I'm goin' home And when I wanna go home I'm goin' mobile Well, I'm gonna find a home And we'll see how it feels Goin' mobile Keep me movin' - Goin' Mobile, Pete Townsend (The Who)
Frequent readers of this space will know that I only break out the classic rock lyrics when the news is fairly significant. Today's news falls into that category.
I can pull up by the curb I can make it on the road Goin' mobile I can stop in any street And talk with people that we meet Goin' mobile Keep me movin'
While I've been something of a nomad in the course of my life (in addition to Washington, I've lived in Missouri, New York, Wisconsin, New Jersey, California, and Oklahoma), before joining me here my darling wife Gale had lived in just two states: Florida and Texas. After making a valiant effort to live in a northern climate for seven years, her health now requires that we make a change.
When I presented this issue to my management, I told them I saw three alternative solutions, of which I had control over the least desirable two. I could leave my wife (not going to happen) or leave my job (don't want that to happen); the alternative I didn't have control over was the possibility of continuing my work with the SQL Server Center of Excellence while living somewhere else.
Today, I got word from my boss that this arrangement has been approved.
Out in the woods Or in the city It's all the same to me When I'm drivin' free, the world's my home When I'm mobile
At this point, all I can say for sure is that we're heading southeast. Gale has a line on some property in Florida which we're researching; hopefully I'll get a chance to look at it while I'm in Orlando for TechEd. I'll be working remotely from wherever I end up; when I'm needed in Redmond, the company will bring me here.
How great is it to work for a company which will let me have my cake and eat it too like this? And to have colleagues and a management structure who are all supporting me in this change? My family and I are all truly, truly blessed.
More in the future as these exciting plans evolve.. but in the meantime..
Hee, hoo! Beep beep! Mobile, mobile, mobile yeah!
Congrats Ward! Don't be a stranger.
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