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Update and a very cool music video



What? Weird Al is one of the coolest people around. The writers on my f-list should appreciate this one. :D

Okay... and now for the update. Which is overdue.

Some of you are aware of this because I emailed you given how often we're in contact. The rest... get to hear it now. I'm moving from the Austin, TX area to the Phoenix, AZ area. I got a new job as a chess coach, teaching elementary school children.

Yes, it's possible to make a living that way, and I'm excited. I'll be living there within two weeks, starting training a few days later, and will be teaching at the end of August. Which means my current job ends a week from yesterday.

Leaving my cohorts and bosses is saddening because I've made good friends and the bosses I have are awesome. The regulars... some I will miss a lot, and some I'm fine with leaving to others. I've been slowly letting the regulars know, and I can tell some will miss me a lot.

It's the end of an era, although it might not mean I completely leave food and beverage. I'm looking into getting a steakhouse job to earn some extra money until I become completely self-sufficient by teaching.

Now the biggest challenge? Packing into ONE car. My new car. Yes, it's cool. I can finally hook up my smartphone and iPod to my car with nothing more than a USB cord. I love it, and it's gotten great feedback from my coworkers who've seen it. And I don't mind not dealing with a car that overheats when I idle too long in the Austin summer heat. Yeah, no way that car was going to Phoenix.

So... now the packing goes on. While I keep going with making everything go on schedule. And still working on Camp NaNo. So this could mean some of my stories will be coming a bit later than usual. They are coming, and I will likely have more time to write.

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dm12
Jul. 16th, 2014 01:32 pm (UTC)
Ooh... best of luck to you on your move and new career!

I don't envy you the packing part and trying to fit everything into your car. Tetris is fun... We fit a lot more into my car (minivan) than we thought we could, my kids kept saying it was bigger on the inside (I think even my husband passed a comment like that once). You might consider renting a trailer if you can't fit everything, depending on if you can attach it to your car.

Anyway, good luck and keep us posted when you can.
tkel_paris
Jul. 16th, 2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
As much as a trailer might be handy, I've never driven a car dragging one before. Now is not the time to start. And besides, it's going to be a lesson in how little I actually need.

Thank you. All future updates will be friend-locked, just for the record.
cannibalilly
Jul. 16th, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks to the GEMA, I can't watch the video *sigh* I've given up using YT in this country.

Anyway! Everyone seems to be moving. That's great, I hope your new bosses & students will be just as nice. And yay for the new car, I see why an AC can be useful in the south.
tkel_paris
Jul. 16th, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
What's the GEMA? Sounds like a sour note on anyone's day. :(

I like my boss, and I like the coworkers I've met so far. I do well around kids, so I'm hopeful. And yes, a working AC is critical. Especially in Arizona summers. (Just look up the climate to see why.) :)

And thank you.
cannibalilly
Jul. 17th, 2014 02:46 pm (UTC)
Yup, that pretty much sums it up. It's an organisation in Germany making sure you cannot listen to any kind of music you haven't paid for. So 70% of every YT video gets block, the others are either covers or low quality so they cannot find them.

Sounds promising! I have heard a few stories by my acting partner who's an exchange student from the American south(don't ask me from where exactly, because my memory is terrible D:). She told me a few things about the heat there, but I guess I'll have to experience it for myself at least once *hopes*
tkel_paris
Jul. 18th, 2014 04:13 am (UTC)
Ah. Lovely. :(

Yeah. And there's still too much to do. :/ Do make travel to that kind of environment a part of your to-do list. :)
alimoseby
Jul. 17th, 2014 05:43 am (UTC)
Oooo. I was born in Phoenix. I have some family still there. I do not envy you the summers though. I hated the heat. My aunt says this year has been decent on haboobs, but there has been some monsoon activity. I think it'll still be monsoon season if you're moving in a couple weeks. I think July 3rd was the last big monsoonal storm that caused flash flooding in the streets that they had. I also would recommend carrying thick dish towels in the car, for touching the steering wheel and gear shift with until the A/C cools the car down.

That video is the best ever. Weird Al should be given some huge award for it. =D

tkel_paris
Jul. 17th, 2014 12:35 pm (UTC)
Aw... SharkDavid! :D

I feel that the weather of the Pacific Northwest is still my fave. Just haven't yet managed a way to live there again. It's a great opportunity, so I'm going to make the most of it.

Dish towels? Thank you for the tip. I'll be looking for a good heat shield (that doesn't have edges that fray off and make a mess - been there TWICE with that before) and perhaps a seat cover. It'll be more important because I use a back support and a seat cushion to make driving more comfortable.

Isn't it great? Some of his stuff could be used as teaching material. :D
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