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There Are Things I Should Do

And I'm not going to do them today. It's late, and I'm just catching up with the Must Be Dones for the day that couldn't be done because I was in a room. Could have been worse, was a good crew to work with today.

So, because for some reason it's visible here (and not on my laptop, go figure)...

Poll #603859 WTF Should I Do?

Mad Shutterbug has 24.49 years of service in with Hospital. Should he:

Finish up the 30, take the money, and run?
Say "Thanks, it's been good to know you," and find another job?
Look cross-eyed at all surgeons who ask him to do something?
Go home and eat dinner, tomorrow is another day?
Who's Mad Shutterbug?

If you selected #1 above, it's because:

30 is a nice, round number?
30 is 3 x 10 which is 3 x 2 x 5 which are all prime numbers?
Dunno, just seemed like a good idea at the time?
It's always good to take the money and run.
Pirates! Aarrrh!

If you selected #2 above, Mad Shutterbug should:

Find a job that actually pays him to be a Mad Shutter-bug.
Find a job on the East Coast.
Find a job on the West Coast.
Find a job that actually pays money.
Go on unemployment.



( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 2nd, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
I want you here:P
Nov. 2nd, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
Aw, babe, this is too complicated to answer in a poll.

What does MadShutterbug WANT to do?

If you want to find a job that pays you to be a mad shutterbug, then it probably would be prudent to grit your teeth and stick out the 4-1/2 years. If you want to stay in the field, it depends on whether you want to put the pension into education, or whether getting a more satisfying, better-paying position. If you don't care about conventional retirement and plan to keep working, then you might as well move to something you like better.

Re East Coast vs. West Coast, the pay is higher in coastal cities but so is the cost of living. I'd really advise against giving up the ranch; what you sell it for in Florida won't buy you a three-bedroom house in the Seattle area. You could get a house in the boondocks or on one of the islands; it'd be a tedious commute, but do-able, and you'd need that kind of space for the dogs and cats anyway. I don't see them as apartment dwellers.

There were some weather constraints that R. had; that's something to think about. The west coast is warm (although getting violent lately) but California is expensive; Western Washington and western Oregon are chilly and damp a lot of the time; the other side of the mountains are arid and have four seasons with hot summers and cold winters.

You could probably do very well in San Diego; La Jolla is a med-tech center and wages are good there...but the cost of living is astronomical as well. Still, that'd be my choice of where to move. But that's because the warm dry weather makes it possible for me to be ambulatory.

Or Arizona, for that matter. If you can stand the heat.
Nov. 2nd, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
I have some weird sentence fragments in the above...but you know what I mean, right?
Nov. 3rd, 2005 07:34 am (UTC)
:::raises hand in san diego::::
cost of living is beyond astronomical. my mother, in hawai'i, is paying less for things that we make here. her gas is even cheaper. and we're the ones with the refineries.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
Re: :::raises hand in san diego::::
I know. I'm personally stil interested in SD, though, because Forbes actually lists Seattle as more expensive once you take things like housing prices and salaries into account: and the kicker for me is that the weather in SD makes me feel human enough so that I can work. So even with the higher cost of living, we would do much better if I were able to work.

That isn't an issue for Shutterbug...although the weather might be a significant issue for Lady MadShutterbug.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: :::raises hand in san diego::::
weather is a bit of an issue. we're going from very hot days to very cold nights. for the most part, it's nice. very nice. hardly enough rain for my liking but still good.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
Re: :::raises hand in san diego::::
Ah, the weather is just going out of its mind everywhere.

Where in SD are you? Inland or coast makes a big difference.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC)
Re: :::raises hand in san diego::::
right by the stadium. literally. okay about a couple of mesas.

we get the winds off of ocean right up mission valley so we're fairly cool most of the time.
Nov. 2nd, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
I am trying hard not to say, "Yes! You should go improve the quality of service and information technology at the UW!" simply because it'd be cool to have you here.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
Yup, I do know what you mean, and I hear you about UW. I also know this is way too complicated for a poll. It just felt like the thing to do, wrapping up a long day with some frustrations about the current state of affairs.

Besides, ya never know, might even (DID!) get some good feedback.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 07:33 am (UTC)
so i don't follow directions well... but i liked the answers and i'm sticking to them.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 07:37 am (UTC)
Re: okay...

And I appreciate the down-to-earthiness of one of the answers. :-)
Nov. 3rd, 2005 07:49 am (UTC)
Re: okay...
in all seriousness, you should do what you love as well as do what you have to do. if you can make it to the 30 years without killing your soul, then yes...it would be a good plan. but take care of yourself in this. in all things.
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