It's all about the construction.
[ For the impatient, the executive summary is that I'm starting at Google at the end of the month. I won't be relocating. I'll provide more details as I learn them, and as I learn what I can, and can't, share. ]
My first job was working at Tecan U.S. writing software for spectrophotometers and liquid handling robots. At the time Lynne and I lived in North Raleigh and my commute took me around the north west part of the Raleigh belt-line. For the entire two and a half years that I worked at Tecan the belt-line was under construction as it was widened from two lanes to three. Of course, that meant that most of the time the road was littered with construction barrels and cones and usually narrowed down to one lane.
Two weeks after I left Tecan they finished the widening and all the barrels came down.
My next job was at MTS writing software for mechanical testing systems, and since we had moved to Apex, the easiest commute was up Cary Parkway, then to wend my way through Preston subdivision. I was thrilled when construction on the Cary Parkway connector was finished and it cut a good five minutes off my commute.
Two weeks later they started the process of closing our division and I was laid off.
Two for two; I'm starting to get a little suspicious.
SAMSys seemed like a safe bet for a place to work, I'd be writing software for RFID readers, it was up in Durham and I'd actually found no construction projects planned along my intended commute. Of course, within the first year the company moved and my new commute took me straight down Route 55, set for widening from one lane to two in both directions. SAMSys went bankrupt, then was bought out of bankruptcy by a competitor, Sirit. Meanwhile the road construction project ran into nearly a year of delays, but once the barrels came down I was laid off from Sirit within a month.
And so last year I was hired by IBM. Sweet, my commute would continue to be Route 55, thus ensuring a long career there. What I didn't realize was that the Route 540 extension that was going to intersect Route 55 was under construction and when complete would take a good five minutes off my commute.
You can see where this is going.
I start at Google at the end of this month.