Living like a Nica

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God I hate to write anything at all because my stalker has recently resurfaced. Her method is to follow me electronically and hound me to death. Her end goal is to make my life miserable. She has effectively taken away the joy I have in telling my person story. Now she is telling my girl friend that I am sending her secret emails and wanting her back. My girlfriend has been with me for two years this month and is aware of my feelings towards my ex. I just have to reassure my girl each time my ex has a hormonal unbalance or whatever to make her reach out to us.

I have been kinda living like a Nica in the USA for two years now. I moved back to the west coast and have been doing very little and living on very little. In my 32 year career I have never lived so humbly or on so little. It has been an educational experience and I do not have any regrets. However, it is all about to change. I am about to ease back into what I call the big leagues. The big leagues for me. I won't be wearing a necktie daily, but about one notch below it. I really think I have accomplished what I come out here to do. I get to live where I want, a nice place with a generally low standard of living while making a decent living myself. I will also be working in heavy industrial automation with a firm that makes exotic metals. I love exotic metals and will love learning more about them. Don't be surprised to random stuff about them in these forums as I deem appropriate. I will also be employing new and exciting techniques in manufacturing exotic metals with the latest and newest procedures and equipment. The company is very cool and does not get two shakes about my personal life. I will be 45 minutes from the most beautiful coastline in North America and I will not be spending an arm and a leg to live. That old white Ford truck will likely be replaced with a new white one. I think I will stick with white because it is easy to keep clean. The title of a book I am tossing around is called, '200,000 Miles in an F150'. Indeed my truck has 210 on it now. My girl wants a new car first, so that it will be. I am looking at getting an SUV because I always need room for some suitcases, a cooler and an 80lb pit bull that likes to spend most of his time stretched out across the back seat.

When I first decided to fall into semi-retirement I considered Mexico and Costa Rica. I then focused on Nicaragua. The crime and inconsistent infrastructure showed me that is not for me. I found that I can live where I am at now for the same amount of money as Nicaragua while pretty much maintaining all the comforts of home. I am sure there a many places in the USA where a person can do this and I have found mine. I can still come to TRN and read about the people that are doing it there. TRN is the place that I learned that Nicaragua is not for me. I like temperate weather, consistent politics, a consistent infrastructure, low crime rates and low prices. To many that may seem boring, but I can get on a plane any time i want to prove that I have indeed found paradise.

So along with the end to my party days and chasing the dollar I have grown comfortable with just being comfortable.

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  1. randude's Avatar
    First week at new job. I may have mentioned it is a mega huge corporation out of Germany that owns a lot of other huge companies. I have no real idea how huge they are, but in devices they are the biggest there is. And by electronics I mean system parts, not televisions. It is a company I have long respected and proud to now be part of.

    A couple years ago I was repelled by large companies because of their corporate policies that were stupid to common sense. Nothing has really changed in that respect, I just needed the work. A couple years ago I had a lot more oportunities than I have now. One person could blame the current president and the congress that just went out last election and another could say it was just the changing tides. In all truth is is probably a bit of both. A couple years ago I had a lot of excitement about the future and now I just don't know, but I still have to pay the bills until I figure it out.

    I had to go through an extensive background, credit check, and a drug test weeks before I could start. They went through my life with a fine tooth comb. I actually had some doubts to whether I would even get the job. I completely sold them on my abilities from a technical standpoint, but as many of you already know, my mid-life crisis about finished me off. Some of you may remember me having to fly from the gulf coast to the east coast Several times to attend court. Then I had my second divorce. 2009 was a year that ground me to almost nothing and I spent many thousands of dollars on legal fees, hotels, plane fairs etc between 2007-2009 because of my behavior. All that stuff was well documented and pulled up on a background check. Somehow I still got the job and I am thankful.

    The first week was faily typical of such a big company. Although I was extended an offer about a month ago, nothing was done to prepare for my arrival. None of the needed accounts were applied for, nor none of the needed equipment ordered. And whether I personally got the job or not the statement of work was still there, so the ordering of equipment would not have gone to waste. So week one I had No Computer, no email, not company accounts, nothing. I was loaned a hand-me-down laptop (not a bad really). I am told the lead time for a laptop from Dell is 6-8 weeks. But this laptop is a screamer with lots of RAM and they all use XP. I wounder if I will notice any difference at all when I get my new one. I just got it a couple hours ago. Too late to get anything accountwise or do any work before the weekend.

    The first day of work I went to lunch with some of the guys that sit around me. Although they are all engineers, they are a lot like me, the kind that are more grounded. I really like the guys I work with. We are all different in some way, but all seem rough around the edges. It reminds me of the guys I worked with in ship building. The second day a vendor bought us lunch so we would all see them talk about their product. Today I would have went to lunch with the guys again, but Laura was in town and we had plans to have lunch together. Next week we have an all-hands meeting and there will be breakfast and lunch served. It is almost like my new job is lunch. Maybe Monday I will be doing something for the company besides chewing. My background is fairly broad, but leaning towards power distribution, control systems and integrated machinery control. My boss told me today that I will be in charge of the graphics that people see when they use a computer to control a machinery plant. That is something I have never done, know nothing about, I don't know the software, how to store it, organize it, retrieve it etc. It is about as far from my line as you can get. I am glad to be given the opportunity, but I wonder what people are thinking sometimes. I am going to still try to have fun with it. I am sure a lot more is going to be piled onto me in the weeks and months to come. I really want to learn ever atom of this company, so I guess starting on the thing I know the least about is a good way to start.
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