Interesting title on a blog dedicated to technical ideas like SQL Server huh? Well there’s a reason for this, which I’ll divulge shortly. After I moved back to Colorado from Oklahoma in 2014, I took a full time position as a SQL DBA for an area hospital. I’ve had the pleasure of working with 2 other DBAs that are just awesome. I have learned a great deal about SQL, been given room to grow and explore, and had some fun doing it. I’ve even made a few friends, and overall had a great time working there but change has come to our lives.
However living in Colorado isn’t cheap. In the Denver area, the average cost of house is $450k in a cookie cutter neighborhood. And sadly, it isn’t getting any cheaper. I mean you can go out east of the city to find cheaper houses, but then you lose broadband. As a career IT person, and an often on-call DBA, I need broadband. So for the past year it has been a source of stress for my wife and I. When we sold our house in Oklahoma to move back, we actually lost money on the house. Oklahoma struggles to recover from the recession and at the time, the price of oil had tanked….so ya, bad time to sell. So no nice down payment for us.
Like all things in life, things change. After my son left home for the military, my wife and I started considering what we wanted in a new house. Which was in the country, with good internet options, and a cheaper cost of living. As fate would have it, my wife inherited her grandparents place a few years back in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. It’s south of Lake Superior by 30 miles, so it’s up there. Well ironically, it’s exactly what we wanted in Colorado. Except with less people in Colorado. Before you ask, yes the internet option is that good. We have fiber into the house.
What does this have to do with anything? While on a vacation trip to the house in Wisconsin, we came to the realization that my wife’s family needs help. Well….I was offered a position in Duluth, MN as a DBA. Not only as a DBA, but as a DBA with the opportunity to work in development areas. So while the commute is about an hour from our house, it’s an awesome opportunity for me professionally. As well a killer opportunity for my wife and I personally, and it allows us to help family. I am so tired of traffic, overhead planes, traffic noises, over crowding, and all the other assorted stuff that comes with living in a major city. I am not only excited about a new position, but I am excited about moving back to the country. While it may not be the mountains of Colorado where I grew up, the Northwoods are an awesome second choice. I won’t lie though, while I’m excited for the new adventure, I am sad to be leaving my home state again. I have friends and family here that I’ll miss too.
Where does the Universe enter into this?
While I was considering this position and the situation surrounding the move, I kept coming back to Patrick LeBlanc’s recent presentation at SQLSaturday Denver. While he was talking about branding yourself, he made a point to remind us that family was what was most important. I enjoy working with my friends at the hospital, but I personally struggle with living in the city. It’s not often that your career goals line up with your personal ones, and when those opportunities arise you have to take them. Plus, there are the family aspects that need to be addressed in Wisconsin.
So with all of that being said, I am absolutely thrilled to announce that as of Oct 23, I will be a DBA for ARI Networks in Duluth, MN as well as new resident of the State of Wisconsin. It even helps that I am a Packers fan before moving here. On the same note, I’m sad to say Oct 13th will be my last day working in Denver.