Goodbye, California. In the words of your famous Governor, “I’ll be back”, but for now, it’s time to go home to Kansas City. We returned the rental car after driving 1,000 miles exploring your beaches, mountains, groves, vineyards, and deserts to consider whether it would be a good fit for our business and life. Now, we are ready to make the 1,362 air mile journey back to the cornfields and apple orchards of the Midwest, which will take only a few short hours thanks to the miracle that is science. In the nearly two weeks we’ve been here, it’s helped us learn a lot about which towns and cities we would be willing to adopt as our own, and the pros and cons relative to other options, including places like Florida and Texas. There are spreadsheets to build, maps to retrace, discussions to be had, and numbers to crunch. You’ve given us a lot to ponder.
Thanks for taking the journey with us! I hope some of you found the pictures interesting and, once again, I want to thank so many of you, deeply and sincerely, for the suggestions, feedback, comments, and messages you’ve sent me about this trip. Even if I didn’t have a chance to respond, I tried to read them all and they helped us a great deal.
Update: We’re home. While we were gone the roses come out of their winter dormancy and had their first flush!
We need to head over to my parents’ house now to see the renovations that were done. They are completely overhauling their home and placed orders for the appliances during the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting to get the owner discount. A lot of it was delivered in the last few days so we get to see it in person.