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    Cyburbian Plus Salmissra's avatar
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    Getting the Heck out of Dodge

    That's right, folks. I am leaving the Humid City of Houston. I turned in my notice this morning, and will be out of here at the end of the month.

    Why?

    My husband got a great promotion and raise, but in order to take the new position, we have to move back to the Dallas area. I would rather move with him, than stay here and do a commuter marriage. I like my job, but I don't love it anywhere near as much as I love my husband.

    Starting October, I will be living in the Irving area. Any Cyburbians up that way, drop me a line - maybe we can meet for lunch (or better yet - drinks!) while I'm unemployed. Any tips on jobs would be greatly aprpeciated!

    Thanks, Joe, for the tips you've already sent. Lunch is on me.
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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    Cyburbian Plus PlannerGirl's avatar
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    Congrats on the new move and good luck with the job hunt
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    Congrats!

    Good luck on the job search.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Let's not be didactic in this profession, because that is a path to disillusion and irrelevancy.

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    Cyburbian jread's avatar
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    Good for you! I think I'd much rather live in Dallas than Houston.

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    Quote Originally posted by Salmissra
    Thanks, Joe, for the tips you've already sent. Lunch is on me.
    Hmmmm . . . P. F. Chang's is calling me . . .
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    So, it's out of the fire and into the frying pan, eh?

    Congratulations on the good news and best wishes with the job search. Take a little time to enjoy, too -- okay?
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    moderator in moderation Suburb Repairman's avatar
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    I guess congratulations are in order for his new job, too bad it's at the cost of one you enjoy. The good news is that there are lots of places in the DFW area for a planner to work. Also, you won't have to put up with us continually making fun of the concept of a planner in Houston!

    I'll keep an eye out for jobs up there and send you PMs when I hear of a good one. There are a few places to avoid up there, but I'm sure Joe has already steered you in the right direction!

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    Cyburbian Plus Salmissra's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by Joe Iliff
    Hmmmm . . . P. F. Chang's is calling me . . .
    Sounds good. I'll PM you after the move.
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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    Cool.....

    I'll bet you made the Right decision to move with your husband, and you will get a better job in the long run......I'd stake your reputation on it Have a blast and a cool one on me
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    Commuter relationships suck so Good Call going with him. I am sure that you will be able to find something far better than what you have now!
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    but, wait....

    You're not actually going somewhere with zoning, are you?

    I bet you'll miss all that deed restriction research.....

    Congratulations, and best of luck with the job search.
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    Welcome back...

    Recently made the move from Southeast Texas back to Dallas myself... no regrets. Welcome back to the area.

    I'm not sure what your specific job interests or qualifications are, but I have heard that City of Denton has a couple job openings. Also here in Garland, we have a senior planner position open. Little Elm was looking for a Planning Director and Plano had a development planner position posted recently. I think you'll find something here in the Metroplex.

    And some planners who are good for a drink or two.

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    Thanks, everyone, for the tips! Don't be surprised when you see my name at the top of a resume soon. OK, so it won't say SALMISSRA, but really, how many Senior Planners from Houston are moving to Dallas right now?

    Here's a quick update on the move:
    Leaving Houston Friday, September 30
    Move into new apt. Saturday, October 1
    Hubby starts new position Monday, October 3

    Unfortunately, I will not be attending TxAPA as a result of this move. Since I won't be a city employee, the city is sending someone else. Darn - I was hoping to job hunt. Paying for it myself's not a good option right now - we just dropped a bundle on the dog for surgery.
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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    This Bear wishes the very best to you in your move, in your job search, in your big change of locale. Sounds good!

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    Congrats on the move! I wish you both the best with your new endeavors!

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