Announcement: The Feders Are Moving To Portland

I keep reading the title of this post and have a hard time believing I typed it. It’s true, we are moving to Portland, OR.

Karen has accepted an amazing opportunity as the Search Manager for WebTrends. I am so proud of her and am being as supportive as possible.

We’ll be moving in a few weeks, and she will be starting on October 17. Did I mention I’ll be traveling for work the entire week we are moving?

This decision did not come lightly. There have been many tears shed and heated arguments as to what we should do. But in the end, Karen taking this position is the right decision. I’m sad we will be moving away from our friends and family.

As many of you know, one of my main priorities in life is the family cabin up North. Giving up the ability to go up to this place of serenity as often as I want in the summer is so difficult, words escape me. I know how devastated you are that you won’t be seeing new pictures of me water skiing every weekend. Trust me, I’m even more devastated that I won’t be going water skiing nearly as often.

As far as my job goes, this won’t affect my position with High Gear Media in anyway. In fact, one of our editors lives in Portland. It’ll be great to be able to collaborate with him.

I know many of you are wondering what will happen to this blog, as it is called Accelerate Mpls. I’ve been giving it some thought and have yet to really determine what I will do with the name. For the current moment as we are in the midst of the move, I am going to leave the name alone.

This blog started as an outlet for my automotive passion, quickly turning into a site where I could post automotive news and reviews. Since I joined High Gear Media, a lot of the content I now write is posted for work on our network. That leaves this site for some reviews and other personal stuff. I decided before my wedding that this site would evolve, and I believe this move is going to be the catalyst for the evolution. I will still post reviews, and random stuff, but I would like to see it morph to be more about me, my life with cars, and cars. You know, instead of just being about cars.

Portland is going to be a whole new adventure, and I can’t wait to experience it with Karen and Otto. Stay tuned for more updates, as I will try to provide plenty.

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8 Responses to “Announcement: The Feders Are Moving To Portland”

  1. Hey, it’s not so bad!!! Portland is AWESOME and this coast doesn’t suck as much as your trepidation makes it sound. In case you couldn’t tell, I’m a westie native. When you two get back we’ll have to arrange a get-together, as the hubbie and I will be only a 90 min flight away. Perhaps meet in San Jose?
    There’s lots of mountaneous regions for off-roading and adventuring, lakes and rivers for waterskiing and other adventures, and a whole ocean for perusing.
    Adventures like this are nervous, but I think they make us more rounded human beings. You’ll meet a new group of people and your family/friends will be a Facebook post away (and with frequent flier miles it’s not a difficult journey).
    Buck up and welcome to the ride!

    09/23/2011 at 10:26 am Reply
  2. Congratulations Joel and Karen. Way to support each other with this very tough decision. Trust me I know what you went through to get to this decision. Have fun and make it an adventure. It is not the end all be all, it is the journey of life. Plus you have Jared Roy out there! Have fun you crazy kids!

    09/23/2011 at 11:20 am Reply
  3. Joel and Karen,

    Looking forward to having you in “Portlandia”. Let us know if we can help get you settled in. What are cousins for?

    I consulted for Webtrends years ago and still have many friends there. It’s a great company. It won’t take long to develop web feet, walk in the rain without an umbrella, cheer for a soccer team with a mascot who carries a chainsaw and help keep Portland weird.

    09/23/2011 at 4:13 pm Reply
  4. Congrats!
    So is the site’s name going to change? 😉
    All the luck to both of you!

    09/23/2011 at 4:55 pm Reply
  5. Joel — Just catching up on my reading so sorry for the belated CONGRATS to Karen, and to you too for the move.

    WebTrends — Pretty nice company (and nice products). I’m sure she’ll have fun.


    09/27/2011 at 11:12 am Reply
  6. Joel + Karen,

    Congrats on the move. I’m sure it’ll be an amazing experience.

    Joel, I tip my hat to you as a trusted colleague and friend in the MPLS market. If you need anything from me, let me know.

    Good luck on your journey!


    09/27/2011 at 6:46 pm Reply
  7. Kim #

    I miss you already!!!! I hope you two make the best out of this journey and enjoy yourselves!

    09/29/2011 at 6:22 pm Reply


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