6 hours till our plane lifts off and I’m still waiting for the gravity of the step we are taking to kick in.
While the physical journey is about to start, the journey started one year ago to the day when I flew up to West Palm Beach to meet with HedgeCo for the first time. At that time I had been working with HedgeCo for over a year as a consultant on various projects, and I went to FL to try and iron out some issues with a massive internal project which we had been working on for quite a while.
As anyone who has worked remotely knows, there is nothing like working in the same office with people who you have only communicated via Skype/phone/email. I really enjoyed my initial 2 week stay, and we were able to bang out a lot of projects as well as lay the foundation for future work.
HedgeCo also offered me a full time position at the company. The position would be as the project manager of a spin-off technology branch of the company.
The standard freelance-consultant joke is “Why spend 8 hours a day working for someone else when you can spend 14 hours a day working for yourself.” Working from Germany for companies in Germany as well as on the East and West coast of the US is physically exhausting. I was working till midnight every night, and both my family life, community interaction, and social life was severely suffering. On a personal basis, I couldn’t keep it up any longer.
So, I accepted the job, and Stella and I began the long process of closing up shop, working out all our paperwork, packing our stuff and moving over to the US.
As with everything, the process of moving was far more complex and expensive then we imagined. From having to deal with mobile phone providers who refused to end your contract (eplus sucks by the way), to changing magazine subscription options, to getting Stella a greencard (which was a grueling process on its own), finding a place/car in FL, etc. All of this while trying to wrap up projects and stay on top of the projects that you are working on.
But now we finally come to the end of the German phase of this move, and I wanted to thank Stella more then anyone else for all the effort that she put into this move. She put her life on hold for the entire year, and put in most of the effort organizing and preparing everything for the move. Thank you, we couldn’t have done it without you!
So this will be my last blog entry as a resident of Germany, being in the US I probably won’t be able to hit as many of the European-based PHP conferences as I have in the past, but hopefully I will have more time to get back into the community and hope to catch as many US based conferences as I can.
See you on the other side of the pond!