When Dining, Be More Pacific!

Be More Pacific Kitchen and Bar Food
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Reading the title, one is likely to assume that I’ve not used spellcheck or Grammarly. While it’s likely and highly possible, that’s not the case this day.

In fact, I had never heard of Be More Pacific until I was invited to lunch by another friend and brother, Youtuber Chris Massie.

It had been a while since we last caught up, and Chris thought it to be a great idea to catch and shoot his next episode in the series “Best Filipino Food in Austin…” And what a time we had too!

Drive Like Your Kids Live Here Making It Safe For All

Slow Down Kids Playing
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Having lived in the same neighborhood for a little over a decade, I’ve had the pleasure of watching a developed neighborhood of original or second homeowners age transfer ownership to newly married couples or early-stage families of little ones.

When my wife and I moved in, we were the only young couple for about 3 years until others started making their way into one of the hottest areas and real estate markets in Northwest Austin.

While I never paid much attention to the traffic patterns when we first moved in, that all changed when we brought home our oldest child, and certainly changed when he was a bit more mobile and could play in the front yard.

As with many things in life, you likely don’t notice certain things in life until it becomes apart of your journey. I never paid attention to how fast cars would make their way through the neighborhood.

But with three kiddos under the age of 6, what I once never considered is now a critical thought pattern of my life to protect not only my kids, but our village of children now spread across 10 households.

I was reminded of this as familiar red and white signage pops up in yards covering a 1-mile radius of where we live.

Into The Spider Verse On The Big Screen Christmas

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Life is funny, to say the least. Prior to being married and having kids, my wife and I could tell you the latest movies to hit the big screen. We were frequent movie goers always game for a weekly date night at the movies.

Fast forward eight almost nine years into marriage with 3 kiddos in tow, and trying to make it to the movies is a modern day circus. And don’t ask what movie we’re going to view, because we all know its going to be rate G for our little people’s eyes and ears.

Speaking of little people, our oldest son has his eyes on counting down to his birthday now that we’re well inside of 60 days and counting.

He’s come to life in the last few days realizing his birthday is on the way. Although he doesn’t ask for much, his desire this year is to have a movie date with friends from soccer and school.

Foundation Communities Uses Multi-Domains to Promote Marketplace Health Insurance

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It’s hard to believe that November is here and less than 60 days until the end of the year. Today kicks off open enrollment for marketplace health insurance.

With a new year around the corner, you’ll have roughly 45 days to take advantage of establishing coverage or switch plans for the upcoming year.

I was reminded tis’ the season for marketplace health insurance as I stopped for Rudy’s sweet tea on my way to an afternoon meeting.

Keeping Cool with Austin Sun Shades

Sunshades Window Tinting in Austin, Texas
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Well, it’s been one of those kind of weeks for the House of Brown. Everything is good, yet the journey to arrive a good a bit challenging and rewarding in the same breath.

Austin has certainly has its fair share of rain this week, seeing the Texas Highland Lakes all reach or surpass flood stage.

I can stand the rain, I’m not much of a fan for it being cold and wet. Temperatures dropped earlier this week to mid 40’s, and I know this because my daily driver — 1977 Caprice Classic — let me know by not starting.

While I love her and drive her daily, I had to seriously consider the value in having a reliable vehicle that’ll start rain, sun, sleet or snow.

theCoderSchool Arrives in Austin to teach coding and change the world

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In the last decade or so, coding is fast becoming a necessary skill for the kids of today to make their way and mark within the world.

Although known as the “Mecca of Music” throughout the world, Austin has stealthily become a hot-bed for all things tech — with companies like WeWork, Indeed, Google, Facebook, TechRanch, CapitalFactory, and more calling Austin home each day.

Mix music and tech with one of the largest universities in the world where what starts here changes the world — The University of Texas at Austin, it was not surprising when I stumbled upon a poster promoting the grand opening of theCoderSchool while in search of Rudy’s breakfast tacos.

Showing Austin Businesses “ATX Love”

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Since I first experienced Austin almost 20 years ago via Texas Relays Weekend, Austin has transformed from a sleepy-hollow, college boomtown all about music and University of Texas Sports to a sprawling metropolis of weird, music, sports and tech.

While there are many things that could be represent Austin, one of the things I truly love about Austin is its plethora of local businesses throughout the city.

From food trucks to holes in the wall eateries, one doesn’t have to go far in Austin to get a true taste of Austin.

In fact, while eating at ThunderCloud Subs — local Austin sub sandwich shop founded in 1975, I stumbled upon a vibrant poster touting ATX’s love for brisket, lean brisket at that! 😉

Grass Roots Music Community Sportin’ .COOP

New Music Co-op's Bound Together in Austin, Texas
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While grabbing a bite to eat with a partner, catching up on business and personal updates, yesterday, I stumbled upon an interesting domain sighting for an Austin-based organization dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding new music since 2001.

This renown non-profit organization’s, New Music Co-op, poster likely wouldn’t have caught my eye as not much stuck out about it to me except for their domain using the .coop extension.

For real, I thought their poster was a a domain typo, having not known .coop is a bonafide domain extension. 🤔

Austin Startup Community in Full Force Next Week

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A few hours ago, I received the “last call” email for what is sure to be a jam-packed week of events showing the Austin Startup Community: AustinStartupWeek.com.

Going into its 8th year, Austin is rolling out its red carpet to locals and visitors interested in its booming startup scene.