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Posted by FretlessinTexas on Thursday, December 9, 2010


Notice the change of my handle -- FretlessinFortWayne is now FretlessinTexas.
We arrived in Dallas Saturday evening after a two-day drive and now that I been here a few days, I can say that I do feel good about the move.
 After selling our house in an unsolicited cash offer (house was not on the market), we remained in Fort Wayne for about a month, waiting for word from two prospective employers where I had second interviews. I felt good about both places, but then never heard from either.
 We felt we could no longer impose on our friends that we were staying with in order to keep them friends. So we packed up a small U-Haul (the bulk of our stuff remains in storage in Fort Wayne) and headed for Dallas.
 We have a good situation here. My wife and I have the entire downstairs of a sizeable house and were welcomed by her sister (my sister in law) and her husband. Nice people.
. Not only is the sun shining and winters milder here (forecast is to be 65 today) I have very positive feelings about Texas, but the Texas economy is probably the best in the country. After setting up my office, I will resume my magazine writing and begin looking for economic development jobs here in the Lone Star State as well as other parts in the Southeast and the Southwest.
On Sunday, we went to a large flea market in Fort Worth where my wife Tera added to her cookbook collection (more weight for the next U-Haul) and I bought a pair of Justin cowboy boots. She said I am not to wear them with her in public. Wanted to buy a real Stetson hat made from beaver, but I passed. LOL.
 Not only do Tera and I have ample space, but Corbin, my black lab, has a large fenced backyard to roam. I think he will like it here, too. Thumper the Wonder Cat is becoming more acclimated every day, although she continues to get shut inside an upstairs linen closet.
In terms of the old-time music scene, I know one old-time fiddle player here that I played tunes with about three years ago. We have been in touch and will be getting together in the next few weeks. I suspect and hope that there is an old-time music scene in DFW area. We shall see.
Well, that's the news from the ranch. Stay tuned.

4 comments on “Texas!”

Viper Says:
Thursday, December 9, 2010 @1:42:12 PM

Congrats on the move. My sister just moved to Fort Wayne, and I had hopes of finding some old-time players there while visiting. Guess that won't include you--too bad. Good luck in Dallas.

banjotef Says:
Thursday, December 9, 2010 @2:34:41 PM

Good luck, Dean. Indiana will miss you.

Dock Jekel Says:
Thursday, December 9, 2010 @3:28:51 PM

"Fretless-in-Texas"... everything sounds like it has a nice "ring" to it! Good luck!

Billygoat Says:
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @9:06:28 AM

With your arsenal of banjos it looks like Dallas just got an old-time scene. Yes! We've been waiting for you. Let's jam, learn me somethin.

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