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By georgeha (Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 09:25:09 AM EST) RIASC, Lego, $project, H1B, offshoring, beer (all tags)
Plus, what I did on my non-existent summer vacation, Oregon and less, composed while waiting for the sun to warm the roof.

It's about time for my quarterly diary.

Work is still work, last week I once again had the opportunity to validate that it's quicker and cheaper to fly ROC-PDX-ROC than HYD->PDX->HYD, for odd values of HYD. In short, an odd problem with a pair of low end printers that could only be recreated at the customer sites, and the only good set of logs (front end and printer) had incompatible evaluations. A last minute flight to PDX (seriously, it was approved and booked two hours before takeoff), a late evening arrival, a transit of the Cascades in the dark and an after midnight check in in Bend, OR.

Then days of sushi, brewpubs and watching printers not malfunction. A daylight drive back to suburban Portland (not very weird) via the Columbia and the Commie Full Sail Brewery/brewpub, coffee and a next day flight. This was also the first time I saw a Romney/Ryan sign, in the high desert. I haven't been outside the city much this fall.

I found Bend to have a feel like Ithaca, with mountains but minus gorges.

Now I'm getting pestered on my day off to finish my expense report. When I go into tomorrow I have to finish moving my cube, and then we'll be moving in another month or two to a different building. I'm much busier.

Workwise I'm feeling slightly more confident. First, we need warm bodies to send onsite for serious issues, I'm the only experienced warm body left that's American*. Second, I got a small raise, they must like my work. Third, working with offshores is a skill and the need for the will only increase until America becomes a low wage third world country. Fourth, despite Japan being much closer to offshore than I am, they would need a visa to visit, I wouldn't. Yeah, slight chance of a trip to Japan.

* The local team asked how things were back East. I didn't say anything until we were alone for lunch. For some reason, the previous corp isn't trumpeting the news of their offshoring their front end. I'm not sure how customers would take an inexperienced H1B showing up.

Also, I still haven't found anyone who thinks highly of my previous corp's CEO. The local team sure doesn't.

The summer vacation wasn't, for several reasons. First, we weren't sure if sixteen year would pass. Her grades were split, around an A if she studied, a D is she didn't, with a few Cs and Fs thrown in. We were bracing for summer school. Second, the girls couldn't agree on a destination, we were thinking the Adirondacks, eleven year old disagreed.

Finally, the garage roof needed to be replaced. It's a simple roof, two sides joined at a ridge, and  figured it was cheaper just for me to do it. After two months, a tear off and $700, it's nearly done. Once it warms up a little outside I'll finish the ridge and clean up.

The youngest is now eleven, and having a rough time in sixth grade, she's no longer friends with her bestie from grades 1-5. Thankfully she's still in Lego Robotics, and the new girl is on her team. Her mom was heavily involved with the real robotics team, and even met Dean Kamen.

In yet another RIASC moment, the new girl's parents both work at the previous corp, the mom is involved in the latest $project_to_save_company, the one that sent me to Iowa last year. We commiserated about all the mutual acquaintances that have moved onto other corporations. Another reason to feel slightly better, there's darn few of us left with experience on that monstrosity.

The eleven year old also had a four day leadership retreat in the Adirondacks and enjoyed it, so we can consider the Adirondacks next summer.

The oldest is now sixteen, and has her iPhone. She's also getting a job today as a Lifeguard at the Y, and intermittently works as a replacement for newspaper_girl at a coffee place at the public market.

< I was, perhaps, too hard on them | We must imagine Spider-Man happy >
Now we are sixteen and eleven | 11 comments (11 topical, 0 hidden)
Dean Kamen by kwsNI (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 11:31:43 AM EST
Bastard ran over my foot on his Segway.  Grr.

But in the end by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #2 Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 12:21:49 PM EST
he was on a Segway, it's hard to top that level of dorkiness.

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I think we need a Husi-based support group by MartiniPhilosopher (4.00 / 2) #3 Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 12:27:25 PM EST
for parents of 16 y.o. girls.

Whenever I hear one of those aforementioned douche bags pontificate about how dangerous [...] videogames are I get a little stabby. --Wil Wheaton.

Teenage girls, at least by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #4 Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 12:36:08 PM EST
LO is a year younger than 16 year old, IIRC.

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Give me 19 months... by belldandi (4.00 / 2) #6 Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 01:58:55 PM EST
I'll be joining the club. Although by then, 16 becomes 18 and you get to kick them out of the house ;). 

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I didn't need a support group by lm (4.00 / 1) #9 Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 05:49:10 PM EST
My eldest turned 19 this past summer. My youngest will turn 16 next summer. I've never really felt the need for a support group.

But I'm an odd one. I figure they'll turn out fine once they figure out who they are and my job is mostly to help provide the tools they need to do that figuring.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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WIPO by ana (4.00 / 2) #5 Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 01:49:46 PM EST
I was on a tour of the Black Butte brewery in Bend once. Good stuff. And, just for grins, they have a PBR sign in their tasting room.

I now know what the noise that is usually spelled "lolwhut" sounds like. --Kellnerin

Do they have a brewpub? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 02:13:29 PM EST
I only had dinner twice in Bend, though.

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Not so much, no. by ana (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 04:56:17 PM EST
 They offered samples of various brews, and I think you could buy their wares there as well. No food that I recall.

I now know what the noise that is usually spelled "lolwhut" sounds like. --Kellnerin

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as the parent by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 11:45:19 PM EST
you do have over power over vacation destinations.

veto by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 11:55:53 PM EST

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