By the way

I am moving back to Europe at the beginning of August. 

As I was talking to a good friend of mine, she asked me if I was planning to tell anyone about this. Good call. 

On August 3, I am going to step on a plane back to Germany with my cat Otto, my girlfriend Amanda and her cat Lucy. And we are going to spend the rest of the year not coming back. 

Well, I’ll come back a few times as I will continue to work for WDCW, just a bit more remotely.

But otherwise I am planning to spend lots of time finishing my book, growing IdeaMensch, hanging out with my family and friends and feeling perfectly normal about eating ice cream out of cones in nothing but my Speedos, white socks and Birkenstocks. 

This isn’t about leaving America. This is about being back in Europe for a while. It’s crazy to think that I’ve been in America for the last (almost exactly) fourteen years, as I really haven’t aged one bit. 

Not much will change for most of you, other than that our phone conversations will happen at 3am – your time. I’ll still blog here. I’ll still bug you about reading IdeaMensch interviews.  And I’ll definitely keep posting pictures of Otto. He’ll just be wearing his speedo.

If anyone ever tells you that it’s impossible to just pick up and move to a different continent for a while, tell them they’re right and then go do it. 

As my good friend, training partner and not-so-role-model-when-it-comes-to-women Arnold once said to me:

“I’ll be back.” 


  1. Anonymous July 14, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Think we need to get you a nice matching fanny-pack to complete the ensemble.

    Best of luck Mario and if anyone deserves to follow their own path it’s you.

  2. Anonymous July 14, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Evan, fanny packs are totally coming back. Heck, they’re already back. Let me add that to my list of purchases to make before departure. That and Crocs.

  3. Anonymous July 14, 2011 at 5:10 am

    So happy you and Amanda are doing this. You’ll have such an amazing time. A and I both quit our jobs to hang out in Ireland for four months in 2005 doing not much of anything, back when we were young and reckless and didn’t care, period (ha ha). Some of the best times of my life. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures. You’ll be updating your blog here, right?!

  4. Anonymous July 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Connie, absolutely. I’ll keep blogging on here. The best way to get a hold of Amanda is probably to look for her in the commenting section of TMZ. Actually, she might start a blog too.

  5. Anonymous July 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Duuuude, you’re gonna miss Burning Man. I’ll see you when I show up uninvited to sleep on your floor in both Germany and Barcelona.

  6. Anonymous July 21, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Bye Mario! Best of luck to you.

  7. Anonymous July 27, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Mario… I’m still here in Vienna, so if you plan to hop the border, look me up.

  8. Anonymous July 28, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Doug, will definitely let you know. I’ll be in Germany and that will be a quick trip. What are you doing there these days?