Re: I'm taking my marbles and going home...

Subject: Re: I'm taking my marbles and going home...
From: <Robert -dot- Campbell -at- arm -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2002 14:36:39 +0100

Blessing counting time from across the Atlantic:

- A job I enjoy at a stable, successful and respected company, with an
official 37.5 hour week, and the usual benefits of UK employment (including
25 days holiday, 12 weeks sick leave, and free private medical care).
- A modern, tastefully and fully-furnished two-bedroom house (all to
myself!), less than half a mile from the office (ten minute walk/cycle,
three minute drive if it's raining), for less than 30% of my nett salary.
It's about three miles from the centre of Cambridge, which is a very
pleasant place to live, and a five-minute walk into the countryside. If I
get bored here, London is only a 45-minute train ride away...
- A still-relatively-booming economy (but nowhere near as good as it was,
of course).

I used to live in South Africa and, about five years ago, very seriously
considered moving to the Seattle area. In hindsight, I think I made a
better choice. Not US-bashing at all - just interesting contrasting the
differing lifestyles... ;)

Robert Campbell
Technical Author
ARM Limited

110 Fulbourn Road, Cherry Hinton
Cambridge CB1 9NJ


"John Fleming"
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08/14/02 02:03 AM
Please respond to "John

Thanks for giving me another handful of reasons to count my blessings.

My modest one-bedroom apartment is setting me back the equivalent of about
$400US per month. Water, heat and electricity are included in the rent.

I live a twenty-five minute walk from work.

And as long as I don't really screw up, it looks like I can work where I am
for the forseeable future.

Sure, the work isn't exactly technical writing, but the bills are paid, I
can put a bit of money aside every month, and since this is the second time
I have worked for this unit in this department in this organization, it
gives me a wonderful, built-in reference on my resume next time I am
for work.

John Fleming
Technical Writer and SAS Programmer
Edmonton, Canada

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