I haven't Lost My Mind
In 2007 I left San Diego, CA to take a new job with General Dynamics in Fairfax, VA. It turned into a strange few weeks.
Over the years I have been here, I have grown to love the colors of fall, the bloosoms of the spring, the snow of the winter (although I haite the muggy heat of the summer).
In August 2007, I put my Resume on the street as I looked for a new job. I was immediately contacted by Lockheed Martin in NJ. They arranged to fly me out for a Friday interview. The interview went fine and I flew back to San Diego for the weekend.
Next I was contacted by John Hopkins APL. Again they flew me out for a Friday interview which went well.
Returning through Dallas, Tx I received a phone call from my friend at General Dynamics. He asked if I had accepted a position yet, to which I replied no. I was told they wanted to interview me and would have me fly out the following week.
So the following week, I flew to Dullas, VA. Again the interview went well. As I returned to Dullas, VA to catch my flight home, I received a call to informe me that they had an offer for me.
The following Monday I received all three offers. I decided to go with General Dynamics. But I still had promised to cover a meeting in London England since the engineer I was working with had to fly to Texas for a program he was working on. So I gave my two weeks notice and started planing for a move to Northern Virginia.
My last week of work I caught a flight to London, England on Monday.
On Tuesday, I went to the site for the meeting and ogranized plans for the Wednesday Meeting.
On Wednesday, I chaired the meeting on British Modernization using Open Architecture.
On Thursday, I flew back to San Diego.
On Friday I checked out, returned my security badge, filed my last travel report and went home to pack.
On Saturday September 29th, I caught a flight to Reagan Airport in Washington D.C. and checked into a hotel.
On Monday Oct 1, 2007 I started work at General Dynamics. By late that afternoon, the first person asked me:
"Have you lost your mind? Why would anyone leave San Diego?"
Over the next fiew months I started a collection of some answers to the the basic question:
"Have You Lost Your Mind?"
So here are a collection on answers when someone asks you the same question.
I haven't lost my mind
It's backed up on disk somewhere
My X wife took it as part of the settlement
I lent it to someone and forgot who
I …..what was I saying
So many people have given me a piece of their mind I don't have any room left for mine.
It is in the hospital for sever burnout theropy
I've simply been taken over by an alian
I's on vacation
I took it on vacation and on the flight back the airline lost it.
I took it to Tewksberry Mass. It froze while I walked from the parking lot…It's still thawing
I cam from the stargate and I AM YOUR GOD
I really did see a puddy tat
I give everyone a pice of my mind…..now there is nothing left
Your just jealous that the voices only talk to me
I left it in Dallas or Chicago or St Louis
But I wonder why I keep getting asked the question
Some day I hope to return to San Diego, but California seems less and less apealing as time goes by. There are reasons for me to return, but If I could convince one person, I would probably live out on the East coast where there are four seansons, no droughts, and not the mess of LA close by.