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« on: June 02, 2015, 12:43:06 AM »

Some of you might recall that my jerb was falling apart at the seams at GoDummy.  Well, two more bosses (9 in total for three years) later and I've resigned that absolutely miserable hole.   Fast forward a month and a half and shazam...I'm moving to Fort Worth.   I've accepted a position as Assistant Director of IT for the City of Fort Worth, and start on the 29th of this month!  

I believe this is the most Texas picture I can find to celebrate:

TEXAS!

(made into a link since it's a larger gif)
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2015, 01:11:35 AM »

Congrats and good luck moving forward!

Say hi to these gentleman for me when you get there slywink

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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2015, 01:32:31 AM »

Great news, congrats!
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2015, 01:39:56 AM »

Welcome to it, amigo! I love Fort Worth. The Uno's in Sundance Square in particular. Mmmmm.... deep dish.....

/Homer drool
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2015, 03:04:23 AM »

You're going to need a gun now.
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2015, 04:51:36 AM »

Quote from: Ironrod on June 02, 2015, 03:04:23 AM

You're going to need a gun now.

More of them?  I have a few, but that sounds hardly adequate for Texas.
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2015, 05:10:37 AM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 02, 2015, 04:51:36 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 02, 2015, 03:04:23 AM

You're going to need a gun now.



More of them?  I have a few, but that sounds hardly adequate for Texas.

Well you'll need some fancier holsters at least. Ones that hang low on the hip so you can quickdraw.
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2015, 05:45:20 AM »

You at least need a truck and a license plate for your truck that says "Truck" on it.


Truck.
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2015, 12:08:50 PM »

You know you have to become a Republican now. Especially if you live in Fort Worth. Its the law there.
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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2015, 05:15:23 PM »

Congrats!!!!!

Though I am sad you didn't come to California.  What was it, the lack of water?  Fear of crazy Asian stalkers?
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« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2015, 04:41:37 AM »

Quote from: SkyLander on June 02, 2015, 05:45:20 AM

You at least need a truck and a license plate for your truck that says "Truck" on it.


Truck.

And truck nutz too.
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« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2015, 01:33:15 PM »

Quote from: Ironrod on June 02, 2015, 03:04:23 AM

You're going to need a gun now.

And a boat...
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« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2015, 02:45:16 PM »

Hit me up when you clear customs, and we can consume some adult beverages at the Flying Saucer.  I haven't been to the one in Fort Worth, but I'd be more than willing to try it, then tote you to the opposite end of the Metroplex to see the one on the lake. 
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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2015, 03:06:25 PM »

You might have to step up your belt buckle game

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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2015, 10:09:42 PM »

Congrats on the new job!  And good luck on the move, that's never a fun prospect but at least you've got the new job already.
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« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2015, 11:09:16 PM »

FYI, for my money the Rodeo Goat is far and away the best burger in Fort Worth.
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« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2015, 02:41:19 PM »

Packing suuuuuuucks.  :/  After packing, painting suuuuuucks.    At least I have a friend who is a real estate agent who can help me sell the place. 
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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2015, 03:42:51 PM »

Packing indeed sucks.  I have 6 days to get the apartment in order before the movers come.  Luckily for me, it's a 20-mile move with a 10-day overlap between access and move-out. 
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Quote from: Scraper on June 02, 2015, 12:08:50 PM

You know you have to become a Republican now. Especially if you live in Fort Worth. Its the law there.

You'd be surprised. It depends on which section of Ft. Worth he moves to. I'm in Plano north of Dallas and always looking for an excuse to hit Ft. Worth. It's a great town but be forewarned: the parking at TCU sucks. They've renovated the campus since I was there and it's unbelievably gorgeous, with a solid stadium. But did they build additional parking? Hell no.
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« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2015, 11:14:09 PM »

So are you here yet?
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« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2015, 03:04:59 AM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 27, 2015, 11:14:09 PM

So are you here yet?

