Carol tells me that she has been offered a job that she really want to take, but it would involve moving to Charleston. Although the salary is a large increase over what she is making now, she is reluctant to move to a town where she has no friends or family. I can sympathize with that; picking up and moving by yourself is a really difficult thing to do, both physically and emotionally.
I suggested that she contact a Charleston real estate agent about finding a house that she could rent with the option to buy near where her new office is going to be. She has several dogs and I know that it will be almost impossible for her to find an apartment that will allow her to keep her dogs, and renting a house with a fenced in yard so the dogs could run around loose in the yard would be so much better for all of them.
Even so, in this unstable job market, I think that I would negotiate a contract with the company that would put her mind at ease about getting laid off shortly after moving. I would hate to move to a new city to accept a new job and then end up laid off after I picked up and moved to a city where I had no friends or family nearby!
My older sister was telling me last night that she was researching Port Saint Lucie as a possible location to move her family. She’s very lucky that her job is one that she can do at home, so she does not have to commute. She’s been wanting to move to Florida for many years now, and she is thinking that the time to move is approaching pretty fast. Her family seems to have outgrown their current house; they have five adults living in a three bedroom house. And they are getting tired of the extreme weather in Nashville – they had a lot of tornadoes rip through their area last year, and they have had some serious flooding going on down there in the recent past as well.
Right now one of the reasons that they are researching homes In Port St Lucie is because that is near the town where her grandson Ethan lives, her father (my nephew) and my sister both want to be able to spend more time with Ethan. From what I understand Ethan is about ten years old now, and does not even realize who his father is because Ethan’s mother took off when she found out that she was pregnant, and then reappeared on my sister’s doorstep several years later with Ethan in tow.
“Surprise, you’re a grandmother!” are not the words that no one wants to be surprised with several years after a grand child is born! Most grandparents want to be a part of the grand child’s life. So they have some good reasons to want to move down to Port St Lucie. Their current house is over-crowded and they want to be closer to Ethan so that Ethan can get to learn who his father is, and who his Father’s family is.
Guest post by Janet Burnside
Ellie announced that she wants to move to California as soon as she finishes law school and find a job with a california criminal lawyer. It takes a special kind of person to be a defense lawyer. When Ellie announced that I started to remember my own experience working with a
los angeles criminal defense lawyer as a book keeper.
Prior to my taking the book keeping job I had no idea who his clients were, but a few months into the job I saw someone that I had previous experiences (shall we say very unpleasant experiences) come into the office to ask the lawyer to represent him for an assault charge. I asked the lawyer to not take the case but the lawyer said “everyone is entitled to a good defense” and he took the case anyway. I explained my experiences with the man and asked him if those experiences had happened to his wife, daughter, or sister would he defend this guy against this charge. He said no, but I’m not his wife, daughter or sister! Well, that soured me up real quick on working there and it wasn’t long before I turned in my two week’s notice and went to work somewhere else.
Yes, it takes a special kind of person to be a criminal defense lawyer.