Had to get the best pizza in the land at Pizzeria Bianco. Thank you #Phoenix AZ.
Went here with my sister when I lived in Phoenix again… I hate to be a pizza snob, but if you’re from the east coast, this is NOT the best pizza. It was good, but not really worth the wait IMHO. The bar next door, though, was very cool, probably the better destination. But more power to Jimmy and if you like that Pizza— and apparently many many people do, great.
It’s been just over a month since the end terminus with AK, thanks to yet another act of physical violence that would be her last one with me [well, not counting Oct 28 when I went to retrieve my belongings, but that wasn’t as bad]. It’s amazing how much better everything is when there’s no violence or super-thick tension in the air about every aspect of daily life.
I made reference on Facebook to my encounters this year with three of the Four Horsemen of the [Dan Hugo] Apocalypse… it has been that much fun, really. However, things have absolutely turned around and I believe the move to Vegas was a good one at a perfect time for me. Since I managed to avoid Death [but not Famine, Pestilence/Conquest nor War], I suppose this personal apocalypse was fortuitous, and as is so often the case, not at all obvious about it along the way.
I’ve managed to get a ton of coding and refactoring done on my Food Truck web app project which many have heard way too much about. This and my return to being sociable and proactive about networking and getting involved in my surroundings have turned the lights back on, so to speak. They were dimmed for far too long.
Thanks to friends and family who were near and far but there through this challenging time (Apr 8 - Oct 28 being the core awful, a short interval but an excruciatingly-long time indeed). My optimism has returned, as has most of my energy to apply to coding and creating… next I’ll find out who wants to take part in the web app beta, but all are appreciated either way.
I’ve not been my normal, responsive self of late. Solo projects that are a year late will tend to do that…
The Month of September has been particularly stressful as far as this project and life in general go. Moved to Vegas at the very end of July so August was spent getting used to the whole new environment, getting some minor networking going, looking around, etc. Not so much gambling as you might imagine, though I think we’d like to go and see some shows and in general get out and about more. There’s a lot more going on around here that is NOT gambling than I though there would be, especially in my interest area (tech, nerdiness, startups, etc), so things are actually looking pretty good I think.
But the task at hand has come to the fore and it has been time to fish or cut bait. Too much talking about and lamenting my food truck booking/directory/finding web app, not enough showing off of a semi-finished beta product, and so that has been the focus above and beyond all else.
Couple this with a fact that I learned decades ago: if engineers are responsible for shipping things, they will tend to get cooler and cooler without actually getting released. Officially, anyway. I’ve definitely had creeping features disease, partially because I’ve thought about this whole thing so much (more than any one person should, I think), and partially because I have no voice of reason to pick proper milestones and QA me toward them.
Anyway, I’m outputting a graph from gitstats for the nerd in you to give you some idea about how September has been with FoodTruckYP… so that’s the story, now back to work.
Yes, I’m still working on FoodTruckYP, in addition to another project (Dear Martini, more on that later). But in Vegas…
Things have been a little crazy for the last few months. As you may recall there was a little issue with a Fire back in April, which didn’t destroy everything I owned but it did a number on my mental state, and of course it was tricky to get anything done moving between hotels, looking for a new place to live, and telling The Story whenever anyone noticed that my laptop smelled like a campfire.
When I moved here I was hoping to be able to work in a new environment and I figured that Vegas was your basic gaming-company-mecca where I might dust off my embedded systems chops at some point and get a gig working on the latest slot machine technologies. Happily, I was wrong . This is a new environment, but as luck would have it it is also a happening place when it comes to entrepreneurialism (in and other than technology). The presence of companies like Zappos and an apparently-keen interest from many other local entities (government, educational, and private sector) in making a vibrant startup ecosystem here, coupled with the density of this place (there are no bodies of water or bridges or area codes between ideas here as there are in Silly Valley), appear to have mixed well on top of the “there’s always something going on” nature of Las Vegas.
I’m pretty excited to be here as the layers of the onion peel away to reveal an interesting place that is not so far from Silicon Valley as I thought it might be, but in a good way.
So it looks like maybe a new kind of food truck web app will be launching in Vegas instead of Silicon Valley…