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I am a whore.

On Thursday, I sent an e-mail to the recruiter about the job down in Des Moines, essentially saying "thanks but no thanks". Friday I was away, but this morning I sat down to a message from the recruiter that they really, really want me. And they offered more money. A lot more money. More than I've ever made before. Enough more that the difference alone will pay for staying in a decent hotel. With a hot tub. And high-speed internet access.

I talked to Barb today about it. It would mean spending a chunk of time away from home, and it would mean that a lot of the projects that I have planned for this year are going to fall by the wayside.

But the money... it's damn good. It's enough that I can actually save something substantial. It's enough that with some careful management, I could take the rest of the year off. It's enough that we could make serious inroads into financing a film.

But it's Des Moines.

Okay, really, Des Moines is a pretty decent place. It's a helluva lot better than Owatonna. Hey it has several strip clubs. :)

And Most of the time I would be working or soaking in the hot tub, at least that was my experience from O-town. And I can use the downtime to write. So it's not a horrible thing. The bad part is the being away from home for six months. It's a four-hour drive (maybe less) away, almost all freeway, so going home on the weekends is ultimately doable. And if I do decide to stay, there are definitely things to do.

Does it sound like I'm trying to talk myself into it?

There are a couple of projects that do require my attention back here. Installing the dishwasher is pretty flexible, but the porch roof tear-off and rebuild is more than a weekend job, and I really hate the idea of leaving everything exposed during the time I'm gone. And then there's installing the boiler, which can definitely be put off until summer/fall.

The clincher: There may be the opportunity to do some of the work from home. At the same rate.

In other news, I have now joined the ranks of the laptop computing crowd. A friend's business was updating all of their laptops, and I got one of the "old" ones: a Dell Latitude C610-- 1GHz PIII, 512k RAM, and it still has just under a year left on the warranty.



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Feb. 15th, 2004 01:47 am (UTC)
If I were you I would take the job. It may be a little inconvenient, but it definitely sounds worth it!!!
Feb. 15th, 2004 01:48 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, fergot to say, "Be a whore"! It's only 6 mos....
Feb. 15th, 2004 07:40 am (UTC)
I know plenty of people who travel to work and I think it takes a specific personality type do do it.
From what I know of you, I don't think six months would be too much, but I would sugguest that you make a deal with yourself that if the question is presented, you won't do this on any longer term than the six months currently offered.
Good luck, I hope it works out.
Feb. 15th, 2004 11:18 am (UTC)
One of us! One of us! One of us!
Feb. 15th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)
You're in Cedar Rapids, right?
Feb. 16th, 2004 06:21 am (UTC)

Keep going down the ladder of despair!
Feb. 17th, 2004 01:45 am (UTC)
Dear lord-- Ames? Sioux City? Davenport?

Hey, at least Davenport has a cool rock station.
Feb. 17th, 2004 01:52 am (UTC)
No, wait, that was Keokuk. Cool rock station in Keokuk.

You're in Cedar Falls? Like a suburb of Waterloo?
Feb. 17th, 2004 07:48 am (UTC)
Not a suburb. Cedar Falls is to Waterloo what St. Paul is to Minneapolis.

We actually refer to this area as "the twin cities."
Feb. 15th, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC)
Awfully tempting. I think the part that would inspire me if I were you would be the "helps me finance films". Could this give you the leg up you'd need to really get started?

And how much working from home? That could make a huge difference.
Feb. 15th, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
Not yet specified. I think they're more using it as a carrot, so I'm discounting it entirely. If it happens, great!
Feb. 16th, 2004 11:10 am (UTC)
I'm closer than Minneapolis!
Should you want to diversify from Des Moines - there's always KC for a get-away weekend. Bryan and I would enjoy your company. It'd be about 3 hours versus 4 driving time. Although - Des Moines - hmmm. Some folks say they like it there. I'm not one of them, but money is money - and you're that good!
Feb. 17th, 2004 01:44 am (UTC)
Re: I'm closer than Minneapolis!
I will likely take you up on the offer a time or two. It will be good to see you and Brian again.
Feb. 16th, 2004 11:17 pm (UTC)
Get thee behind me, Iowa.
A friend of mine faced a similar situation once. His company sent him to New Mexico "for just a few months." He finally quit and came back to Minnesota four years later.

Some things he learned:

1. If their initial offer was so much lower than their present one, you can be sure that they still haven't made you their final offer. If you're feeling cocky, ask for another 10 percent and see what happens.

2. Decide now if you will accept when they want another six months. They will ask.

3. Do not accumulate new possessions at your new digs. They will get lost/stolen/broken when you move back home.

4. Don't drive back and forth on weekends. Bargain for airplane tickets as perks. The price is meaningless to them.

5. West Des Moines has really good Mexican restaurants.

Ok, that last one I learned on my own.

Good luck!
Feb. 17th, 2004 01:42 am (UTC)
Re: Get thee behind me, Iowa.
I'm actually quite okay with the offer. 10% more wouldn't make that much more difference, and it's already more than four times what I was making at my first job out of college.

As for another six months: while it is possible that they may want another couple of months, it's unlikely that they will want another six, simply because of the nature of the project. My concern is that the company may be really horrible to work for. I am cautious because of a few clues: the guy that interviewed me is a contractor (who lives in Michigan and flies home on weekends). When the head of a project is a contractor, it makes me hesitant.

Driving vs. flying: I like to drive. It's four hours, all freeway. With flying, there would be cab fare and dealing with airport security, which would take about as much time. Then I would be left without a vehicle at home.
Also, I have a standing invite to go down and visit some friends in Kansas City on the weekends as well. That's only a three-hour drive. I'm feelin' almost mobile.

New posessions: good idea. When I was in O-town, I ended up buying a fan for the hotel room. It didn't break or get lost or anything, I still have it. The only other things I got were books and food. I also built a small dolly (like a furniture moving dolly) that holds the cooler, which made checkin/checkout much easier.
This time I have a laptop, and I'll have decent internet access at the hotel (Wi-fi is cool!). I'll be able to write, program, and keep in contact with my Livejournal friends.

Tme mexi restaurants is a good tip, thanks. :)
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