Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Historic Day - for more than one reason
Yes, history was made as the US elected its first black president yesterday. The funny thing is that I didn't really hear too many people discussing it at work. Everyone was waiting to get word of their retirement or buyout offers which were due to come out today.
I met with my director early in the morning and he handed me the package of papers and we briefly discussed the situation of the company, industry, and what was going on. Obviously not good but the unknowns are what is making people nervous.
On the other hand I can now come out and state that barring some unforeseen reason, not only will I be taking the retirement but I have accepted a job in Colville, Washington. Yup, I will be moving in December. The town is about an hour and 15 minutes from Spokane.
I had begun to get worried about what was happening with Chrysler so I was looking at alternatives. I spotted a job that was posted in the Spokane paper and applied. I received a phone interview and a few weeks later flew out to meet in person. Remember the pictures from Jason's a few weeks ago? That's why I was out there.
Obviously it is a big change for the family; our youngest son will be staying behind to finish his degree. And we are moving away from most of our relatives and of course all our friends, particularly those I've made over the years associated with cycling. It's tough to even think about.
But on the bright side we will be out closer to the grandchildren and the area is near great skiing and mountain bike riding, including an IMBA epic ride, about an hour away just over the border in Canada. About an hour west puts us in the Kettle Crest trails area. It's also less than a half hour to Lake Roosevelt.
In the next few days I'll update the blog with what is going on and include links to some of the area attractions, etc.
But first I've got Iceman this weekend and a whole lot of things to do.