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Good news... kinda. [Aug. 15th, 2007|09:31 pm]
John
So... I think that, next Wednesday, there's a really good chance I'll be offered a job.

Why is this only "kinda" good news?

The job looks good, they were promising flexible time, when they heard I want to go back to school in a year, they were throwing out suggestions for how it could work out ("you could take daytime classes and work at night"). The job is honorable - it's a company providing a valuable software service, and my part will be helping convert data, and other duties as required. It's a small company, it's doing very well, and it could be very rewarding financially.

It sounds like it might even be a kind of job where I could buy wireless internet - there's a provider promising 1.5megabit speeds all along the road from Seattle to Albany - and work on the train while traveling to visit kightp.

So, why is it only kinda-good?

Well... Oregon State University needs a well rounded geek as well. If I got a job offer there, I was going to move in with Pat. I was also planning to move in, temporarily (at least) at the end of this month, due to issues regarding my apartment (including the hell mouth, dimensional portals, peeling paint, dampness, battles for the fate of the universe - do you know how hard it is to sleep through one of those, even when it doesn't directly involve you?), and hey, free rent while on unemployment.

But OSU hasn't so much as scheduled interviews yet.

And part of me likes the potential of this job, while part of me is freaked out about a lost opportunity.

So, I'm trying to play it by assuming that whatever happens happens for the best, and seeing where it takes me.
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[User Picture]From: kightp
2007-08-16 06:31 am (UTC)
Yep, this is me playing it by ear, too.

Ambivalence R. Us.

We'll survive. (-:
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[User Picture]From: pernishus
2007-08-16 09:56 am (UTC)
Keeping all crossable elements of my current physical structure in the appropriate positions for the duration -- for BOTH of you...
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[User Picture]From: droops
2007-08-16 12:52 pm (UTC)
Even if it's only kinda-good, will think good job thoughts for you.
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[User Picture]From: tigerbright
2007-08-16 12:55 pm (UTC)
Damn, what an awfully hard decision to make. I wish I had advice for you, but I offer hugs.
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[User Picture]From: erin_c_1978
2007-08-16 01:57 pm (UTC)
Yikes, that's a tough one. Thinking good thoughts for you.
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[User Picture]From: ztrooper
2007-08-16 02:48 pm (UTC)
Man did you throw me there at the end, saying OSU... I got really excited for a bit.. but...

you know.. I was talking set theory and orders of infinities with a friend last night, and you immediately came to mind. "I bet John would understand all this so much better than I do... " 8)

*hug*
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[User Picture]From: essaying
2007-08-16 03:52 pm (UTC)
Take the job and continue to pursue the OSU job. If you get them both, well, your karma can withstand a bit of a hit.
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[User Picture]From: elusis
2007-08-17 03:47 am (UTC)
Seconded.
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[User Picture]From: wyang
2007-08-16 07:34 pm (UTC)

And behind Curtain #2....

In terms of the apartment and the portals to the deepest levels of Hell, demon gates, multiversal nexuses (nexi?) and your close proximity to battles for the fate of the Universe...

I've been thinking about it, and I'm starting to think you should get rid of that crystal skull and dagger from the ancient Aztec ruins, the planatir collection from the guy in the bathrobes, and those rings from the short guy with the hairy feet -- Wasn't his name Frood? He was a pretty cool dude...

But, seriously, I've just got a bad feeling about them... and I bet you do it with EBay. I think there's a buyer that goes by the handle CuriousNotions. If you can't sell it online, just pack it in checked luggage and fly through Chicago on United. ;-)

-=-=-=-

More seriously...

If the far-left OSU is anything like *THE* OSU, hire processes take a fair amount of time. I don't know anything about the specific posting you were looking at, but they probably have minimum posting windows in the 4 to 6 week window, and they can't schedule interviews until after the window closes....

Your 'play it as it comes' plan sounds pretty smart to me.

-Bill
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[User Picture]From: kightp
2007-08-16 11:34 pm (UTC)

Re: And behind Curtain #2....

The position closed at the end of last month; a source in the department tells me that they're reviewing applications and hope to schedule interviews "soon" - but vacations among screening committee members have slowed them down.

In other words, SOP for a university campus during the summer. )-:
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[User Picture]From: zanawake
2007-08-17 12:45 am (UTC)
Good luck!
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