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Old 02-22-10, 08:31 AM   #1
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Didja miss me?

I haven't posted here in quite some time, so I thought I should check in.

I have had a horrible fall/winter:

The day I got home from the Seagull Century last October my apartment caught fire. All of my belongings that were salvageable went into storage and I had to live in a motel, then a temporary apartment. I haven't had the opportunity to get out on two wheels in almost four months.

I had a major dispute with my employer over certain business practices, and felt that I had to leave my job.

My 91 year old mother passed away, and my flight to Florida for her memorial service was canceled by a snow storm that dropped nearly two feet on Philadelphia.

On the positive side:

I did get a flight to Florida in time to see my mother a few days before she died. I had the opportunity to tell her that I love her, and she was lucid enough to understand.

The memorial service was pushed back by two weeks and this time I KNOW that my flight won't be canceled by snow.

I know that I won't be snowed in because I finally screwed up my nerve and bailed out of the "rust belt". I figured that if I was going to have to look for a new job in this economy, I should do it in an area where I wanted to live. Because all my belongings were in storage, it was a simple matter to get them packed into a "Pod" and shipped. So on Saturday Feb 13, with the temp at 22 and over three and a half feet of snow on the ground, my youngest son and I left suburban Philadelphia and drove to Arizona. I've rented an apartment in Tucson, and after my mother's memorial (this Thursday) I'll start looking for work.

I must be ka-razy.
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Old 02-22-10, 08:41 AM   #2
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Welcome back! Sorry to hear about your mom and a rough end to 2009. I hope your 2010 rocks! Good luck on the move and job search!
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Yes, we did miss you. I'm sorry to read of the problems, including your loss - which I offer my condolences for - but I'm happy to read you have made yet more changes in your life.
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Takes a lot of guts to make a move like this. I wish you all the best on the new challenge.
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