10 Things You May Not Anticipate When Moving From California to East Texas

1. Fireflies – Unlike California, those sparks flying through the evening sky aren’t a threat to light the chaparral or tumbleweeds on fire.

2. Morning Dew – In California, morning dew is associated with the cool air coming off the Pacific Ocean. In East Texas, this morning dew has nothing to do with the cool air coming off the Pacific Ocean, and can exist at 80 degrees or more.

3. Overcast Morning Skies – Kinda like June Gloom, but again, at 80 degrees or more. Also, without those mountains, finds it’s way 250 miles inland.

4. Ya’ll – When “you guys” get replaced by “ya’ll” it takes a bit of time getting used to.

5. BBQ Brisket Tacos – Yes, there can be a better taco, and I found it in East Texas. If this post gets to 50 comments, I will let “ya’ll” know where you can get them at.

6. Wasps – Yes, California has wasps, but it seems that these little guys join us just about every time we are barbequing (so cliché) outside in East Texas. If you have ever been stung by one, you would have a proper respect and understanding of these creatures.

7. Rain Only Associated with Lightning and Thunder – In California, it generally rains without lightning and thunder. In East Texas, I’m pretty sure that never happens. Oh, and when it rains, it’s likely to drop 2 inches in less than an hour.

8. Cheaper Gas – You understand that gas will be cheaper in Texas than in California. What you may not realize is that gas in East Texas is generally cheaper than the rest of Texas.

9. Turtles – Let’s just say, they’re everywhere.

10. The Trashman – Probably the best of all, the trashman will get out of his truck and pick up the garbage I place outside of the overflowing can.

East Texas Pines

Warmer weather is here!

Its early May in California and its starting to feel a bit like summer. California is well known for its temperate climate, but what makes Southern California unique is that the sudden elevation changes allow those that are here to adjust our climate.

Within a 50 mile radius of my house I can see 3 different climates with multiple micro-climates in between them. From my experience, California is a unique place. If anyone has any questions about travel activities in Southern California, feel free to email me a JoshOlney@gmail.com

Becoming an accountant

Career choices can be challenging.  I was faced with this challenge some years ago.  After considering many different ideas, I decided to be an accountant.

I knew that I wanted to do something in business from an early age.  After graduating high school I took a few classes at the local community college, but I quickly learned I wasn’t yet ready for college.

A few years passed along with a few different jobs.  I tried my hand at retail, window washing, construction, and automotive parts.  Although each job offered a great learning experience, none of them were the career I was looking for.

One day while having a conversation with my manager at that time, I told him that I was thinking about going to school for business.  He suggested that I should look into getting a degree in accounting.

After that conversation, a recent experience attempting to complete a tax return by hand and a little research, I came to a decision.  I found a rewarding career that I felt could help others.

The next 5 1/2 years were a challenging time for me.  Most of the time I worked full time while attending school at night.  I didn’t have much free time in my life, and during my fourth year of school, I somehow fit a wedding and a honeymoon into my spring break.

During my last year of school, I went on multiple interviews to find my job.  My focus was public accounting.  In my opinion, public accounting was the pinnacle of accounting. It was the specific job that the accounting classes best prepared me for.

Along with getting a couple of internships before I graduated, I was able to land a job at a well respected public accounting firm in my community.  I was scheduled to start right after school.

Graduation came and went.  With it, I had accomplished the toughest challenge of my life.  It was an accomplishment that I never imagined myself capable of and yet it felt like it came and went with relative ease.

I began working about three weeks after graduation.  In between graduating and starting work, my wife Danielle and I had our first child, Caitlyn.

I spent the next few years learning accounting and learning to be father.  They both had their challenges, but I could say that each may have prepared me for the other.

A few years has passed since that time and life has grown a bit more calm.  A new house, another baby, a CPA license and memories that will last forever.  If I had to do it all over, I wouldn’t change a thing.  I have a career that I enjoy and a wonderful family that I love.  If I had any advice to give, it would be to pick a career first then focus on the path that will get you there.  For me, it was becoming an accountant.

The Olney Family

Barack Obama wins?

It appears that Barack Obama just won the election according to Fox News….but wait. Karl Rove is now changing the tone about Ohio. Changing the channel to MSNBC and Obama is proclaimed the winner. I think Romney would have to flop a pair of aces to take the win in this election. It could be interesting. Hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be recounts like 2000.

Sunset 101

Traveling around Southern California is not always exciting or glorious, so sometimes I have to find something positive about it. Today it was a beautiful sunset in “The Valley” while driving down the 101 freeway towards Ventura. Along with the sunset, some might find the fact that traffic was flowing out of L.A. on a Friday evening to be a miracle in its own right.

The 3 Jeeps