I feel like monumental changes happened in the last few weeks, but in the spirit of staying calm and keeping perspective, I’m going to try the term “adjustments.” Really, a lot of things have not changed. I’m not moving to a new country, I’m not changing careers again, I haven’t quit skating, and Max hasn’t left me (btw we are engaged! We have not yet bought our tandem bike but we’re nearly done budgeting for it).
In February I opted to join Facebook’s rotational engineering program. I started to consider working for a big software company towards the end of last year for a number of reasons – the professional validation, planning for a family, and feeling unmotivated from being in one place for a while. It feels like the industry is always going to elevate FAANG resumes (maybe warranted, maybe not) and it’s only logical to take part if given the opportunity. The rotational engineering program is a one-year program that recruits people from “non-traditional” backgrounds who did not quite pass the technical bar while interviewing but were close. We get placed on two teams during the one-year period, receive extra mentorship, and get evaluated at the end of the year for a regular employment contract. I’m having some issues with the idea of being labeled non-traditional when my resume is soaked with privilege, but… whatever, I’ll take it.
As a result of this adjustment, I’m in the middle of relocating to Seattle, aka the land of Frasier. I still plan to live in Portland long-term, especially now that Din Tai Fung has a location there now and I’m guaranteed at least one decent restaurant serving the food of my people. (To be fair, Chin’s Kitchen in Hollywood serves stellar food, but they serve northern cuisine which is vastly different. And I’m sure there are many other good places that I’ve never found due to my reclusiveness). Our plan is to rent out our house for now and re-evaluate later.
I haven’t visited a skating rink in Seattle yet because I’m injured, unfortunately. I fell too many times on the same spot trying to land my stupid axel more than 2% of the time, couldn’t walk for a day, and now I’m still healing a contusion that hurts when I bend my knee too much. I’ve extracted no wisdom from this incident.
The main message for you, reader, to take away from this post is that I will now be in Seattle. If you’re in Seattle, please contact me. If you were planning to visit me in Portland, visit me in Seattle instead. If you’re in Portland and surprised, know that I probably didn’t say much because I anticipate being back before you know it!