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12/13/2004: "Calgary calls"

I mentioned before about the opportunity I have in front of me in Calgary. Well, it sounds like it's pretty much mine for the taking, if I want it. On one hand, Calgary's a great city that I'd love to go back to. On the other, it's a full-blown relocation. I'm excited and scared witless at the same time.

The deal in front of me is thus: on or about January 3rd I'd start work in Calgary on a 3-month contract. My wife and kids would stay at home. I'd get contract wages (about 10-20% higher than full-time salary), plus some living allowance, so I wouldn't exactly be hurting. However, I'd be away from my family for weeks at a time. The recruiter I'm working with says that typically people in my position would get home every 3rd weekend or so for a long weekend, as Calgary-Toronto return flights are only $400 on Westjet. Still, that's a lot of free time by myself, and a lot of time without support with 2 kids for my wife.

I have some questions in to the company the position is with, and we'll see what the answer there is. At least I don't have to make a decision too quickly - January is still 15 days away. Yikes, that's actually not all that far away.

Meanwhile, there was a position advertised in this weekend's paper that is my job description to a T. I've submitted my resume (and killer cover letter) tonight, so we'll see what comes of it. One way or another I'll be employed in January - I just don't know if it'll be in Calgary, or locally, and if locally, selling cars or doing engineering.

If you're so inclined, please pray. I know I'm going to have to!

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