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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-12-31 10:29
  Subject:   I took their jerbs! (/South Park)
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Barring something extraordinary, I am about 90% certain that I will be employed within a week.

It won't be a ton of money, they're saying $[censored]/yr. But in a down economy you take what you can get. Intangible compensations are that the work itself seems interesting, they specifically told me they want to trash all their old code and rewrite from the bottom up, the environment is by all accounts pretty laid-back, and the stuff they produce ranks high on the "social good" scale. Also this will get a solid Java job on my resume, so people won't be able to claim that I don't have any Java experience any more. Oh, and it's close enough that I can ride my bike (or maybe even walk) to the office.

More details after the offer letter has been signed, delivered and accepted.
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Jon: mariohammer
  User: j_b
  Date: 2008-12-31 19:02 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
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Excellent!
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2008-12-31 19:40 (UTC)
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Congrats!
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Alex Belits
  User: abelits
  Date: 2008-12-31 20:18 (UTC)
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Congratulations!

That's better than what I had for a year after moving to SF Bay Area. Work is interesting and pays close to the "decent" range, however I had to pay for two apartments (rent in California, mortgage and maintenance in Colorado), so I remained constantly in the red.

Few days ago I have finally managed to sell the one in Colorado for the amount of remaining debt, so next month is going to be the first in years with no credit card maxed out. Yes, it was that bad, and no, before that Gendo didn't pay me enough to pay my bills, either. ME = LOSER, GENDO + BUSH = THE WINNING TEAM!
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2008-12-31 20:35 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Few days ago I have finally managed to sell the one in Colorado for the amount of remaining debt

Dude, that's great news! I was wondering how long you were going to be screwed over by that.

But I guess this also means you're probably not going to be coming back to Colorado for quite a while. Bummer.
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Alex Belits
  User: abelits
  Date: 2008-12-31 21:22 (UTC)
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Dude, that's great news! I was wondering how long you were going to be screwed over by that.

The combination of my actions and circumstances (moving to California and getting a job after doing everything in assumption that I will stay in Colorado working on servers, Gendo and his management skills, housing bubble, crisis) definitely ended up pretty badly for me. It's possible that I had better choices after the moment when the company got mothballed, but as far as I know none would produce a significantly better outcome.

If I stayed in Colorado, it would not save the company and would not get me a job soon enough to keep the condo. If I rented out the condo immediately after moving instead of putting the condo for sale, I would merely stretch the same loss from one year to 1.5-2, still keeping me broke or nearly broke, just with better credit score. If I tried to find a better-paying company in California, I would likely to be laid off when the crisis hit. If I continued looking for investors past the point when I could keep mortgage, it would be a massive risk with no backup plan.

Things would be definitely better if I didn't buy the condo, but at that moment both rent and my expectations for the future of the company were high enough to make it a rational choice. Not working with Gendo would be a far superior choice, I admit my fault in that decision.

But I guess this also means you're probably not going to be coming back to Colorado for quite a while. Bummer.

I doubt that having an empty apartment in Colorado would make me more likely to return, however not being constantly broke makes it possible for me to afford airfare. Also since now I have a place in Bay Area, you guys can stay there while visiting San Francisco.
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Jon
  User: j_b
  Date: 2008-12-31 20:46 (UTC)
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Congrats on getting rid of the condo for the debt value at least
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2009-01-01 00:19 (UTC)
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A little bit of everything, apparently. They do some GUI stuff, some JNI, and some just general Java stuff. http://www.mentorinteractiveinc.com if you're curious.
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Willow: Happy Willow
  User: willow_red
  Date: 2009-01-01 00:51 (UTC)
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Congrats! Starting off the new year with a new job is a great thing, particularly in this economy.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2009-01-01 01:25 (UTC)
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Pretty much pure luck I found this when I did.

It was Vanessa who put me in contact with them, I owe her dinner somewhere nice...
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2009-01-04 13:46 (UTC)
  Subject:   So the stars have aligned!
It's about time they hired you.
We've only been telling them about ya for 3 years now.

Sorry about the *low* pay, that will change once they get their code working.
But I'm most happy to hear that a competent, well spoken programmer has finally joined our ranks. The previous guys struggled with communicating issues due to their heavy accents (and the bosses deafness) which made things awkward. :-(

And now you'll be forced to help me make that flash/java game I've been hassling you about!

-L
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2009-01-05 02:42 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: So the stars have aligned!
And now you'll be forced to help me make that flash/java game I've been hassling you about!

And after that, XNA!
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C.G.B. Spender
  User: cgbspender
  Date: 2009-01-02 23:36 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Congrats!
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