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Old 03-26-09, 09:08 AM   #1
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Moving to Denver!

Hey all,

I'm very excited. My g/f has been given a great opportunity to pursue her PhD at CU Denver/Anschutz in Reproductive Sciences.

I might also be pursuing my MA at U Denver and CU Denver.

Anyway, I'm very excited to be moving to Denver from Detroit. I love cycling, climbing, and snowboarding. My two main bikes are road and a fixed/ss project build.

So, what's the job market like? My professional experience has been in IT (Help Desk/Sys Admin), but I have a lot of bike shop experience (having worked at REI for a few years now). I'd be happy to forward a resume/CV to anyone who might be interested in helping.

I'm sure I'll think of more questions, but I'm still geeked about it.

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How exciting! You'll love it. I relocated to Denver from the Midwest (Mpls, MN) myself this past fall. When are you making your move?

I haven't gotten a good grip on what the industry is like out here- however, I work South of Denver in the Denver Tech Center (located in Greenwood Village, CO- kind of the downtown away from downtown), so keep this area on your map if you're looking for IT jobs.

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We're looking to move in late July.

I'll check out the Tech Center. I would need an entry level Sys Admin type position, but I have a lot of experience.
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I've heard IT is tough, but there are plenty of bike shops plus REI's flagship store.
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Congratulations. I came to Denver for my Ph.D. and never left. It is the best place I have ever lived.

The job market here is better than most, but still tough. I work for an east-coast company from my house, running a division of product marketing. I know a lot of people in the tech industry, so PM me when you are closer to moving.

Housing is going to be a lot higher than Detroit, so brace yourself. I guess that would be true of anywhere though.

If your gf is going to be out at Anschutz (in Aurora), you may want to live on the east side of town. Commuting to the tech center can be hell, but there are IT jobs down there. I would look into IT jobs at Anschutz as well. The medical industry is hiring and they need IT too.
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Thank you so much for so many helpful responses! I'm not opposed to moving out there sooner ahead of the lady, so long as the opportunity is right.
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IBM has a huge data center in boulder. Seems as if they are in layoff mode these days, but you never know. They still support a very large number of outsourced accounts from there. The tech center does indeed have a lot of jobs, under normal circumstances. Avaya has a facility in Arvada; they do quite a bit of IT. Best of luck with the move and the job search.
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Congratulations. I came to Denver for my Ph.D. and never left. It is the best place I have ever lived.

The job market here is better than most, but still tough. I work for an east-coast company from my house, running a division of product marketing. I know a lot of people in the tech industry, so PM me when you are closer to moving.

Housing is going to be a lot higher than Detroit, so brace yourself. I guess that would be true of anywhere though.

If your gf is going to be out at Anschutz (in Aurora), you may want to live on the east side of town. Commuting to the tech center can be hell, but there are IT jobs down there. I would look into IT jobs at Anschutz as well. The medical industry is hiring and they need IT too.
I live nearly in Aurora (Lowry) and work in the tech center. Commute isn't bad- all back roads, 10 miles, about 25 minutes. course, today it took 2 hours, 45 minutes to get home from work because it snowed a couple inches (and people out here can't drive in snow!!)
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I live nearly in Aurora (Lowry) and work in the tech center. Commute isn't bad- all back roads, 10 miles, about 25 minutes. course, today it took 2 hours, 45 minutes to get home from work because it snowed a couple inches (and people out here can't drive in snow!!)
It's only during the spring snows that they can't drive. I'm not sure why...
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It's only during the spring snows that they can't drive. I'm not sure why...
what a PITA. its not even that bad!
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what a PITA. its not even that bad!
I did put the truck in 4 wheel drive when I was out earlier this morning. You must have missed the crazy blizzard thing going on. That was fun.
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How exciting! You'll love it. I relocated to Denver from the Midwest (Mpls, MN) myself this past fall. When are you making your move?

I haven't gotten a good grip on what the industry is like out here- however, I work South of Denver in the Denver Tech Center (located in Greenwood Village, CO- kind of the downtown away from downtown), so keep this area on your map if you're looking for IT jobs.

Good luck!
That reminds me... why haven't we had lunch?

