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Old 04-08-08, 08:13 PM   #1
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Good news and bad news...

Good news: I got a job! Not one of the desultory part-time low wage McJobs I've had to settle for in this grim economy, but a position, admittedly only on a temp/contract basis, in my field that pays actual money. Starts beginning of May. Hence, more money for bike stuff.

Believe me, I'd about given up on ever working in the field (Instructional Design) again.

Bad news: it'll be a 40 mile (each way) cross town commute. Hence, less time for bike rides, especially the weeknight club rides that make up so much of my time on the bike.

What I might do is take the bike there 2 or 3 days a week, and instead of fighting the evening rush hour traffic, do an hour or so on the bike before heading home. There is a nice parkway nearby.

There's also a Wed. night club ride near there, a pretty fast one. Whether I'll want to ride hammer and tongs for 2+ hours after a day at work, and not get home till around 10pm -- we shall see.

On another note: pleased to report that my semi-regular Tour de Trainer stages w/heart monitor seem to have paid off in spite of slacking lately. Did a 25+ mile club ride at a brisk pace on my fixie last night. Did not get dropped. And could still walk today!

Ibuprofen helped, no doubt.
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Old 04-08-08, 08:23 PM   #2
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Congrats on the job. I thought no one in Detroit actually worked these days.
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Congrats on gainful employment!
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Congratulations!!! Bike stuff!! Wheee!
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Congrats on a good job in your field, esp in a down economy.
I had to give up on high-tech electronics in 2003 (after 27 yrs), but my second career is looking somewhat more hopeful.
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Great. Now what the heck is instructional design?
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What I might do is take the bike there 2 or 3 days a week, and instead of fighting the evening rush hour traffic, do an hour or so on the bike before heading home. There is a nice parkway nearby.
Congratulations on the new job.

Your plan sounds like a good one. I often leave work a little early to catch a couple nearby club rides and then do the commute home when their isn't as much traffic.
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Congratulations! Is it for a set term or open ended? I know of some people who have done contract work for the same person for years. It's like a normal job without benefits, but for more money!
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Uplifting post. Glad things are working out. Your plan to take the bike with you a few days a week makes perfect sense.
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Congratulations! Is it for a set term or open ended? I know of some people who have done contract work for the same person for years. It's like a normal job without benefits, but for more money!
It's supposedly a 26 week project. Could be more or less.

As for bennies, I married mine. Teacher (now retired), good health coverage!

The cynic in me thinks that the reason things are opening up is that so many of my peers have either left the field, left the state, or both. I personally know of two, and have heard anecdotally of many more.

Nearly as good as income, it gives me current experience to add to my resume.

Oh, and just ordered some "odds and ends" from Nashbar and Biketools Etc.
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Good show. I have always enjoyed working in instructional design projects. I managed a small ID group for a few years a long time ago. Those projects always have interesting challenges and can be quite rewarding when it goes well.
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