My fiancee has gotten the position in San Francisco. It’s a huge promotion for her and will mean more money for us (provided that I can find a software engineering job in the software engineering capital of the world). I’m sure that sounds like I’m justifying it, but it could mean a great promotion for me as well. If I had to choose, I wouldn’t be moving, so I have to get that out in the open. Given that the plan is to be out there for 2 years and then get back to Boston, I think I can deal with it.
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[While I’m still waiting to see if I’m moving to San Francisco…]
Back when I bought my Treo 700P, I had a feeling that somehow I’d be forced to give up my grandfathered $10 all-you-can-use data plan. Word was, that with the increased high-speed data network, a new phone would make you get a new plan. I didn’t believe that to be the case. My rationale was that if I buy a new TV (even an HDTV), I don’t have to pay the cable company more per month.
It appears that Sprint’s computers might disagree even though the customer service representative told me that I’d be able to keep the plan I’ve had for 6 years. The computers have conveniently gotten rid of that plan and left me with nothing. So I have about $70+ dollars in data plan charges.
I might be fighting this one for some time.
P.S. By the way, Sprint rebates suck.
There’s no news yet on the possible move away from Boston. I’ll keep you updated, though it will get crazy if we end up moving.
Up until about a week ago, it had never crossed my mind that I might ever live outside of the Boston suburbs. It’s funny how the best laid plans sometimes turn. My fiancee is a finalist in getting a huge promotion – one that would make her working life incredibly better. I may have a connection to get a promotion as well. After all, San Francisco is largely the technology center of the US.
One thing that gets me is that we are both home owners in the area. With the falling market for selling, it doesn’t really make sense to sell. We also both have low interest rates on our places – locked in for 30 years. Buying out in San Francisco is not something we are entertaining. It’s just far too overvalued. Also, because we’d like to come back in a couple of years, renting is just the much better option. The rental market is also looking favorable.
One key thing to consider is the cost of relocation. This calculator at
CNN Money says that I’m going to need to make 25% more than I currently do. It also says that health care and transportation is going to cost me 15% more on average, but for our situation, it will actually be a savings. We may be able to rent without losing too much, but I think it will be a loss.
Of course this is all anticipation. There are a lot of things that need to fall in place tomorrow evening when we find out if she got the job or not.
Well, I guess I learned the first thing in my attempt to be a loan shark. If everyone was always paid back 100% of the time, I suppose everyone would do it. I haven’t lost my money yet, but one of my loans is 15 days late. I’ve heard that if they don’t make the first payment, there’s a good chance that it’s fraud. I’ll keep you updated on this, but it looks like I may have to fight for it.