I'm sorry I dropped off the face of the Earth again. I got a new job. I had been wanting to write about some of my experiences during my job hunt, but on the off chance that somebody from my previous job read this blog, I figured I would keep my mouth shut.
I didn't leave out of bitterness, or hard feelings. Not many, anyway. I worked with some fine people in a very laid back office. I'd never experienced the freedom to set my own schedule and manage my responsibilities as I did on that job. I had it very good there. But, I worked in a field office with one contract to support one customer and the contract was winding down. Many of the people in that office were at the end of their respective careers, and expected to retire when the contract ended in a few years. I still have at least 30 years left in the workforce by conventional wisdom, so that luxury escaped me. I was also itching for more responsibilities (and more money) and there was no room to advance in that organization. I put my resume on Careerbuilder to see what would happen. I'll probably try to write up a more detailed post later.
I still work in the same industry, but on an entirely different project. I'm also an engineer now. I'm an engineer in an engineering company, which is like being a pilot in the Air Force. It's wonderful being what your organization is purposed to do. I also changed states. I now work in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My commute is only a few miles longer than my previous commute, but I now have to contend with Route 42 rather than Interstate 295. I'm finding 42 to have plenty of challenges. Oh, yeah, there's also that pesky bridge toll every day. It's free to enter New Jersey, but there's no way out without paying for it.
As I said, I'll try to put up more details later. I just wanted to make this blog active again. I get about 10-20 hits per day. It took years to build that kind of traffic.