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Oct. 31st, 2006 @ 10:49 pm November Surprise
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I've been doing contract work for a new company for a little less then 6 months now. Great pay, good company, and enjoyable work.

The offered me a permanent position, we came to terms and I'll be starting next Monday as the Sr System Administrator for Build Services in Phoenix with Ebay.

Good pay, good people, I've enjoyed the work for 6 months and will be basically continuing the same job, but best of all - Benefits!

Insurance
Vacation
Sick Days
Holidays
Bonus
Stock Options
Free Soda Machine (and coffee and tea)
and I won't have to go looking for a new contract every 6-12 months!

Sunday night they will fly me out to San Jose, California (company headquarters) for orientation and training. I'll be there until Thursday catch an evening flight home and run up to Flagstaff to bring Herself, That Beagle, and The Cute Belle Dog down for a agility trial on Friday. (This is why I'm not planning on working out Friday) I'll be staying at a nice hotel, which is supposed to have a full exercise room, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to keep my workouts going while I'm there. (BTW - hotel gym fees are reimbursable expenses!)

The other days off I'll be taking are Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday when I do the same traveling dog show routine for a show in Buckeye (SW Phoenix for those that don't know it).

Funny thing, the Buckeye show used to be held in Paradise Valley Park, about 20 minutes from where I am now, and was one of the reasons I picked this place. Murphy had to step in and get them to move the show though, in Buckeye it's about an hour away :P

Oh well that's life!
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From:ferragus
Date:November 1st, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:azang
Date:November 1st, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
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Major congrats on the job!
You're going to Buckeye on friday? Not Westworld?
Son#2 is boxloading for sister#1 the whole weekend there (flyball.)
Angela
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From:ferragus
Date:November 1st, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
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Friday after Thanksgiving, there's a dog show at Empty Acres and we'll be there for most of it.

That's right there's an agility trial there this weekend, isn't there? I wasn't planning on going (we're not entered), but maybe a visit would be possible.

Thanks!
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From:azang
Date:November 1st, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
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That's cool.
There is a huge dog event at West World. I heard on the news that it started today. My sister & Son#2 will be there fri, sat and sun doing flyball. I think they're doing everything there; flyball, agility, dock diving, etc. If you find yourself there this weekend, their team is the Sedona Red Rockets .
Congrats again on the job, that's great!
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From:monissaw
Date:November 1st, 2006 07:48 am (UTC)
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Yah, Tom
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From:ferragus
Date:November 1st, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:mevennen
Date:November 1st, 2006 09:01 am (UTC)
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Excellent!
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From:ferragus
Date:November 1st, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
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Yeah I'm really excited. I can start planning on that trip to the UK I had to cancel in 2005 when I was uprooted from a previous job.

Think I can get Scotland to host another Worldcon just for me?
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From:suricattus
Date:November 1st, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)
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Job yay!
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From:suricattus
Date:November 1st, 2006 11:26 am (UTC)
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P.S. now we just have to work on finding that underground, protected-from-the-sun bunker....
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From:ferragus
Date:November 1st, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Digging has begun!

This also means I can plan on going to Lunacon next year!

Yay! (runs off to book a room/suite/floor)
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From:suricattus
Date:November 1st, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)

Lunacon....

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and maybe time for a stop-off in New Haven? *pleading meerkat eyes* You haven't yet seen the new Cabinet o' Single Malts....

I'll start working Himself up to the whole concept of sun block, then. *grin*
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From:wood_dragon
Date:November 1st, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations!
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From:ferragus
Date:November 1st, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
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Danke!
The snoopy dance is very appropriate, I'd told the guys in the office I was holding off on doing that until things were certain.
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From:wood_dragon
Date:November 1st, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
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I've been doing a quiet Snoopy dance regarding my upcoming job change. It will be a more overt one come December 4th. :-)
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From:klingonguy
Date:November 1st, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)
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See? It all worked out! Yay for you!
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From:ferragus
Date:November 1st, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Sure did! With Bene's I'll be able to start seeing folks again (and not have to work 12 hours days leading up to it so I can take the time off).

Lunacon 50 here I come!
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From:dptwisted
Date:November 1st, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Nice! Long way from working 80 hour weeks for a government contractor, eh?
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From:ferragus
Date:November 1st, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, the company is very good about OT in general, it's there, it happens, that's the nature of working on computers. But it's not like the last job, where I was looking at 60 hours weeks and glad for the break!

When you guys gonna come out for a visit? Winter is a great time in AZ.
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From:dptwisted
Date:November 2nd, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
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bridgit is in school, so winters are pretty much impossible for visits.
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From:quarkwiz
Date:November 1st, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
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YAY, congratulations! Yeah, benefits rock. :-)
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From:ferragus
Date:November 1st, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, one of the big bene's is that I'll be able to start going to East Coast Cons again (well at least Lunacon and maybe Philcon next year).

Might even branch out though, and check out some of the Boston area con's I've heard so much about.

Just booked my rooms for Lunacon though, so that's all but a sure thing.