Looks like Jen will be heading out to California to pay a visit to her company’s office there in a couple weeks. If things go well, they could very well end up making her an offer to come out and work at that office at some point soon. The great part about it is that it would not only allow her to have a Monday through Friday job, but it would also allow her to focus on a part of the business that is different from what she is used to. We have both always wanted to live in the San Francisco area, which is awesome too. For me, its just a bit frightening to think about moving everything across the country, but I am excited at the opportunity none-the-less. There is something very exciting about going somewhere where everything is absolutely new and fresh, so overall, I am looking forward to what could happen.
Things I need to do to better prepare for this:
•Become more familiar with the local geography and surrounding towns.
•Research good moving companies to get estimates with.
•Look at options for my car; Will I need to sell it? Would it pass Cali emissions if I were to have it shipped?
•Try to best estimate the costs of the move.
•Get estimates on “whole package” of living expenses (i.e. gas, electric, phone, cable, water, car insurance)
If anyone happens to know about this stuff, please feel free to let me know.
Last Thursday night, I did a tour of the Austin bar scene with the Los Angeles and Austin women’s roller-derby leagues. I was a guest of one of Jen’s old high school friends that happens to be a founding member of the Texas contingent. All I have to say is that those girls are maniacs; One of the LA Gals was arm-wrestling dudes in the bars and just tossing them around like they were nothing. Very cool. I paid the price the next day though after only getting a few hours of sleep.
I finished “The Success of Open Source” on the plane ride home the other night. It was, in my opinion, a great book because it offered the most consolidated view of the history, development and future opportunities for open source software that I have ever seen. Typically, one needs to read a great number of techie publications to stay up to speed with the phenomenon, but he (the author) has succeeded in bringing together all of the facts from the early days of Unix through the current day. Perhaps the most interesting part is when he details how the major technology companies have first flirted with and then later embraced open-source software.
Today, I polished off Michael Chabon’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh on yet another ridiculously long plane-ride out here. I never thought that I would say that I was looking forward to getting a project in Cleveland so that my flights won’t be as long. 🙂 In any event…what a great book!
What else? I’m exhausted….there’s a tornado on the loose out here in Texas, and there are volcanoes getting ready to erupt in Washington. Time for bed.