Well. Well, well, well.

This afternoon, the phone rang with a job offer from the company I interviewed with on Wednesday in Houston.

I am awaiting the formal written offer, but based on what I know so far, I’m leaning toward taking it.

I’m nervous, but excited. Big change was coming to my life regardless of where I would have landed, but this is a pretty major move.

I am fortunate in that I know several people in the area — so I’ll have the starting point of a base of operations.

Thank you to everyone who has voiced support — I truly believe that I do get by with a little help from my friends (yes, I’m Ringo). There’s going to be a lot more stuff going on here, but I have a direction.

It’s going to be an adventure. Pretty cool.

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There and back again.

I got home from Houston last night after a very good interviewing trip. The company is a long-established (over 100 years) oil-field tools company (primarily down-hole equipment) with a Well-Known Name, and they’re growing.

Flight down wasn’t particularly full, so I had an entire exit row to myself (well, the D-E-F seats). Had to wait for the hotel shuttle, which took us to a hotel I won’t stay in ever again that was tragically next door to a hotel (Hilton Garden Inn) that I frequent in my own travels, and which mocked me.

Caught a cab (as per instructions) to the company. If you are in the Houston area and have need of a taxi during the day, call Yellow Cab and ask for Roy McQueen to come pick you up. An excellent driver with a clean and well-maintained Dodge Caravan, he knew how to avoid a fair bit of the freeway traffic mess and I arrived right when I needed to.

There were 6 of us interviewing. All of us were from the Detroit area, and all were in or from the automotive industry. We were told that the company was targeting the auto industry for product engineers, and specifically experienced ones (unsaid but understood by me, at least, is that there’s an awful lot of talent up here that’s not working. If you are an employer looking for engineering talent, the Detroit area is a target-rich environment). Which means they are readily acknowledging that there will be a learning curve on the products themselves — that was one of my concerns, that there would be an expectation that I would have to know everything right from the start.

We had something of a round-robin of 30-minute interviews; and they were friendly, conversational interviews — I’ve had some that were very confrontational, and made me uncomfortable. This was quite the opposite — they clearly wanted to put me at ease. We had a nice catered lunch (mmm, fajitas) and one of the interview sessions was with the HR supervisor to discuss benefits, present the relocation plan, etc. (I have to read that through again). As it happened, I initially had 2 "blank" spots in my dance card, but they were filled with follow-up interviews — one a "meet the team", the other a one-on-one with the senior manager who is running that team. Then we had a tour of the facility, notably the test labs and machine shop, before heading back to the airport and our flight home.

It went well. Very well by my assessment. It remains to be seen if it was "successful" (i.e. I get a solid job offer), but I was comfortable in the environment. The offices had the right "feel" to them, and it is a place I would find enjoyable to work in. The people are friendly, and based on the number of 20+ year veterans I met, it’s clearly an environment that inspires loyalty. I like that.

It also didn’t hurt that it was sunny and in the mid-70s there yesterday. 🙂

So, time to write some thank-yous and do my scans of the job listings. I’m still unemployed.

Thanks…

All of you who have voiced support here and elsewhere.

Instead of waking up for the first time in my new place this morning, I woke up in the old place and went over to the new place to pack up the kitchen and linens (which were the only things I really unpacked), then brought consumables back here to the house and took whatever else I could fit in the truck to my (already existing) storage locker. Then I took up a friend’s invitation to dinner. Dinner was yummy (spaghetti & meatballs), and having some pleasant company was very welcome.

Friend M is meeting me over there tomorrow morning to load up More Stuff. Between his truck (which has a full-height cap on the bed instead of the hard tonneau cover mine has but is otherwise purt near identical) and mine, we should be able to get pretty much everything that’s going to storage over to storage in one two-vehicle trip, which will leave some clothing, cleaning supplies, and toiletries and a little bit of clean-up to do and I can hand it back over to the property company.

One of the owners and I talked on Saturday, and in light of my situation and the fact that I hadn’t really truly moved in yet, he’s willing to work something out. I’ll be out what I’ve already paid (hopefully this won’t come back to haunt me later) but it’s the most graceful and least-expensive exit I can make.

This leaves utilities and changing my address with the bank (again) back to my old/new address. And applying for unemployment, and sending more resumes/correcting address/phone on ones I have already sent. I’ll forward the apt. phone to my cell, which will help.

K’s pissed at me. I can’t blame her one little bit. This throws a major wrench into her life — she thought she’d have the house to herself starting this weekend, for starters — and I’m just trying to rectify the situation as best I can. Minimize expense and minimize downtime are the operative concepts.  Getting the network spun up — but there’s a LOT of people around here looking for work.

This could end up involving a move elsewhere. Ya know something? I don’t think I’d mind too much.