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Old 08-28-2011, 11:08 AM   #21
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Back from vacation, even tho I wanted to splurge, it didn't happen. We spent most of the week at the timeshare and the kids chose free activities (4-5 different pools, games, movie nights, and picnics). One day at the mouse park. Cooked most meals as we had more time, but exchanged child care with friends and had a date night with DW. Everyone was happy with the vacation.

I accepted the opportunity at the mid-size bank, 5k sign on bonus, 5k bump in base, smaller bonus % but history of payout is at 100%. A few less PTO days but flexible if I need to start/leave early for my kids activities. (I networked with someone that worked for the new boss previously and confirmed it's not all talk). I will start in 2 - 3 weeks.

Current employer is sweetening the severance package by a few weeks as employees want actual notice of end date. This kinda blows my mind as I took it as notice once told jobs were eliminated, but the whining may translate to 3 - 4 extra weeks of pay. Notice to begin after internal interviews are completed. If I play this right, I might get a total of 5-6 months of pay. At this point, I'm not looking back, but playing nice.
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:23 AM   #22
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:48 AM   #23
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Mead - Thanks for the message & congrats. A different interview in Chicago was with a former boss and he echoed similiar comments. He wanted me to join his team but I didn't want the commute and possible travel.

His verbal offer would of shorten the FIRE window, but it's not a race for me. I'm still on target in my mind and the game is to enjoy my time

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Aiming, you sound like the kind of person I would want to have on my team. Keep the positive attitude and stay ahead of the game, and you will always land on your feet.
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You did the right thing, you looked at the opportunities before you with your FAMILY life in mind first, and it looks like it all worked out........
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