Saturday, February 14, 2009

Still looking

Well, this week's interview out with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory folks certainly was a whirlwind. I did not really get much of a chance to experience the Boston/Cambridge area, but I did have a really interesting time talking to the folks during the lengthy interview process. My first flight headed out east aborted the take-off roll while still on the ground, which was a little exciting. It was followed by 2.5 hours of sitting on the ground waiting for a faulty generator to be fixed, which wasn't quite as thrilling. The pilot's screens in the cockpit had gone black as they throttled up for take-off, which is never a particularly desirable thing...

I am still looking to find out what all my employment options out there might be, and am trying to cast a pretty wide net. There are a lot of paths I could travel, which is far better than being trapped into any one position by the forces that shape all of our lives. It can still be difficult playing the waiting game. I am trying to keep an open mind about different living and working situations, but we all have our preferences.

Seeing the Space Shuttle launch might be in the cards after all. Due to some problems with the propulsion system, the launch has been rescheduled to no earlier than 27 February. As usual, there are a lot of precautions being taken to ensure the launch can be as safe as possible, and it looks like they are taking it slow and sure establishing that the problems have been resolved.

Well, I'm just hanging out here at home on Valentine's Day. I may take a hike over to the Bass Bridge and see what I can see.

Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.
~Joseph Campbell

1 comment:

Becky said...

Good to hear that you're interviewing at exciting places. Do many people want to talk first about your time on the Ice? I sometimes have a hard time reminding the people I want to hire me that I'm there as a candidate, not a travel expert.
We all have to keep looking these days, and know that something will come along.
Take Care-