So I have been offered a job working for the State of Oregon in the State Data Center. I’ll be working for the Department of Administrative Services (aka DAS).

I’m pretty excited about getting to go to work and do technical work.

I am very excited to get to work in an office with a bunch of tech geeks. ¬†Yay! I am hoping that, since there is such a large group of people (10 or so in my team, 60 in the whole department) that I’ll be able to make some friends at work and begin building my network and “tribe” here in Oregon.

I’m a little nervous about joining a group of people that are doing tech work, since I’ve been “out of the game” for quite a while. I’m confident that I’ll get up to speed, it is just going to take some time. My focus, as I understand it, is going to be on wireless networking which is something I haven’t worked with professionally all that much. Lots to learn, which is fantastic.

I am a little concerned because I have heard some rumblings that DAS isn’t well liked across all of the agencies that is supports. I don’t know if that’s just at the high level, or if there is real tension on the ground. I usually get along well with most people, so I don’t think that will be a huge problem on a daily basis. Time will tell.

The big upside, the really big upside, of course is that I’m going to be bringing in a paycheck again. I’m not making as much money as I want, but it does pay well enough that Leslie and I will be able to get our debts paid off, re-build our savings and retirement, buy gifts for our friends and family again and HAVE FUN without freaking out about it!

Here we go!



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