Hit the road

Subject: Hit the road
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 09:57:01 -0400

Hi, guys...this weekend, my girlfriend and I were thinking. In about 6
years, I'll have hit retirement age and we were talking about what we would
do at that point. I may change my mind, but I don't want to stop what I'm
doing now, but Pat wants to travel...she keeps asking me when I'm gonna take
her to see the big ball of twine (Minnesota).

We gets to thinking...why not combine the two. Sell everything and buy one
of those big-mutha mobile homes and go in pursuit of those 30 day to 3 month
gigs that keep popping up around the country. In the summer, head north or
west, in the winter, head south..grab those small contracts to pay expenses
and make some money, when the contract is over, move on....anywhere...
Alaska? Sure, why not!

I'm not talking about telecommuting...I mean actually set up residence in
the area where the gig is. Go to work every day just like any contractor.
However, at the conclusion of the contract, grab the next small one, but in
any area of the country we see fit.

Granted, there are some qualifications...long-term extensions are not
viable, and there must be the ability to actually land a contract every one
in a while. However, that's no different the circumstances that much of work
under now.

Ever see the inside of those beasts? They're huge! Probably more comfortable
and more room than some of the apartments that some of us in metropolitan
areas are able to find.

So, my question...what's to stop me from doing this. I'd like to hear
offline from anyone who hires contractors, assuming the skills were a good
fit, and assuming the rate was acceptable, would this arrangement preclude
you from considering a candidate who's house just happens to have wheels on

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
jposada -at- book -dot- com
NY: 212-414-6656
Dayton: 732-438-3372
"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream
of things that never were, and ask why not?"
-----Robert Francis Kennedy, 1968 presidential campaign


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