I am!   I'm bidding on a house and should be moved in by mid next month.  I'm gonna be living in south Fort Worth.   So far so good!   biggrin
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« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2015, 05:35:56 PM »

Well, I'm living in Corinth while working in Grand Prairie.  When you get some time, hit me up and we can go grab a drink or something.  I haven't hit the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth yet.  I'm sure it will pale in comparison to the one at the lake, but I'm willing to give it a look. 
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« Reply #22 on: August 11, 2015, 05:57:15 PM »

And even though I'm in Plano, we were at the Ft. Worth Zoo last weekend and it only took me about half an hour to get there via the different highways. I'd love to meet up again anytime, man, though preferably after my renovation is complete. icon_smile
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« Reply #23 on: November 01, 2015, 04:20:50 PM »

Guess it's about time for an update. 

I'm settled into the new job -- about 100 days in at this point.  I'm loving it for the most part.  There are some of the usual government stereotypes (e.g. "retired in place") but I feel like I'm making a pretty big difference here.  The City of Fort Worth hasn't really invested in their people, processes, or infrastructure in about a decade.  Well, my boss started what would end up being the replacement of 75% of the leadership team.  Us "new guys" are all private sector and bringing that sort of discipline to this public sector job.  I have Voice Eng/Ops, Network Eng/Ops, Security Eng/Ops, Radio Services Eng/Ops, Change Control, Data Center Eng/Ops, and Platform Tech (think servers / Exchange, etc.) Eng/Ops all reporting to me, which has allowed me to make pretty broad and sweeping changes to the infrastructure with very little resistance.  And man was it needed....

The core infrastructure for routing and switching is Nortel. The same Nortel that went out of business in January of 2009.  We also have a bunch of T-1 lines (1.544Mbps) as our connectivity for our remote sites, and 1Gbps for connecting City Hall to our disaster recovery site.  We are ripping out the phone system (also Nortel), the network core, the access switches, and everything in between, as well as changing out the load balancers (end of life), our firewalls (end of life), and just about every other piece of equipment.  In addition, we are working with a company to build a fiber optic ring around the city to connect all of our 200+ sites, taking them from a meg and a half to 10Gbps throughout the city.   It's going to literally transform the way this place does business, and I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity.   Now I just have to wrangle all of that work and make it happen safely (and in some cases, simultaneously). 

As for the state itself...yea...Laura and I are gonna be ok, but we don't exactly 'blend' in here.  We aren't overly religious, we don't subscribe to a political party exclusively (instead voting for the best person for the job), and we generally stick to ourselves.  It's been interesting. 

Anyway - we moved into our house.  We are slowly unboxing everything and setting everything up in the new place.  We have had to buy a lot of new things using the proceeds from the sale of the previous house as we are still waiting on the damage from the move.  So far the estimate is over $17,000 worth of damage in total.  If you'd like to see the pictures, they are pretty baffling.  It's still very much work in progress, but it's starting to feel a little like home.  smile
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« Reply #24 on: November 01, 2015, 06:26:03 PM »

Next games marathon is the weekend of the 13th.
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« Reply #25 on: November 02, 2015, 05:26:04 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 01, 2015, 04:20:50 PM

Guess it's about time for an update. 

I'm settled into the new job -- about 100 days in at this point.  I'm loving it for the most part.  There are some of the usual government stereotypes (e.g. "retired in place") but I feel like I'm making a pretty big difference here. 

Congratulations!  That feeling is often worth more than anything (well comprehensive health insurance is great too but you know what I mean)

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« Reply #26 on: November 03, 2015, 03:02:42 AM »

Well for what it's worth, welcome to it brother! Things are settled down a bit over here (in a manner of speaking) so let me know when you might want to meet up some time. I'd love to catch up. What part of the general area did you two settle on?
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« Reply #27 on: November 04, 2015, 01:29:06 AM »

Quote from: whiteboyskim on November 03, 2015, 03:02:42 AM

Well for what it's worth, welcome to it brother! Things are settled down a bit over here (in a manner of speaking) so let me know when you might want to meet up some time. I'd love to catch up. What part of the general area did you two settle on?

Lake Worth area.   Northwest of Fort Worth, about 2 miles from the 820.
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« Reply #28 on: November 05, 2015, 10:39:18 PM »

Don't mind the tornadoes. It's a bit late in the year, but that's Texas.
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« Reply #29 on: December 10, 2015, 10:43:14 PM »

Texas, eh? Sweet
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