Whirlwind update

Yeah – not like there hasn't been like a million things happen since the last entry.

The following are roughly in chronological order

  • My Grandfather turned 90 and we all had a party for him
  • My family converged on Calgary for this party
  • We went up to the cabin in the Shuswaps and had a great time
  • Mum and Dad went to Vernon to visit old friends Mike and Jane
  • Lisa and I cut short our trip to Vancouver and Nelson to help with transport back from Vernon
  • She returns to Oman and prepares to return to Adelaide
  • The trip to Cuba goes haywire when the company threatens not to send Lisa to Cuba with me
  • The company's policy changes to reflect my demands
  • Since I am scheduled to be in Spain for the Factory Acceptance Testing for the Cuban project, I am asked to perform a demonstration to a prospective customer while I am there
  • The demonstration is actually a certification so that our company can be on the approved vendor list so that we might bid for the upcoming upgrade project
  • The customers are Saudi Aramco, and the upgrade project could be the single biggest project my company has ever done.
  • There is not a single backup of the previous demonstration system used for the previous certification
  • We have 2 weeks to have the system operational, and at that point there is no hardware or RTUs to use
  • I plan to arrive in Spain Saturday August 12th.
  • Mum's cardiologist scheduled valve replacement surgery for Monday August 21st.
  • I make the decision to still go to Spain, and then Lisa and I will go to Adelaide.
  • A friend at work asks me if he should forward my name to a company in Australia that is currently hiring.
  • I say sure.
  • The company from Australia call me and we have a preliminary interview on the phone.
  • We leave to Spain the next day.
  • First day in Spain, I get a head cold that knocks me flat the whole day.
  • Lisa explores Madrid, and visits the museums and parks.
  • The hardware doesn't arrive until the night of Friday August 18th. The demonstration is supposed to start Monday August 21st.
  • Lisa and I leave Spain for Adelaide Saturday August 19th.
  • Mum is admitted into Ashford Sunday August 20th.
  • Lisa and I arrive in Adelaide Monday August 21st.
  • Mum emerges from surgery later that day, and from then until now is on a steady path of recovery.
  • I call the company in Melbourne and inform them that since I'm here, maybe we cold set up an interview.
  • They agree.
  • Lisa and I travel to Melbourne Monday August 28th.
  • The interview on Tuesday goes very well, they ask me to come back the next day.
  • They offer me the job in Perth.
  • Lisa and I deliberate for about half an hour.
  • We decide to take the job in Perth.
  • I sign papers and shake hands and walk out the door as an employee of Tusc.
  • We return to Adelaide 2 hours later, and break the news.

That's about it so far. We left Adelaide on Sunday September 3rd, overnight-ed in Singapore then arrived in Calgary Tuesday September 4th.

I tendered my resignation today. Now it's gonna start getting interesting.

One thought on “Whirlwind update”

  1. And in Perth no less – congratulations and I hope you guys are very happy.
    Don't be a stranger….
    Saw Manuel Mesa in Houston last week – he travelled here on a project with PEMEX..
    He told me of two kidnappings that went awry (in the last six months) One after they paid the ranson, and they were thrown out of the house they lived in (since 1988) close to La Salina (near the club remember?)
    Its certainly not the Venezuela we knew and loved..
    Anyway – keep rocking

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