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New job!

Monday, October 26th, 2009

My wife and I both started new jobs today. How’s that for amazing? This also marks my return to bicycle commuting. Here are a few thoughts about both my job and my commute.

The Job

I started a new job today, as a Web Developer at the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands. According to their Web site:

The Eppley Institute is dedicated to meeting the needs of park, recreation, and public land organizations. As a unit of Indiana University’s Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, Eppley combines academic expertise with real-world experience to design practical solutions that work.

I will be working on various projects including building e-courses and working on their Web site, and any other projects that come up.

Those who have been following my blog for a while, or who know me personally, know that I got laid off back in December. At that time, I started my own Web Development consulting company. I decided running my own business wasn’t for me, so I started looking for other options … and ended up at Eppley.

On my first day, I managed to completely hose the copy of Windows XP on my computer (the classic hal.dll not found error). Probably fixable, but my boss suggested another option … so now the machine is running a shiny new copy of Windows 7.  My first impression? Well, I’m not too impressed. However, I’m told that I can install Linux on my workstation if I want — which I just might do. I think it’s going to be very cool to be in an environment that’s not completely Microsoft-centric.

The Commute

I ran my consulting business out of our apartment, so I missed being able to commute by bicycle. Oddly enough, my new commute is nearly identical to the one I had at my last job. Completely identical, in fact, except for the last turn. The distance is about the same — a little under three miles each way. Not an epic commute by any means, but I ride year-round, in all conditions, so things can still get pretty interesting. And, I’m a little more committed to riding every day than I was before, because we are a single-car family and my wife will be using the car to drive to her new job. Previously, she was in school and rode the bus to work, which meant I always had the car as a backup option. I didn’t use it much, but it sort of functioned as a safety net.

10 Responses to “New job!”

  1. Doug Says:

    When my wife and I relocated to Duluth back in 2001 we both started our new jobs on the same day. And we both are still at the same jobs almost 8 years later. I’m not sure that’s good or bad? Anyway…..congrats on the new jobs. I’m happy it’s working out for the two of you.

    We are also a one-car household and my wife needs her car for work. That means I never have the option of driving to work. It’s also why I have a perfect consecutive days bicycle commuting record of two years (that is, if you don’t count the 4 months I was laid up and rehabbing my broken arm last winter).

  2. Chris Says:

    Congrats to you both! These are times to celebrate having a job with a special intensity.

  3. Jeremy Says:

    Congrats on the new job! I’m assuming you commute on the trucker? My commute is about 3 miles also, and it’s kind of nice not to have anything too drastic. Even when I wear a winter hat (touque as we say in Canada) you can hardly tell I was slogging in on a bicycle.

    Cheers.

  4. Dave Says:

    Welcome back, and congrats on the new job! Good luck without the safety net… that can be harrowing.

  5. Jon Grinder Says:

    Congrats on the new job. And, welcome back to the world of bicycle commuting.

    You should be fine without the safety net. I’ve ridden 17 miles (round trip) every work day for the past 2-1/2 years, here in Denver, with few problems. It’s all just a matter of preparation, when the weather is less than optimal, and you seem to be pretty good at that.

  6. Bill Lambert Says:

    Way to go! Sounds like your new job will be right up your alley, er, bike path. Glad to hear Sarah found a job also.

  7. Tim Says:

    thus begins the next adventure. good luck!

  8. Ray Says:

    Good for you both!

  9. Apertome Says:

    Jeremy: no, I have not been riding the Trucker. It’s too nice — I can’t bring myself to put it through that kind of abuse. Sort of funny, given that I ride it on all kinds of gravel roads and even some trails. But nothing destroys a bike quite like being banged around on bike racks, riding in rain/snow on a daily basis, and being left outdoors. I’m not sure I can do that to the Trucker.

  10. Chandra Says:

    hi michael,
    congrats and good luck with the new job!
    happy trails!!
    peace 🙂
    -chandra…

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