The thing is, I think I could see myself living in Austin for the rest of my life. The other thing though (there are two things), is that I’m not ready to settle down yet and I’m ready for a change of scenery. Once again I find myself with nothing tying me down to Texas. I work remote for Black Pixel, so I figure now would be a nice time to try again.

So, once my lease is up in early August, I’ll be making the move to New York City (Brooklyn, to be precise). I spent a week in the city on vacation not too long ago and I had an incredible time exploring the city and was amazed at how much of it I had not yet seen. By the end of the week, I felt like it was the kind of place that was just my speed, so I figured I’d give it a try.

I’ll be making a trip out there again July 17-23 to look for a place to live, so any friends with advice on apartment hunting (or if you just want to meet up), please feel free to drop me a line via email at pbowden@pbowden.net.