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I am back on the mainland and blogging from Seattle with South Austin in the rearview mirror. Don't worry Virgin Island fans, I will most certainly be back in the Caribbean for visits if not full-time. And I'm sure St. Thomas will creep it's way into many future posts. For now, it's all about living in the Pacific Northwest!

June 6, 2010

I'm in South Austin y'all

My last on the books charter was finished and the season in St. Thomas was winding down. My roommate took a job in Vegas and with it the lease and my access to wheels. I was anxious and concerned about my next paycheck, a feeling that I have become all too familiar with over the past two years.  That feeling is downright full court depressing at its worst and uncomfortable at best.  I left Sublime and got on a plane headed for Texas to sleep in my very own bed while I worked through a new plan.

As I cradled my head in a mountain of pillows, sprawled diagonally in 500 thread count sheets, I think through my options. Since there is no yacht captain or crew agency blowing up my phone begging me to come to the Mediterranean for the season, I could fly to Palma and beat down their hatches... Probably not.  Although Greece and Turkey are both still on my top 5 destination list. I could keep hounding the crew agencies for something over the summer in Florida or maybe the Northeast. I try to give this last idea some actual thought but find I can't do it. My mind keeps wondering if the same amount of effort wouldn't be better applied to keep me here in Austin. Here in my awesome condo and comfortable bed. The job market is showing signs of life. I have a handful of friends who have found jobs but there are still many more that have not.  I got a call from a recruiter the other day. No kidding.  There wasn't an actual job involved but I took it as a good sign that he was at least following up to make sure he had my most current resume on file which is something no one had bothered to do in quite some time.  Over the last two years, I was RIFD three times, stapled papers for the IRS, saw the death of my Mother and my beloved pet of twenty years, and was somehow able to make it through without losing my dignity, my sense of humor, or my condo. I love the Caribbean and I will always go back to it. I have been going back there consistently for the better part of ten years now.  The Caribbean has always been my back up plan. I wonder now why I think of it as a back up plan? It sure would be nice to settle down for a good stretch in one place.  I think of Austin as my home and the Caribbean as my back up plan. I had almost made up my mind or had I? You gotta go where you can work and it was feeling like Austin wasn't ready to welcome me home just yet.  Then I got another call and this one was about a job. A very real job here in my very own fair city.  "There is an opening with the State of Texas" one of my old bosses says to me, "I think you should apply".  I did and a brief interview later, I am employed by the Great State of Texas!

Better still, my office is in beautiful downtown Austin with a view of the Capital building, Texas Chili Parlor is downstairs, and is exactly 2.2 miles away from my condo! There are some new additions and improvements to my '04 neighborhood as well and I have been reacquainting myself with some old favorites... KVET's free music series at Hill's Cafe, a great night with Rhett Miller unplugged at Shady Grove, buckets of beer at Alamo Drafthouse, and walks on Town Lake.

Although the temperature already feels like August, I am happy to have the whole summer in front of me. Most of all, it feels good to be home.

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