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    An Update from TacomaDiver

    Since I've mentioned it before, and it's not a secret, but my job situation took a dark turn in November. To catch-up, we laid off about 12-15% of our workforce, and then those that remain are being forced to take a mandatory furlough day every week. This is also known as a mandatory 20% paycut. You could use your PTO to offset lost wages, but then you'd have no time off when (if?) we go back to normal. Plus HR has hinted that they're going to change the PTO accumulation policy this year, so even less PTO is earned.

    In mid-December, we decided we'll need to move, because my salary was no longer worth commuting 4-5 hours each day. We were able to move closer (into my MIL's house - so free rent) so that's good.

    Also in mid-December, I decided that I'll need to look for a new job.

    On Monday, I was offered a new job, which I promptly accepted. It comes with a nice hefty raise, and even a nice signing bonus. Well, they call it a relocation bonus.

    So yes, I'm on the move to a new state, one that's landlocked so my diving days are going to be even more limited than before (that reminds me, I can make any interested parties a great deal on a ton of SCUBA equipment! And some lawn care stuff too . . .)

    On March 4th, I start my new job in Colorado. So that's exciting.

    Oh - don't worry Ron - I'm still going to try and make sure your Black Crouch book(s) can get signed in March.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TacomaDiver View Post
    Since I've mentioned it before, and it's not a secret, but my job situation took a dark turn in November. To catch-up, we laid off about 12-15% of our workforce, and then those that remain are being forced to take a mandatory furlough day every week. This is also known as a mandatory 20% paycut. You could use your PTO to offset lost wages, but then you'd have no time off when (if?) we go back to normal. Plus HR has hinted that they're going to change the PTO accumulation policy this year, so even less PTO is earned.

    In mid-December, we decided we'll need to move, because my salary was no longer worth commuting 4-5 hours each day. We were able to move closer (into my MIL's house - so free rent) so that's good.

    Also in mid-December, I decided that I'll need to look for a new job.

    On Monday, I was offered a new job, which I promptly accepted. It comes with a nice hefty raise, and even a nice signing bonus. Well, they call it a relocation bonus.

    So yes, I'm on the move to a new state, one that's landlocked so my diving days are going to be even more limited than before (that reminds me, I can make any interested parties a great deal on a ton of SCUBA equipment! And some lawn care stuff too . . .)

    On March 4th, I start my new job in Colorado. So that's exciting.

    Oh - don't worry Ron - I'm still going to try and make sure your Black Crouch book(s) can get signed in March.
    Congratulations and good luck in Colorado. No more diving in the narrows, say goodbye to Gallopin' Gertie. While there is no salt water to dive the Rockies offer a lot. I certainly hope this opens a wonderful new chapter in your life!

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    Good for you and congrats. Many people here in Yosemite are unhappy and frankly simply put dislike the new main concessionaire. I personally have been saying they are a bunch of uncaring bozos. They are not a nice company (I think NPS f---ed up choosing these people) and I am keeping my eyes open for an opportunity to move on if it comes to that. I'd rather stay here in the park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TacomaDiver View Post
    Since I've mentioned it before, and it's not a secret, but my job situation took a dark turn in November. To catch-up, we laid off about 12-15% of our workforce, and then those that remain are being forced to take a mandatory furlough day every week. This is also known as a mandatory 20% paycut. You could use your PTO to offset lost wages, but then you'd have no time off when (if?) we go back to normal. Plus HR has hinted that they're going to change the PTO accumulation policy this year, so even less PTO is earned.

    In mid-December, we decided we'll need to move, because my salary was no longer worth commuting 4-5 hours each day. We were able to move closer (into my MIL's house - so free rent) so that's good.

    Also in mid-December, I decided that I'll need to look for a new job.

    On Monday, I was offered a new job, which I promptly accepted. It comes with a nice hefty raise, and even a nice signing bonus. Well, they call it a relocation bonus.

    So yes, I'm on the move to a new state, one that's landlocked so my diving days are going to be even more limited than before (that reminds me, I can make any interested parties a great deal on a ton of SCUBA equipment! And some lawn care stuff too . . .)

    On March 4th, I start my new job in Colorado. So that's exciting.

    Oh - don't worry Ron - I'm still going to try and make sure your Black Crouch book(s) can get signed in March.
    Congrats, Jason! Now we'll be neighbors

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    That's fantastic! Congrats!

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    Wonderful news, Jason! That kind of financial worry and strain can really take a toll, so it’s great you were able to land such a great opportunity and put it behind you. We’ll miss you in WA, but Martin and I will hold down the fort. ;-). I’ve never visited CO, but I’ve always imagined it as a beautiful area of the country...and I have to think that the state politics and taxes have to be more resident-friendly.

    Congrats again!

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    That is awesome news. Congrats my friend!

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    Sounds great, well done and good luck!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    Congratulations and good luck in Colorado. No more diving in the narrows, say goodbye to Gallopin' Gertie. While there is no salt water to dive the Rockies offer a lot. I certainly hope this opens a wonderful new chapter in your life!
    Thanks Martin!

    I'm excited - and quite a bit freaked out at the same time too. It's a huge step - and one that I never imagined that I would be making. I moved back to Washington almost 21 years ago exactly, also for a job, but this time it's different. I have a wife, more stuff (damn you books!) two cats and a dog, and a familiarity with the area that I never had before. But it'll be good.

    Quote Originally Posted by c marvel View Post
    Good for you and congrats. Many people here in Yosemite are unhappy and frankly simply put dislike the new main concessionaire. I personally have been saying they are a bunch of uncaring bozos. They are not a nice company (I think NPS f---ed up choosing these people) and I am keeping my eyes open for an opportunity to move on if it comes to that. I'd rather stay here in the park.

    Cap
    Thanks Cap!

    I've always been jealous that you live in Yosemite - I do miss that part of California.

    And if you're not confident about your leadership, it does make your job that much more difficult to feel passionate about, so I feel you there. Good luck!


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    Congrats, Jason! Now we'll be neighbors
    Shit - I'm going to have to already move before I even moved the first time!

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffingoff View Post
    That's fantastic! Congrats!
    Thanks Jeff! It's going to be a great opportunity and I'm sure I'll feel comfortable soon! It's SCARY!

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    Glad things are looking up, Jason! Best of luck with the move and the new job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TacomaDiver View Post
    Shit - I'm going to have to already move before I even moved the first time!
    LOL! Maybe I can drag you to a Joe Hill event he will ever make it out this way

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    Congratulations on the new job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian861 View Post
    LOL! Maybe I can drag you to a Joe Hill event he will ever make it out this way
    Or you could both venture to the Rose city the next time he comes to Powell's. See you there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian861 View Post
    LOL! Maybe I can drag you to a Joe Hill event he will ever make it out this way
    Deal!

    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    Or you could both venture to the Rose city the next time he comes to Powell's. See you there!
    Quote Originally Posted by Brian861 View Post
    I'd actually be down for that if it'd work out.
    Same! That could be a fun quick trip!

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