Hello fans,
I quit my job in April to take a better one with higher pay. But that only lasted a month. They gave me a new company car but they wanted me to drive it too much, and I started living the same rat race life that many of you live. Sorry, not gonna be able to do it..
I didn't work for about three months, ran out of money almost got evicted, then, when the pressure was on, I wrote a cover letter bragging about myself the way I normally do here. It got me the job, the cover letter alone. Now I'm working on the IT staff for a 6,000 employee company with offices all over the US.
Here's the problem. After only one single month of working for them, (and thanks to a timely resignation of the top networking guy) they already want to ship me out to Cali where I will be THE West Coast IT guy with projected sales of $267 million in Cali alone.
Of course I know I can do it, and I have no fear and no doubts in my mind that I will succeed. Besides, dog gurus usually end up in either LA or NY, and I always figured I'd end up in NY, just because it was close but now it looks like I'm headed to metro LA (the exactabouts of which I won't divulge...)
And you know what fans? I owe it all to the bike. The reason I have so impressed my new company is because of the fact that I don't spend all my money making automobile and oil companies rich like most of you do, fans...
I spend my money on technology and by doing that, I am able to take massive giant steps in self reinvention while most people trudge along barely improving becasue they are so busy paying for and being enslaved by all their STUFF (more about that in my book).
There are people in the IT staff who have been there for 5, 10, 20, 30 years and I show up and wham blow everybody away in a freakin month! There's gonna be a lot of jealousy and envy.
I have been able to solve vexing and perplexing problems which have sat unresolved for months and I feel no pressure, never get angry or frustrated or lose my cool and I exude the confidence and the attitude that there is not a problem that I can't fix, cause I can do it, in the mix... It drives some of them crazy that I never get flustered.

And I owe it all to the bike (and the money, energy, time and mental and physical fitness it provides for me) as well as the braggadocious cover letter that I wrote which won me the job before the interviews even started.
When I get off
my bike, fans, I'm relaxed and calm and happy and my head is clear. When people get out of their cars they are angry and stressed and then it just piles up as the day goes on...

When my boss was talking me into the move, he wondered why a guy my age rides a bike to work, and I told him it was the secret to my success and briefly explained to him why it was me he was begging to go to Cali and not somebody else.
So anyway, fans, my only concerns are these.
I've got nothing keeping me from leaving. I have designed my life for a moment like this. To be ready when
opportunity knocks or at least when I knock down the damn door, which I have done.
My only concern, of course, is my dogs. They are talking about flying me all over the west from Texas to Hawaii to Oregon sometimes for week at a time... So, for the first time in my life, I may need to invest in doggy day care. But I will try to avoid that at all cost.
Or maybe I'll hire somebody like Malinda to watch them after she gets laid off by Cisco and is begging for money on the street...
Either that, or set up my remote sites so carefully that I will never need to actually go to these places, and that I can do all my work on pcs, servers and routers remotely...
What I might have to do is go out there and get myself a mail order bride or something and have her stay at home and watch the dogs...
I don't know...
I won't put my dogs in a bad situation, though no
matter how good this opportunity is. I haven't officially said yes yet, there is money to talk about and other stuff but my boss knows that I will make him look good
and so do I, and of course they will pay for the whole move if not my first, last and security.. and I
think I have to jump at this and things will work
themselves out.
Anyway, just thinking aloud here, fans,
not going to sign this because I don't want the company to figure out who I am.
alright, that's all...
have a good night and let's all keep quiet about this, shall we?

this is M
live..
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So, for the first time in my life, I may need to invest in doggy day care. But I will try to avoid that at all cost.

Why? Some of them are excellent. The good ones don't just let the dogs run around all day, nor do they crate them all day. They have structured activities - play time, nap time, snack time, pee time, etc. Your dogs would have fun.
Of course, that would only work for long work days, not times when you're away overnight.
Or maybe I'll hire somebody like Malinda to watch them after she gets laid off by Cisco and is begging for money on the street...


If you're going to be making so much money, you could probably hire somebody reputable to stay with them when you're gone. Like a doggie nanny.

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My only concern, of course, is my dogs. They are talking about flying me all over the west from Texas ... life, I may need to invest in doggy day care. But I will try to avoid that at all cost.

Doggie Daycare is not a bad choice...there are poorly run daycares and their are daycares where good behavior is encouraged, bad behavior discouraged and as Leah mentioned, structured activities throughout the day. To bad you are going west...if your dogs were at my daycare they wouldn't want to go home.

BD
My only concern, of course, is my dogs. They are ... But I will try to avoid that at all cost.

