Well, after quitting my job I packed up my car and my wife and I drove out to Colorado (she flew back last Sunday). It’s truly a wonderful place.
I rented out a room with a pretty cool couple, with high-speed internet and everything, and am all set up in my one room mansion, ready to take on the job search here.
For personal gear, I brought interview clothes, snowboard stuff, and my bike.
For computing gear. I brought out my mini mac, a screen, a scanner, and I bought a laser printer when I got here (essentials of job search, I suppose). I bought a $10 (after rebate) 802.11g router for my roommates, so that I could use the mini mac’s built-in wireless access to get onto their high-speed internet. I have no TV, no telephone and no mobile signal on my Cingular phone with a 303 area code.
- For TV watching I only use torrents on the computer (cool). So far I have so many AVI files of crappy shows I’m running out of space, with no time to watch them. The computer speaker is my output audio of choice, even though I have a large selection of earphones with me.
- For telephone service I bought a SkypeIn number so that people can call me, and a SkypeOut number so that I can call analog telephones. Total expenditure, 20 euros. The quality is GREAT. I use my BlueTooth headset as the microphone until I buy another one, and the output audio seems to work remarkeably well on either the headset or the computer speaker.
The job search is going remarkeably well, considering I only really started on Tuesday, and I’m hopeful that the companies I’ve already talked to can offer me a job. In any event, I’m slowly but surely getting into shape, with little else to do to fill my days.
I’ve started using LinkedIn for business contacts, so if you see a LinkedIn invite from me, please accept (you can read all about what LinkedIn is on their website).
Out for now…