I work less than a block from Arapaho light rail station...
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Haha, glad I could spark conversation. There's a light rail between Denver and Arapaho, like A-Basin?
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Denver's IT market is pretty good, check out http://rmiug.org for localized job postings, as well as monster, dice.com etc. My company is hiring, check out http://ecollege.com/Careers.learn --and we just happen to be looking for a Sys Admin I
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I live nearly in Aurora (Lowry) and work in the tech center. Commute isn't bad- all back roads, 10 miles, about 25 minutes. course, today it took 2 hours, 45 minutes to get home from work because it snowed a couple inches (and people out here can't drive in snow!!)
Lowry to Highline Canal Trail to Cherry Creek Trail to the Res, then west to Union and past Cherry Creek HS and you're in the tech center. Used to be my bike commute when I lived at 23rd and Monaco (ish). You should try it!

(and I just finished shoveling my driveway covered in a solid 8" of the white stuff. Gotta love March in Denver!)
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That reminds me... why haven't we had lunch?

I work less than a block from Arapaho light rail station...
crap if I know, dex is in the same neighborhood. looks like its time to organize a bf lunch- or perhaps, post-work dtc ride (you know, when this snow melts!!)

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Haha, glad I could spark conversation. There's a light rail between Denver and Arapaho, like A-Basin?
I wish!! nope, arapahoe station is just a LR station in the tech center.

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thats what I thought! but.. I didn't want to broadcast your company to peoples all over the web.
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A certain BF poster (me) is located at the SW corner of Greenwood Plaza Blvd and Orchard.
We could do laps in the Cherry Creek Park after work.
It takes about 10-15 min to ride from where I work to the park. Then I can take the cherry creek trail to the platte to thornton.
I really detest driving to work.

Anyhow, hello to the OP.
There are quite a few friendly riders here. I am more partial to the club mr mclaughlin introduced me to. A very nice group of people and I seem to spend most of my time on facebook bsing with them.
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A certain BF poster (me) is located at the SW corner of Greenwood Plaza Blvd and Orchard.
We could do laps in the Cherry Creek Park after work.
It takes about 10-15 min to ride from where I work to the park. Then I can take the cherry creek trail to the platte to thornton.
I really detest driving to work.

Anyhow, hello to the OP.
There are quite a few friendly riders here. I am more partial to the club mr mclaughlin introduced me to. A very nice group of people and I seem to spend most of my time on facebook bsing with them.
that's very nearly the corner I'm workin too... sure hope you aren't the person I waved the finger at the other day...

I'd be game for a few laps.
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I am in the harlequin plaza BTW. The belco credit union building to be exact.
No one has flipped me the bird lately but I tend to daydream quite a bit. lol
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Stupid Denverites, always leavin' us Northern folk out of things... humph...
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I'd be willing to make a trip up north for a group ride one of these days.
Just don't be expecting a cute girl with pink hair. I'm a skinny bald white guy with shaved legs and a lycra fetish.
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Just don't be expecting a cute girl with pink hair. I'm a skinny bald white guy with shaved legs and a lycra fetish.
two outta three ain't bad

I'm at Belleview/Monaco, and can get to Village Greens Park in just a few min (via Union). I can be coaxed into a lap or two around the res as well...

UA, I'll head up north too, just gotta plan it, y'know?
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Monaco St? I don't think monaco pkwy intersects belleview.
If so I ride by your work each time I commute. Small world. lol
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I'll probably do a ride up Rist Canyon later this spring. You guys are welcome to join, but I'm slow and fat, so I won't be burning up the road...
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Haha, glad I could spark conversation. There's a light rail between Denver and Arapaho, like A-Basin?
No, sorry to say, that's some train station in the city they are talking about. To get to A-Basin you have to sit in a ridiculous traffic jam in your car. The key to Colorado skiing is weekdays. It's idiotic that there is no public transportation to ski. There's a "ski train" but it's like $50/each way and runs only once a day, to Winter Park (I think).

I'm eating my heart out right now, looking at the biggest storm of the year, and I have a huge project to complete at work tomorrow. Otherwise I would be hitting the powderday tomorrow.

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p.s., this forum really does need a group ride, doesn't it!
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