Doggie Daycare is not a bad choice...there are poorly run daycares and their are daycares where good behavior is encouraged, ... day. To bad you are going west...if your dogs were at my daycare they wouldn't want to go home. BD

I think good doggie daycares are very good things. Of course like child daycares, there is the good the bad and the ugly. One definitely has to go unannounced to the facility and see how it is run.
Gwen
Why? Some of them are excellent. The good ones don't just let the dogsrun around all day, nor do they crate them all day. They have structured activities - play time, nap time, snack time, pee time, etc. Your dogswould have fun.

As a point of note, most of the dog daycare providers I know won't take intact males.
If you're going to be making so much money, you could probably hiresomebody reputable to stay with them when you're gone.

If he's going to be making so much money, he can afford to rent or buy a house with a decent-sized fenced yard, and pay a dogsitting/walking agency to come in and either walk the dogs or take them outside for playtime mid-day when he's working from home or 3-4x a day when he's away. Additionally, for the times when he's working from home, he could do the reverse of what I did when I changed jobs a couple of months ago - find a place to live which is close enough to his place of work to allow coming home on lunch break.
I say reverse because what I did was job-search no further than 10 miles from home, then pick the closest job offer I got - 2.5 miles, with an hour lunch break.
As a point of note, most of the dog daycare providers I know won't take intact males.

Yup. In this area, the ones that allow free play under supervision do not allow intact dogs unless they are under a certain age. They also require an interview with the dog(s) to make sure that they are dog friendly, and won't require a lot of active management from the staff. And doggie daycare is not going to be cheap. Around here, it runs about $35.00 per day per dog, and an additional $15.00 per day if the dog stays over.
If he's going to be making so much money, he can afford to rent or buy a house with a ... dogs or take them outside for playtime mid-day when he's working from home or 3-4x a day when he's away.

I think that for someone who is going to be away for weeks at a time (which is what I thought Michael was saying), the viable options are to kennel or to have someone stay home with them. I don't know how CA is, but in these parts, a decent kennel runs about $25.00 per dog per day, and walks/play time are extras. For us, it worked out really well, having someone we know and trust stay over and take care of the dogs when we were gone. The price was quite reasonable, and the dogs didn't seem too badly affected by our absence.
Suja
I think that for someone who is going to be away for weeks at a time (which is what I ... is, but in these parts, a decent kennel runs about $25.00 per dog per day, and walks/play time are extras.

The kennel I use here is $15.75/day for large dogs, which is pretty standard for this area. Plus I get a volume discount.

The folks who sold me Image rarely take vacations but when they do they board their crew. 18 dogs last I heard.
For us, it worked out really well, having someone we know and trust stay over and take care of the dogs when we were gone. The price was quite reasonable, and the dogs didn't seem too badly affected by our absence.

With my gang I'm more comfortable boarding them than I would be having someone stay here. The dogs love it, too. I've had some lousy boarding experiences at other kennels, though. It can be tough to find a good boarding kennel, and from what I've heard it's difficult to find a good petsitter, too.

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The kennel I use here is $15.75/day for large dogs, which is pretty standard for this area. Plus I get a volume discount.

I just looked up a bunch in CA. Some seem pretty fancy, and the prices reflect that ($60,00 per day!). The ones at the reasonable end of the spectrum were in the low 20s, with some discount for a second dog.
With my gang I'm more comfortable boarding them than I would be having someone stay here.

Because of her SA, I don't think Pan'll do well in a kennel. Both my dogs knew the person who dogsat for me, and I trusted her to make good calls if that became necessary. Khan's obedience instructor also dogsits, and I would definitely trust her with both my dogs.

Suja
Because of her SA, I don't think Pan'll do well in a kennel.

I think it depends on the dog, the kennel, the kennel layout, etc. I don't have any dogs with separation anxiety but Cinder can get into some kind of mischief if she's not getting enough exercise (which in her case is considerable exercise). She recently shredded my copy of "Dog Locomotion and Gait Analysis." I'm trying to decide whether it was a random choice or if she knew what she was doing. The kennel is a safe space.
Both my dogs knew the person who dogsat for me, and I trusted her to make good calls if that became necessary. Khan's obedience instructor also dogsits, and I would definitely trust her with both my dogs.

I think it ultimately comes down to finding someone you trust, either way. I know a couple who had someone come in to petsit their cats while they were away, and the petsitter wasn't exactly attentive and one of the cats died.
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"I know it's hard work ... I see on the TV screens how hard it is" George W Bush, on Iraq
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