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State of the Individual, 26 Jan 1996

From: "Pete 'Happy' Thomas" <happy@worldweb.net>
Subject: The first job offer, and other tales
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 14:58:21 -0500
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Hullo, family & friends,

Well, my first permanent job offer finally came.  Unfortunately, it's not
everything that I'm looking for--but, better to have one in hand than none
at all!  They're giving me a month to ponder it, so I should have some other
possibilities put together to weigh.  If you're curious (and I haven't
already told you in another message), I've been interviewing for positions
both in the aerospace engineering and computing realms.  This job is with an
internet service provider in Atlanta, Georgia1 but it's a "technical
support" position, which is basically their first rung.  Because it's a
rapidly growing startup which is just about to have it's public stock
offering, there's a lot of possibility for advancement--but the salary is as
much as $16,000/year below other ranges I've been looking at.  That's a
pretty big risk in earning power that I may not be able to take right
now--regardless of the payoff.  Not to mention, it would mean moving again.
Of course, most of you know that after moving back and forth between Tech
and VA and CA every three months through school, moving is not terribly
traumatic for me.  Of course, now I'm not leaving the bulk of my stuff
behind when I move.  It all comes with me.  I had to rent a Ryder truck to
get all my accumulated junk from Atlanta to Virginia.  Can you say:  "Time
for a garage sale?"

Oh, in case you haven't figured it out by now, this is turning into my
"Christmas Letter."  Except that a) Christmas was a while back, and b) I
don't celebrate it.  So let's just call it an annual update--"A State of the
Individual Address."  As such, I'll put all the latest contact information:

Break out those planners, address book programs, and rolo-dexes:

   Reliable email:  happy@worldweb.net2
     provided by Rob and Brian and everyone at Worldweb!  Thanks guys!  D.C.
     area folks--if you need internet connections or web services, give them
     a call (703)[...]
   Equally reliable email:  happy@gtalumni.org2
     For those times when I'm in Atlanta, this is my account via MindSpring.
     Through the magic of forwarding it all ends up in one happy place.
   Phone/message/fax:  (703)[...]  call voice first for faxes--I don't leave
     it on auto-receive unless I'm expecting a fax
   Backup phone:  (703)[...]  same house, same parents (slightly better
     in fact:  Dad quit smoking!  congrats to:  billt.nsd@cbo.gov2)
   Postal:
     [Parents' address]
     Vienna, VA  [...]

So, where was I?  Well, the job search continues.  I'm doing temporary work
to keep money coming in.  Mom has sprung for a month's trial membership at
her athletic club.  (Thanks!)  In case I've been a horrible correspondent
(generally the case) and you didn't even know I went _ in _ to the Air
Force, I've been in and out.  I was going for commissioning via OTS.  I
don't recommend it!  However, I learned a lot of useful things--particularly
management and supervisory related training that I'd be hard-pressed to find
elsewhere.  I did lose weight and get in much better shape.  But folding my
shirts in neat 8x10 rectangles, buttoning and arranging things in closets,
chasing dust-bunnies and mirror-smudges was just too much for me.  This was
hardly a surprise to many.

I've continued to be active with a Unitarian Universalist congregation--I
even found a fellowship when I was in OTS.  Mainly I sing in the choir and
participate in "Young Adult" activities.  For a little over a year, in
Atlanta, I was a advisor for the Jr. High YRUU group.  These UU kids--young
adults in their own right--renewed my faith that our "yoots" aren't all
going down the tubes.  I may get involved with helping YRUU again--but it's
a very time-consuming activity, and I've been spending a lot of time on my
own "home fires" lately.

Still reading, still playing the occasional computer game, "surfing the web"
voraciously, and in general enjoying life.  Oh, a side note for those of you
who also trip the light electronic:  when sending emails to many recipients,
use the "Bcc:" header.  This message is an example.  The advantage is that
noone can see the addressees of the message--and you down have a page long
list of people's email addresses before getting to the text.

Well, I'm starting to ramble--are you surprised?  For those of you who are
among my less regular correspondents, drop me a line, especially if the ways
to get in touch have changed, or you just want to catch me up with what _
you're _ doing.

Happiness,

--Pete
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Pete 'Happy' Thomas, happy@worldweb.net
@     Oceania, a new country in formation.
@     Finger welcome@oceania.org
@ The one question ADD quiz: "did you have
@  trouble reading all the way through this
@  email message?"


1 MindSpring [now Earthlink]
2No longer a valid address

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From:polydad
Date:January 23rd, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
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Was confusing 'til I noticed the date. Is the purpose to point out how much things have changed in a decade?

best,

Joel. Who was busy falling in love with Phyllis in '96, which was a good thing.
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From:vettecat
Date:January 23rd, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
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I was really confused until the date penetrated...
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From:dcseain
Date:January 23rd, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
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My life is much better now than back then. I'm glad for the passage of time.
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From:thecatsmeowww
Date:January 23rd, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
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It is always good to look back and see where you were and where you have gone.
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From:prettypammie
Date:January 25th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
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Mind you, he had just met me, just fallen in love with me, and that job offer was a big relationship hurdle for us - we both felt the relationship was too new for me to pick up and follow him to another state, but we also didn't want to walk away from it...
Notice, he doesn't mention me in this letter at all.

-P
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