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Putting the Cart Before the Horse

To follow up on my last post (Life Update #1), there have been a lot of questions about when I will be moving. To clear up any confusion, here’s a couple points:

- I have committed to staying in my current position in Las Vegas through our Annual Dinner (Jan. 17)
- My hope is to stay with my current organization, but simply transfer to an open position in Washington, DC
- So that means that my timetable is flexible due to when certain positions become open
- If there isn’t an internal move that has come up by about March 1, then I will begin to look outside the organization
- My plan is to not sign another lease to live in Las Vegas, which expires on May 15

I have learned a lot since I made this decision, and from when I made it public. First is that I have some truly amazing friends. In this time of Thanksgiving, I just wanted to say ‘Thank You’. While a majority of people expressed they wanted me to stay in Las Vegas, I believe most of them understand that I need to do what is best for my career right now. Who knows, this whole thing could backfire and I could end up back here in Las Vegas.

Second is that I will miss Las Vegas; the city, the food, the people, and my family. That’s why I have already worked out travel plans to come back at least 4 times in 2013 if I make the move. So my hope is to leave, but still come back.

Third, this is going to be incredibly difficult to find a job; that is why I need help. If you know anyone in the DC area with connections to Capitol Hill, Think Tanks, or any other political organizations, please let me know. I would love to network and hopefully have some informational interviews lined up if I need to.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!





Life Update #1

First, I would like to apologize. I know I said on October 9 that I was taking a week off, and well I have kind of fallen off the face of the earth since then. I promise there is a good reason, and I will explain in the following post.

I have been going through a bit of a mid-20′s crisis lately. The decision of whether or not to leave Las Vegas has been at the forefront of this struggle. Las Vegas is where I was born and raised, where all my family and friends are, and home of the Runnin’ Rebels. I have had tremendous opportunities to travel around the world, but unfortunately there is limited opportunity in Las Vegas in the fields of policy-making, government affairs, etc. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that I could stay in Las Vegas, become very successful, and be happy. There would however always be that question inside of “what if I moved somewhere else…”

Within the last month, I have decided that I need to take a chance, move to Washington D.C., and see once and for all if it is for me. This will be a big change in my life, but one that I am already excited about. Not excited about leaving my friends and family, but excited about pursuing new opportunities and personal growth.

Don’t worry, I’m not leaving JUST yet. I’ve committed to my current boss that I will stay through our Annual Dinner on Jan. 17, but I will seriously begin looking for new opportunities roughly on the 1st of the year. The reason I wanted to take this time to let everyone know is because this is part of the new direction of both the blog and my life. I plan to actually post some life-updates and let you know a little more about me than just what I do and do not like to eat.

Well I think this is enough news to share in one post, but my goal is to get back in the habit of writing here. I know I have great readers, and I do not want to disappoint.

Until next time,



A Week Off

Welcome back to the site. I didn’t forget about you all in the last week, but I took some time to really think about how to take the site to the next level. I conducted a couple of informal focus groups (mostly over a couple of beers), and I tried to hone in on what the essence of this site needs to be to better serve you, the readers.

I have come to realize that I can’t write about just food. Number one, it isn’t good for my waistline. Number two, it is kind of boring. So I’ve decided that I will be branching out from just food and entertainment reviews into some uncharted waters. I know you have been with me since the beginning of this site, but I ask for a little more patience as I fine tune the future direction.

If you have an idea for something that would be good for me to write about, I am always accepting ideas at: david@davidrap.com . Don’t worry, all suggestions are confidential (unless you want some credit).

Looking ahead for the next week or so: Thursday I’ve got a review coming of this past weekend’s Grapes & Hops Festival, and coming next Tuesday will be a review post of the upcoming UNLV v. UNR Tailgate. I know many of you may not remember it, so my hope it to document as much of it as possible for you to read on Tuesday.