Preparing for the Wedding meant I did not have the time to attend and my ticket was sadly turned in. Rob Zelt who I know from Raleigh posted a short review: http://www.robzelt.com/blog/PermaLink.aspx?guid=bbd1572c-853c-404e-b68e-bdc389a8c9fd
This is the new feed: http://dotnetworkaholic.com/blog/rss.aspx
Why the move? This arrived in my mailbox about a month ago:
Application Type: I140 , IMMIGRANT PETITION FOR ALIEN WORKER
This case has been approved. On February 22, 2005, an approval notice was mailed.
In plain English that means after three years of doing short term dev jobs through a Consulting firm I am now free to work for anyone. So after almost twelve years of consulting I have decided to give a permanent position a try. It appears that in the USA contractors are mostly hired to clean up existing code – that is enjoyable to a point but I would like my own team and a green field again. It is tempting to return to Accenture or Deloitte but travel is not the thing to do after my Wedding next month. I intend to still take short term contracts until the right permanent role comes along.
Hence the blog url has changed before I start sending out resumes. The old dotnetworkaholics link still works, (this is pretty simple to do with .Text).
Finally a few personal notes on the Wedding; everybody seems to ask this (if not they probably think it):
- My Green Card is all through my own merits (having a Masters degree from a top notch University made this a breeze to obtain)
- Do I automatically become a citizen because I marry a US citizen next month? No! Frankly I wish to keep my UK passport – no offence to Americans but I would rather keep the option of returning to Europe open – health care and any other form of welfare in the USA is terrible if you hit hard times. I have heard too many stories of middle class families ending up on skidrow over here. To a European the lack of a welfare state is terrifying, especially with healthcare insurance caps and the rate everyone sues each other over here
This is great to see. Not wishing to stir the waters with my Java/ Linux buddies I will say no more; you can read all about it at the Beeb or Google it: