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Life Update: Facial hair; work; Seattle plans - The Autobiography of Russell
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Life Update: Facial hair; work; Seattle plans
I'm still alive; mostly. I've been spending most of my time either at work, going to work (I look forward to warmer weather, above freezing, so I can take the motorcycle), surfing the web (I'm way behind on my TechDirt feed), playing games (360 arcade games or archived flash Armor Games), or watching movies or shows (reacquainting myself with my movie collection). I'm currently re-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender (the anime), on Book 3 now.

I have apparently decided to keep my facial hair again, for now. There's not much to it, but I've been trimming it every couple of days or so. On Friday I accidentally nicked a chunk out my moustache, so that got shaved off. There are still the sideburns and goatee, what there is of them anyway. I've seen several people at work with facial hair so I'm pretty sure it's not against the rules.

Speaking of work, they've decided they want me to convert to permanent employee status, even after I told them I plan on moving to Seattle next year. I said I was willing to continue working remotely or to move to their Bellevue office if they'll have me, but that was up to them. Either way it's still at least a full year away. They're working on the employment package now, so by the end of the month I'll probably be signed over.

The plan is to move to Seattle around late Spring or early Summer (by July, basically) in 2012. If pdmorehouse will have me in his house and they have room I may see about getting a room with them, otherwise I'll just have to wait and see. If Ben and I are still together by that point then he has said he's willing to make the move with me. His grandmother is there and he has some other family up that way, so it wouldn't be a total abandonment of family. I expected more resistance to the idea of moving away from his parents and sibling so I was a little stunned when he said yes to the idea.

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marklevoyageur From: marklevoyageur Date: January 24th, 2011 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)
This is a new paradigm for me, one where employees show employers their poker hand – particularly in an “at-will” state like Georgia.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: January 24th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did have a few people who advised against telling them. Ultimately, though, I felt more comfortable simply telling them and letting them decide if it was financially better to leave me as a contractor full time or to take me on as a permanent employee full time.

My brother said that his company had never fired anyone who simply wanted to stay as an hourly contractor.

Other deciding factors were that they really need me for at least another month or two, and right now I'm financially stable enough to go without a job for at least a couple of months while looking for another job (and I have no doubt I would be able to find something in that time or less).

Most of all I believe in being honest and upfront about intentions. It was never my intention to stay in Atlanta for more than 2 or 3 years, but it wasn't until about a month ago that I decided on a reasonable date to move. I don't want to wait any longer than that before starting another stage of my life.
lakeguy From: lakeguy Date: January 24th, 2011 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Just curious is to why you are thinking about moving to Seattle
zimzat From: zimzat Date: January 24th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still love it there. The scenery, the layout of the residential to the businesses, the environment, the perfect summer weather, the 'being green' atitude all around, the greenery embraced rather than bricked or concreted over, ... just an overall feeling of being open.

The house and roommates I stayed with with pdmorehouse certainly helped.
legolastn From: legolastn Date: January 24th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just finished watching the Avatar series for the first time. I found the ending a little underwhelming but overall I really enjoyed the series.

Seattle is great - I'm going there for a conference in March. I know a couple of people there I can connect you with when you make the move if you like.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: January 24th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
The entire series lacks a certain amount of finality when it comes to people being killed. Very few characters end up dead despite how overwhelming an attack may be, yet it's a single lightning bolt strike that "kills" the Avatar. Both sides would have greatly benefited if they had just killed people and been done with it. It is a kids show, though... *shrug* It did live up to its promise of finding an alternate solution to ending the war than simply killing the fire lord, though, and I thought that was a nice touch.

Sure, I could always use a few more connections in the Seattle area. I plan on giving myself a birthday present of spending a week there in July.
legolastn From: legolastn Date: January 24th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
At least it pokes a little fun at itself in regard to the deaths since there's the scene in the episode where the play is recounting their adventures where it says:
"Did ______ just... die?"
"You know, it was really unclear."

You are right, though, when people die off is clearly driven by narrative rather than magnitude of the attack/damage.

I found the testudines ex machina (and the back bump induction of state) to be a bit annoying since I think there were other ways those issues could have been handled, but the actual alternate solution was satisfying. I just wish there was another way he could have figured it out.
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