where the heck is mario

This blog post really can’t be called anything else, since I have done such a poor job of keeping my blog updated, answering my phone or even responding to emails. So hopefully I can do a better job moving forward but not before recapping what I have been up to.

A trip to Texas
Two weeks ago I traveled to Dallas,  Texas to visit my buddy Jerry’s daughter and his future son in law. Lots of bbq, line-dancing, blue skies, golf and giant bugs. There’s something very unique about Texas, but Dallas is probably not a place where I could ever live. Thank you for making this happen Jerry – and happy birthday.

A move back to Los Angeles
While talking about places where I’d ever thought I’d be living (again), I will make the move back to the city of Angels next year where I will help start a digital marketing agency. More on that later.

Some time in Montana
Right now, I am sitting in the living room next to my host dad on a ranch in Hamilton, Montana. My first home in the US.  I arrived in Montana on Wednesday night, gave a couple of presentations to University students on Thursday and then attended board meetings on Friday. It’s been a great trip with lots of good friends, good food (Venison Steaks anyone?) and some unbelievable hospitality. Thank you Vick, Jean, Russ, Alexis, Greg, Jesse, John and Diane. Montana is a very special place.

A few other things

  • Life without a cell phone is interesting. It’s not bad when I am in Portland but the whole, pay-by-the-minute concept” hurts the frugal German in me. Poor Jen. When is the next iPhone coming out?
  • Jen and I will spend Thanksgiving with her family and then head to the coast next weekend with Ryan and Jeana. That should be a lot of fun.
  • Schalke won. The Griz beat up on the Bobcats and Greg Oden is the real deal. Life is good. Here’s to more regular blog entries next week.


  1. Anonymous November 24, 2008 at 2:43 am

    Wait a minute! Who invited Jeana to the coast?!

  2. Anonymous November 25, 2008 at 6:00 am

    Yeah son, Go Griz.

  3. Anonymous November 28, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    I think “A Digital Marketing Agency” is an excellent name for a burrito cart.

    I’m so happy you’re pursuing our dream… If only I had the courage!

    Good luck. Not that you need it, as luck is the product of hard work and smarts!