Sunday, September 21, 2008

Moving to Denver!

For many months now, I've stayed mum about my career plans -- and, relatedly, about Becky's, Loyette's and my geographic future -- here on the blog. There are various reasons for this, and I don't intend to break my silence entirely. I've become increasingly committed to maintaining a near total separation between my professional life and this blog, as much as possible.

However, there is one major piece of news that I can now reveal: We're moving to Denver next month!

To be more precise, we're moving at the end of next month, and I'll be starting a new job in early November. And that's about as much detail as I'm prepared to reveal here. :) But suffice to say, I'm very happy, and we're looking forward to this new adventure. Between Becky and me combined, it'll be our 12th move in the last six years -- and, hopefully, our last major, cross-country move for the foreseeable future. We're ready to put down roots and stop wandering!

I hasten to add that Becky and I have absolutely loved our time in Knoxville, and seriously considered staying here. In fact, though I haven't mentioned this here before, I actually took and passed the Tennessee Bar in February, so we'd have that option. (And let me tell you, studying for a bar exam when you have a full-time job and a one-month-old at home is not fun.) As a result, I'm actually licensed in two states: Colorado, which you already knew, and Tennessee. But, as things have worked out, it's in Colorado that I'll be starting my practice, and we're both thrilled about it.

Unfortunately, because of Colorado's 30-day residency requirement for voting, we will not be able to cast our presidential ballots in the nation's most important swing state -- the one that will probably decide the election -- even though we'll be living there on Election Day. ARGH!! Instead, we'll have to do "early voting" here in Tennessee. So, McCain fans rejoice: our Obama votes will be wasted in the deep-red Volunteer State. Harumph. (I've researched this, and trust me, there are no loopholes. Unless we're Colorado residents by October 5, we can't vote there on November 4.)

Speaking of the election: As part and parcel of starting my new job and adopting a new routine in a new place, there will be some major changes to my blog presence in the days immediately following November 4. I'll have more to say about that later, as I work the details out. But, in general terms, I will be doing something more closely resembling the "cold turkey" quitting-the-blog scenario that I originally envisioned back in June, before it got bogged down with all sorts of exceptions and such. But again, more on that later. And you'll at least still have me to kick around until the election. :)

P.S. Please don't ask job-related or career-related questions in comments. They won't be answered, and will most likely be deleted. If you want to know about that stuff, you can e-mail me, and I might respond. But my "no blogging about work" rule -- past, present, and future -- is in full force.