Go Midwest, Young Man!
I think I'm done bouncing around now, though: As you may or may not already know, I've started working for the Mozilla Corporation—I've got a username and everything! I'm a little overwhelmed at the moment by changes and drinking from a new firehose, so my enthusiasm may not yet be readily apparent. But, remember that I'm a complete web geek—and it's hard to get closer to web geekery than this.
But, one of the nicest things about this new Mozilla gig is that I'm going to start telecommuting. And the reason that's nice is because—and here's the next big thing—my wife and I have bought a beautiful house in Livonia, Michigan, and we're moving back to the Midwest in a month and some change.
Why? Because, after almost two years out here in the valley, we've discovered that being away from family and old friends while trying to make new friends and adjust to a very different locale was a lot harder than first imagined. And, well, it would've been much longer than we'd've liked before we could have afforded a house at all—let alone something anything like what we'll be enjoying back in Michigan.
The thing is, though, I've still got a lot of love for the Bay Area and its goings on—I've been pining for this place since at least the age of eight, after all. And, we have made a few good friends out here, despite the difficulties we've experienced.
So luckily, this Mozilla gig looks like the ideal thing. I'm hoping it will ensure regular return visits to enjoy SuperHappyDevHouses, the scent of star jasmine in the summer, and amazing cloudless skies lasting for days.
But, on the other hand—although I'm certainly not relishing the thought of readjusting to cold, clouds, and snow in a few months—I'm getting excited about the prospects of being back in southeastern Michigan. Our house will be pretty close to both Ann Arbor and Detroit, and it seems like some interesting things have started warming up since we left. Also, I suspect (and hope) we'll discover a lot of friends and like-minded associates in short order upon our return.
Lots of change. Very busy. Not a little exciting. But, I'm hopeful that things are going to get a lot better very soon.
Welcome back to the Midwest! Like you, I telecommute from Michigan to California (Powerset), and I travel to CA about once a month. It's a good life.
Good luck with the move! Sadly Wayne State has now dropped hockey, so I don't have a ready-made excuse to be in Michigan so I can buy you a beer. :(
Looking forward to your triumphant return
Cute house! I wish we'd gotten to know each other better when you were here. But I guess we'll always have The Internet. Oh - and what are you up to at MoCo?
Congrats on the new place, new job, and return to the Mitten! George and I will have to get you to the Corner Brewery in Ypsi, when you get back and come up for air!
On the one hand, I'm sorry to see you go. On the other hand, I'll probably see you as often now as I have in the past. ;-) Congratulations on the new job and the new home!
congratulations on the new new gig and new home.
Congrats on the job and move. I'm back in toledo for a few days myself. It's a little tempting to follow in your footsteps some days...
Wow, heading back to the homestead. At least I won't be the only cold one in the winter anymore!
Congrats! I miss Michigan sometimes and would probably do the same thing you are if the chance came along!
Nice looking house too!
Welcome back, ya' old canole head.