Quit my job in Chicago
My family will be moving to Michigan, so I had to quit my job located in Downtown Chicago. The timing was pretty aweful. The team was starting a new project, using micro-services. Unfortunate for me I had to leave before the coding began. I was not too happy about this. It was a big great opportunity for my career, and I just have to miss it. And the job was too short, I only worked there for about nine months. And I loved the pay, the work and the people. This is the first time I have admitted that I like a job. Everyone liked me there also. It was very hard for me to say good bye to the place.
Bought a House in Michigan
Shortly after we knew we are going to Michigan, we started shopping for houses right away. The search started in Feb 2018, and found a house with just one visit. The way we have done it is isolating the search areas to best school districts, and find suitable living quarters within these area. The search criteria are a list of Fengshui requirements: front door cannot face north; there should be no tree blocking the front door; there should be no road leading directly to the front door, and quite a few other criteria. Once a house met these criteria, we just decided to but it. The financing was a bit tricky. We were not able to secure a conventional loan from the bank because we don't have a first-month pay stub from jobs in Michigan. So I had to sell some of my stocks to pay for the whole thing. This is when I did a check, and found that I was more or less a millionaire. Anyways, the financing I have done is in a haste, when 2019 comes, I will have to pay a lot of tax. What made me feel better is that recently bullish stock market actually helped me recovered some of these tax payment. And a new job in pure Michigan also helped out a little.
Found a new job in Pure Michigan
As for getting a new job. It was not very easy. The job market is a sparse one. My usual trick was not working. So I had to make some extra effort. And it paid off. I was able to get a new job with equivalent pay in Grand Rapids. It is a long drive each day, but it was worth it. The job fits my skill set, and the project is something I am interested to do. It is definitely worth my effort. For the past few years, I have not treat the jobs I found with care. This time it will be different, I will treat it as important as it should be and I hold on to it as long as I can. I am very grateful that I have this job.
I have been to work for almost two weeks now. Everyday, I get up around 6:30AM, have a little breakfast, then I would drive an hour for 60 some miles to office. The drive is a bit tough especially with a bad back. And there is no good radio to listen to. The last 20 minutes of the drive was always a bit tiring. By the time I get to the office, I feel like I can sleep for two hours. I just go straight to work. The drive back to home is the same thing. There is no good radio to listen to. I tried to keep the speed at 65 to 70 MPH. And I get 40-42 MPG on the little car I drive.
The new house
I have live in the new house for almost two weeks. It is a fantastic place. It is very big. It took me over 90 minutes to mow the whole lawn. The process made me very tired. Note to myself, next time eat dinner first, then mow the lawn. That will make the process a little easier. I am looking forward to the next time when I have to do this. It just feels very nice to clean a huge lawn from beginning to end. Behind the house is the elementary school, and middle school. There is a huge field. And there are quite a few tennis courts. There are mulberry trees. The fruits were maturing right now. But does not taste that good. When I ran, I would stop and pick a few and eat. I also saw some wild berries, and I don't know if they are edible. I left those alone. Back to the house. It is pretty good. I love every minute I spent in it. I wish I can spend more time in it, a whole day, doing nothing but sit in my house, just enjoy it.
There are things I need to fix. I need to replace the sediment filter for the water system. The main bedroom fan has a remote control. It is no where to be found. I am going to try a universal remote control. If it does not work, I will return the remote control and replace the whole fan. The elecric generator supposed to have a key, it is no where to be found. I have to call the company to request a new key. The sprinkle system is nt working, no idea how much it takes to fx it. Right now, there are a lot of raining, so I am going to delay this as long as I can. Still I am very happy. The reasonI guess is that I feel I have drifted for so long finally I was able to settle. Since I had this house, I felt a lot more peaceful. I am still stressed about the moving. Hopefully, I will be a lot more relaxed soon.
The reason I am stressed is that I have to put one third of life saving into the house, and I am a little short on cash. In addition, I have to lose a job, a source of income. With these, sometimes I woould think of the worst. I have not saved much in the past four years, then this. The reality is not as bad as I think, but assumption of the worst always makes me very nervous.
Time to end this post
I spent several days working on this post. I just want to leave a record of what went down in the past six months. The job I had in downtown Chicago was a short one. I loved it very much. And leaving it like tearing a piece of flesh out of me. It is a very important lesson, I can't run from jobs frequently. I must settle, have a normal job and life for a while.
What is more important is that I need to learn having fun while living a life that is below my standards of having a fun life. It is something I didn't learn. I am going to learn how to do this.