Yes, the rumors are true – Suzan and I are moving to Oregon.
Let’s get the basics out of the way:
- Brian has been working from home for Intel since August 1, 2011.
- Intel wants Brian to move to a main office as a setup for a promotion. Staying remote is not an option for long-term employment, and it’s a good fit for our life.
- Out of all the Intel US offices, Hillsboro, Oregon (a suburb of Portland) is the best fit personally and professionally.
- Our current house (“GeekFarm 2.0”) will be on the market June 4th.
- We have a contingent offer on a farm (clever name pending) in Amity, OR. It is move-in ready for all manner of human and beast.
- Brian will start working from Oregon on June 24, staying in a corporate apartment. Suzan will follow after the movers have packed up all our crap.
- Yes, we’re still coming to Dragon Con and GaFilk. We’re not sure if we can make to other local gatherings like Alchemy.
- We have heard all of the Oregon Trail jokes. Please up your comedic game.
This is a big change that’s been pending ever since my team went through a reorganization late last year. When I first started with Intel, my job could be done remotely. There have been some great changes in my career the past few years, but the reality is that I need to be in a main office to grow within Intel. It’s a company and culture I appreciate, and it would be hard for me to find something similar in the area.
Suzan and I have been in Atlanta Metro since June 1996. It’s an amazing place, with great people hiding behind 90% humidity and aggressively pollinating pine trees. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this change in my life – it’s going to be hard leaving so many people I care about on the other side of the country, but overall I see this as a positive move. As always, I will rely on the transport of magical Delta skybeasts when I want to see friends and family.
I’ll keep everyone posted on various forms of social media, and try to see as many people as possible in the next few weeks. Till then I need to make sure I don’t disturb my carefully staged home as we pack up the farm.