Nearly a year since I’ve written anything…shame on me. The last time I wrote about what was going in my life in June of 2007, I was on the cusp of finding a new job and looking for a new place to live. Now I reside in Montana! But I’m getting ahead of myself.
I interviewed, was hired, and started work on July 3rd, 2007 at Del Amo Motorsports in Redondo Beach, CA to be their (sole) “IT Guy”, but more specifically a Systems Administrator. I commuted faithfully for a couple of months before landing a fabulous but tiny 1 bedroom apartment in North Redondo Beach, about two miles from my employer. Del Amo was less than an ideal place to work for, unfortunately, however I don’t regret the valuable lessons and character building opportunities I was afforded. But enough about that. By January ’08 I decided I didn’t want to work there anymore and began looking at/applying to other jobs in L.A. again. After a disheartening few weeks of no replies or callbacks, a lofty thought popped into my head: I wonder if there are any good jobs available in Montana? In the meantime I continued my faithful work at Del Amo.
Fast forward to April 19th: I’m boarding a Canadair Regional Jet headed for Kalispell, MT to interview at two large corporations in the Flathead Valley. Only days before, I’d attended the beautiful wedding of two of my best friends, Sean and Sheena. It was truly a blessing and unique experience, albeit bittersweet, that I will always cherish.
As I sat, praying, at 30,000 feet on my way to Glacier International Airport, I remained at peace yet hopeful and expectant that God would make it abundantly clear whether Montana lay in my near future. After a whirlwind of more phone interviews, emails back and forth, and huge amounts of prayer (family included! Thanks, mom and dad), I received an offer I couldn’t refuse from my current employer, Semitool. As the saying goes, timing is everything, and my last day of work ended up being May 15th, just a couple days before my birthday. After packing like a madman and seeing friends and family one last time in two (somewhat emotional) birthday gatherings the following weekend, I hit the road. On the way there, I took a few photos and you can take a gander at them here if you’re interested.
More to come later…