By the time you read this, my family and I, along with all of our belongings, will be starting our week long move from Houston, Texas to western Montana.Â
Though I was not born and raised in Texas, I have really enjoyed my time here for the most part, and I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t going to miss living here, because I will. Not because of the weather, because it’s way too hot here for me (I tell everyone it’s because I have Viking blood…which may or may not be true) and it’s not because of the landscape. It’s certainly not because of the gun laws, which are nowhere near as relaxed as the rest of the country seems to think. No, I’ll miss Texas because of the people. I’ve said this before, and it’s true: the best part about Texas is Texans.
Texans, true Texans, are wonderful people. They are resilient, tough, liberty-minded and independent folks who don’t take crap from anyone. I’ve had the pleasure to get to know many of these fine folks during the years I spent in Texas, and I’m thankful that I had that opportunity.
Several of you that found out about my move have asked why Montana, and while I’m not going to go into great detail, we chose Montana for a lot of different reasons. Mountains, water, population density, hunting, weather, like-minded people, the list goes on. At the end of the day Montana is a better fit for our family.
And if you’ve ever been to Montana, you know how beautiful and peaceful it is there. The title “God’s Country” comes to mind often.
Monderno has been a Texas-based corporation since I started it in late 2011, and so it will remain. Texas is one of the most business friendly states in the union, and there’s no reason at this time to move the business. Having said that, if you need to mail something to me, you will obviously no longer be able to send it to my Texas address if you have it.
Other than my mailing address and a bit of downtime while I move, nothing will change right away. However, this move will afford me more opportunities to test/review gear that was difficult to do in Houston, as I will have countless number of acres of mountainous terrain at my disposal.
The Gear Shop, which is run by Dan out of the Indianapolis area, will be unaffected by my move.
Because of the move, things will be a little slow on the website this week. If you’re interested in following my move (or my other shenanigans) you can friend me on Facebook, or follow me on Instagram and Twitter. Thanks for reading Monderno, and hopefully things will get back to normal next week.