In the spring and fall, Cedar Rapids in Iowa is a beautiful city.
A big river runs through the heart of downtown.
And in the middle of this river there is a small island.
On the island there is a courthouse and a little park.
It looks like this:
Back in 2004 I was walking laps round this island. I was stressed out.
I had to decide if I was going to move to Iowa.
And I only had a few hours to think it over.
(If you missed the previous story that lead me to this moment, here it is.)
Earlier that day I had a meeting with the CEO of a big baseball company.
He asked me to move to Iowa to start a video focused website.
This was before YouTube existed. Video on the internet wasn't common.
And I wasn't sure what to do.
Iowa was different than any place I had been.
And I didn't know a single person for a thousand miles.
The whole idea was scary.
So as I walked around the island in the middle of the river in Cedar Rapids, I decided I would say no.
Then I went back to the hotel got ready for dinner with the CEO Jerry.
I met him and his wife at a restaurant.
And as soon as I sat down he started talking about how awesome the website was going to be.
He was excited and it was infectious.
Within five minutes I changed my mind. I agreed to move to Iowa.
But I didn't have the slightest clue about what an adventure I was about to go on.
I'll explain in the next post.
Rick @ PosterBurner