July 13th, 2006


escape from planet poverty: a case study in success

Remember that really awful interview I had yesterday? Well, apparently they hated me so much they're offering to hire me.

No, I don't understand it either. (I mean, I failed every test.) And though I offered to work for free, they're offering me $20 an hour as a QA tester. That's more than double what I was expecting.

Normally I would be overjoyed, but the catch is

a) the three-hour commute each way no longer sounds so painless now that I'm no longer desperate, and
b) I'm going to miss going to the library every day and writing every night. I had just started doing that, and now it's not going to happen.

I'm almost tempted to say no just so I can spend this summer reading and writing and people-watching full time (this may be the only opportunity I have to do this until I retire), but at the rate my pockets are emptying it seems downright irresponsible. (I know God provides, but passing up a blessing to wish for another just doesn't seem like the kind of deal God would be okay with.) And at $20 an hour I might actually be able to break even this summer--including the $3000 I spent on plane tickets to Taiwan for my spirit quest and plane tickets to Boston for volunteering at SIGGRAPH.

But that's six hours a day down the drain. I'd have to get up at 7 and go to bed at 12, and I'd get home from work at around 9. I guess I could work in two hours to write, but augh. That's assuming I never need to stop to breathe. I guess I could get around this by moving to Palo Alto (where my job is), but that's a hassle in itself. And Palo Alto is a little slow for people-watching.

Argh! Why can't anything be easy?
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