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Working for 20 years as a Manufacturing Engineer for various Aerospace companies the only 3D programs I had any interaction with were CATIA, Solidworks, AutoCad and NCAD so it is no surprise Blender is a new world. I love it! I also enjoy most outdoor activities, fishing, hiking, camping etc. Most music and College Football (UW Huskies!). Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii.

First Full Week

Last week was my first full week here in Thomasville, GA. Finding an apartment has been a challenge. I have found apartments I like and would love to live but they have no vacancies.

Work has been good. I get along with everyone but find one a bit annoying and another a little strange. I think the strange one may have some sort of tic, not sure what to call it quite yet. The other is a time watcher. Every time I leave he will look at his watch and wonder why I’m leaving. I think it comes from his 30+ years in the military. People can’t leave before he does even though he has no idea when I come in. For note, I come in at leas one and a half to two hours before anyone else.

Anyway things have actually been fun so far and look forward to quite a few years here.

started the new job

As of last Tuesday I have started the new Job. There is not much in the way of training (software etc.). This is Monday of the second week and the person that had been training me is on vacation for the week but I think for what he wants me to do I’m going to be good for the week. Let’s hope so.

This next question is “When do I get paid”?

The strange thing here is there are no time sheets to log what you have been working on, how long you were working on the project or how long you worked for the day. Very strange to me.

New job and travel

Started the trip to Thomasville, GA for the new job on Saturday and within a couple hours I had to head back home because of the flight delays into Dallas.

Sunday I tried again. This time the flight to Dallas went off without a hitch but the flight to Tallahassee, FL was delayed:

  1. The arriving plane was late
  2. The cleaning crew damaged the aisle exit lights and the plane could not leave in that condition.

I was the last to board the aircraft. This was because when they notified us of the maintenance issue I found a spot to turn on the computer and check some email and just happened to look over and see people boarding. I did not hear them call for boarding. I was in fact the last person to board.

Arrival in Tallahassee should have gone smooth but my bags arrived the day before and the American Airlines app said my bags were with Baggage services. The were closed and would not be there until our plane’s baggage unloading was complete. I guess they didn’t think all the bags in their little room would not require people to retrieve ‘before’ the current plane’s baggage was unloaded. After30+ minutes she finally showed up and lo and behold my bags were not there. They were at the main baggage lock-up. I just asked her to deliver my bags to the hotel.

I proceeded to get a taxi and travel to the hotel in Thomasville, GA. I arrive at the hotel at 1:30am Monday morning and I am to start work in 7hrs.

The hotel/room is nothing to write home about and while I was on the phone with Carrie a roach was walking across the dresser right toward me. I decided right then and there I’m not staying in the room and Carrie sure and heck is not.

I got up the next morning trying to find Uber, nothing; all cabs I had found around the area to use, nothing. I was tired and made arrangements to start Tuesday, maybe my bags would have arrived and I could change.

Adventure starts Wednesday

Packing is almost complete, more in the kitchen to pack than I remembered. Bedroom, closet and bathroom took hardly any time.

Chris is sending me a dinner on Monday for my birthday which is Tuesday and I fly out on Wednesday at noon. Hotel will cost me about 83.00/night and is five miles from work. I will be using the Thomasville County Area Transit service to get to work and back, five to ten miles is $3.00 and with the senior discount (55+) it is only $1.50! Everything seems to be working out great.

Looks like I picked out a wedding set

Carrie’s ring came in on Friday and it is too big. I used the size she gave me, but it looks like things are going to be better. I found a three pcs set on Etsy today and sent her the picture and she about had a heart attack she loved them so much. I sent her to the web page, and she kept scrolling through the pictures. Look.

Turqoise Wedding Set
I told Carrie I will not be specific but will know the set when I see it.



I’m starting to pack things up today, starting with the living room. Get the TV stand and end table cleaned out and fill up a box with the remaining stuff. Then pack up the Christmas village and it should look clean.

Start date given

I was requested for aa start date when I finally got ahold of the HR department of my new employer and that date will be after I fly into Thomasville, GA the day after my birthday. I will fly in on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2021. This should be all right with them giving me plenty of time to get used to the idea of a new job, pack my stuff, apply for an apartment, and get my move arranged.

Once there I will be getting a ticket for Carrie to join me and stay for as long as she would like to.

There are two apartment complexes in Thomasville, GA with another opening in December. I’m considering staying in a hotel until the third complex opens in December. All new construction with new appliances and furnishings.

offer has been accepted

Offer from Whitcraft has been accepted. I had sent an email to Travis about the job and Triumph but had no response, so I called him. He told me HR had concerns he was jumping the gun in not wanting to interviewing other candidates before hiring me. I told him I had an offer and to forget about me and interview others, turning down Triumph for Whitcraft. I’m good with the decision and the time has come to start the move to Thomasville, GA.

After I accepted the offer, I received an email from ADP for setting up my employee account. For such a small company they are very automated in their processes. This onboarding was amazingly easy and straight forward. W4, I9 and direct deposit information all complete. Time to start packing and get the movers on board. I’ll start checking out apartments this week as well. The movers will need an address.

have an offer

I have received an offer from Whitcraft. The offer is for 90,000/year +8,000 for moving expenses. I’m still waiting for an offer from Triumph, but I will need to send an acceptance to Whitcraft by COB today.

If after I send my acceptance and prior to receiving any money from them and Triumph sends me an offer I will tell Whitcraft something came up and I can no longer work for them.

Angie still expects me to help pay for her new place when I get a job. She needs to understand, before she moves, that I will not be helping her.

I had an in-person interview

I had an interview with the Engineering Manager for Whitcraft group a few weeks ago via Zoom and was asked to travel out there for a site visit and more interviews a week ago. Things went well and last week (the week I forgot to post) I received a notice from their HR representative informing me he had received great feedback from the visit and would be sending me a formal offer of employment. This I have not received yet but did receive an email asking for permission to complete a background check. This is good news to say the least.

The same day I left for the trip I had a phone call from Travis Magee at Triumph asking me if I would be interested in a Sr. Analyst position with him. Conversations with him have gone very well and this could translate into a remote position with Triumph and eventually a move back to Dallas. I am hoping very much for the Triumph job because it would not require an immediate move and I could head up to Seattle to see Carrie.

Angie put in an application for HUD, was accepted and then picked out a place last week not thinking how she would be paying for it. She thought it would be around 150.00 per month but it has turned out to be around 400.00. She is thinking I am going to help her to pay for it. When I told her no last week, she started threatening suicide. She came to her senses and called me the next day telling me that she would not hurt her family like that and that she would not be talking to me anymore. That lasted about 5 minutes; seriously. She has not stopped calling me thinking I will change my mind. She does not get the fact I do not have an income at this time and will not give her 1000.00 plus to pay for the down payment, get her car legal etcetera, etcetera. Today she was still under the impression that I would change my mind and when I told her under no circumstances would I give her the money she broke down and started bawling and did not stop until her phone died. When I call her in the morning to get her up for work, I’m sure she will expect me to have changed my mind. I will fill you in later.

Start praying for these jobs, I certanly am.