I flew out to Philadelphia to take an interview in southeastern Pennsylvania, which I thought went well, and is somewhere I can definitely see myself being for a long time to come.November 30:
I haven't posted in a while because I've been consumed with a major development in my life that is still a work in progress. There are so many ducks involved with this one, they have to be arranged not simply into a row, but into a highly complex formation. Once we get there, I'll drop the big news.
We're there, so here's the big news. Next Tuesday, I'll be starting a new job with Exelon Nuclear as a Reactor Operator in training, at the Limerick Generating Station in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
This thing has been six weeks in the making; the offer was initially tendered on October 28. I flew out to Limerick for the pre-employment physical and security processing in early November. The security side went off without a hitch, but there was a problem with the medical. They didn't quite get all the tests they needed. Once this was conveyed to me, it was already the Monday before Thanksgiving, and it was apparent that I wouldn't be able to start on the originally scheduled date of December 3. So we moved the date, I had blood drawn at a lab out here after the holiday, and I flew back out to Baltimore and then drove to a different power plant (a harrowing experience in itself) to complete another background check, since I was unable to start within 30 days of the first one. This morning, I got the word that everything had been buttoned up, and having already taken my tools out of the plant and turned in my access badge, I filled out the resignation form this afternoon - with deepest apologies for the lack of notice, a necessity given the exigent circumstances.
I'm a big fan of the stability of Exelon, in comparison to the disarray of Cooper. I'm a big fan of the competitive compensation. I'm a big fan of the location - close to a major city (Philadelphia*), three hours from Northport by car, and less than four from Ithaca. I'm an especially big fan of the challenge this offer presents, and that it will utilize the full breadth of my education and my experience.
Another challenge I'm a big fan of is pulling up stakes here and moving in this short time frame. I can stay in my apartment here through the end of the month, but with the Christmas holiday coming up, it seems to me much easier to get all my possessions out of Ohio sooner rather than later, so I don't have to come back here just before or just after the holiday. Having had all this time since the offer was tendered, I've already identified the apartment complex where I want to live. Last month, when I did the first pre-employment screenings, I had some time to kill between completing them and flying out of Philadelphia. I drove around a bit, and when I hit Bridge Street in Phoenixville, I felt something right. Plus, as I later discovered, it's Mike Piazza's hometown! As much as I try to tell myself I'm not superstitious, that's a great sign.
* might have to ask about what my schedule looks like in April; if I can fit it in, I'll have to find me some Frozen Four tickets.