I have neglected this humble blog for so long, so a quick recap seems appropriate.
I am a systems engineer a defense program. Seven years ago I was laid off because the defense contractor that created and managed the project lost their rebid to continue it. I was on the bench for 5 weeks, later picked up at another defense job that was decidedly beneath my skills. Who could forget this post that answered the question "Say, Charlie... how goes the new job?"
Anywho, a few short months later I was picked up as a Subject Matter Expert for the very same project, but for the contractor that did win the bid. And after a time my SME status diminished a bit, as more and more people got skilled in the application. And while there have been about the routine number of head-butting incidents with management things went swimmingly in spite of the fact I commute 2 hours, each way, every day to the office. It's crazy, but it has allowed me to afford being the sole-income in my home and afforded my much-better-half the opportunistically of being a stay-home-mom (much to her pleasure). I've done that drive for about 15 years now, so it's pretty routine.
Last August I got the word: the Army base that has been the center of operations for this job is slated to close this Fall (part of the BRAC program I won't describe again here). I have been tapped to go to Maryland, where the new office is already built. The daily drive of +160 miles is a bit much, even for me, for a daily commute. Officially, I am to report to MD on 1-September, but as I've been assigned the project lead on the relocation efforts (my first hint I was included in the relocation), I will be reporting there on 15-Aug.
In the last year I have pounded the virtual pavement in search of a suitable position where I can maintain my sole-support role at home. No such luck. This week I learned I have a conditional offer: a defense position, a.lot.closer to home for a reasonably close salary. Just as soon as the contractor gets funding.
It's not perfect, but it's nothing to sneeze at either. I am looking forward to hearing from the company in about 6 weeks, in the meantime, I called in a favor and will be crashing at a friend's house. A spare room, less than an hour from MD, about 2 hours from home. Making the best of things while I wait on the offer.
Things could be worse. A lot worse. So my chin is up, and I am looking towards the hope of an e-mail telling me news of funding.
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