Twitter weekly updates for 2015-05-20 – 2015-05-26

New town, new jobs

Our house in HavertownOur house in Havertown
Our house in Havertown03-May-2015 00:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS, 2.7, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 

Last month I posted a quick tweet about Maria’s new job: she’ll be Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Suffolk University. All the details are in this press release from Suffolk. This is a great opportunity for her, and we’re looking forward to the move to Boston. We weren’t sure how the boys would react, but they’re looking forward to being closer to RI, where my family is. They’ve always enjoyed visiting Newport for the holidays in the winter, and going to the beach with their cousins in the summer. Now it’ll be easy for us to visit more often.

She starts July 1, so we’re gearing up for the move. Our house here in Havertown was on the market for about a month, and we accepted an offer last weekend. I haven’t been blogging, as I’ve been scrambling to wrap up the many home improvement projects I started over the years, but never quite finished. Just like when we left California 12 years ago, now that we finally have the house the way we want it, it’s time to go 😉 (and yes, I’ve been blogging for that long – that link goes to my very first post).

For finding a new place to live, we explored some neighborhoods in the suburbs of Boston over the Easter holiday, and we’ve been talking with people we know in the area. We’re looking in Hingham, on the south shore, as well as towns to the west (Lexington, Needham, and others). We have a temporary place to stay for July and August, so our goal is to get settled somewhere by the time the boys need to start school in the Fall.

For a while last month I was doing a lot of job interviews over the phone. I knew the tech industry was big in Boston, but I was still surprised to find just how many job opportunities there are. There’s been a debate recently about whether the US has a shortage of tech workers. At least in Boston, it seems to me that there is.

I cut my job search short after talking with my friend Michael Gyura. We’ve decided to go into business together, doing web application development as consultants. After being in the field for almost 20 years, I’m ready to take the plunge, working independently. Also, I can work from home, which will provide flexibility for keeping up with the boys’ schedules, since Maria will have more of a 9-5 routine with her new job.

My Poka Yoke Design business cardMy Poka Yoke Design business card
My Poka Yoke Design business card12-May-2015 17:47, Apple iPhone 5s, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 40
 

We have a bare-bones web site up, which we’ll be improving soon: the business is called Poka Yoke Design (the .design TLD became available just two weeks ago – perfect timing for us). “Poka yoke” (po-ka yo-kay) is a Japanese term meaning “mistake proof.” The idea is to design something that is so straightforward and intuitive to use, you don’t even have to think about it. I’ll have plenty more to say about Poka Yoke Design over the next couple months!

I’ll leave you with some more pictures of the house. We had movers come before we listed the house, to put a lot of our stuff in storage, so that’s why some of the rooms look mostly bare. I’m especially proud of the wood flooring in the sunroom. I installed it myself, and I salvaged it from a house that was going to be demolished in California, about 15 years ago. We used most of it in our old house in California, but we had some left, so we took it with us to Pennsylvania when we moved. It’s quarter-sawn, old-growth California white oak with tiger striping. Wood like this hasn’t been available for probably 100 years.

1st floor sunroom1st floor sunroom
1st floor sunroom03-May-2015 00:46, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS, 2.7, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 100
 
Kitching and dining roomKitching and dining room
Kitching and dining room03-May-2015 00:48, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS, 2.7, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 
Living roomLiving room
Living room03-May-2015 00:51, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS, 2.7, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
 
Our house in HavertownOur house in Havertown
Our house in Havertown03-May-2015 01:07, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS, 2.7, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
Our house in HavertownOur house in Havertown
Our house in Havertown03-May-2015 01:07, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS, 2.7, 4.3mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 100
 
3rd floor office3rd floor office
3rd floor office03-May-2015 00:39, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS, 2.7, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 

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