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Old 04-13-2010, 12:32 PM  
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Tell me about Tampa Bay? What do you know?

I told the company in Phoenix thanks but no thanks. Now, I've got a job in Tampa Bay that I've interviewed for, past the tech screen and HR wants to talk. What do I need to know about the area? Which ones are nice? Avoid? etc. Looks like you get beachfront property for 1/2 of what it was worth a year ago. Has the area real estate reached bottom yet?

The job would be at a military base in the area on the bay.
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:02 PM   #91
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Take the job. Your pocket book and quality of life will improve.
We have decided to take the job. It's a $50K a year raise with all kinds of beenfits from free Iphone, laptops, 401K matching, profit sharing, 3 weeks vacation from day one, All federal holidays paid days off. but its also who the job is with that really motivating me.
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:07 PM   #92
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Old 05-27-2010, 05:46 AM   #93
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We have decided to take the job. It's a $50K a year raise with all kinds of beenfits from free Iphone, laptops, 401K matching, profit sharing, 3 weeks vacation from day one, All federal holidays paid days off. but its also who the job is with that really motivating me.
Congrats. What area of the Bay area are you going to locate to? If you need further info about Tampa feel free to send me a PM. Also, if you don't mind sharing, who is your new employer (again, you can send via PM)?

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Old 05-27-2010, 06:25 AM   #94
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We have decided to take the job. It's a $50K a year raise with all kinds of beenfits from free Iphone, laptops, 401K matching, profit sharing, 3 weeks vacation from day one, All federal holidays paid days off. but its also who the job is with that really motivating me.
****, man, for that kind of jack, you're thinking about it? I'd move to freakin' Oakland or East St. Louis for that kind of raise.

The great thing about moving somewhere is, if you don't like it, you can move away again. Go for it. Better to have moved and hated it, then never to have moved at all. (Or something like that.)

Drawbacks to FL:
- monotonous hot weather (if you don't like it)
- giant insects
- flat terrain
- overall homogeneity of appearance (the cities, not the people, LOL)
- expensive to get anywhere else (i.e. other big cities in the U.S.)
- time-consuming to get anywhere else
- environment could be worse on your car (hailstorms)
- hurricanes
- crazy drivers, old drivers, and crazy old drivers (worse on the East Coast)

Benefits to FL:
- monotonous hot weather (if you like it)... no snow or freezing cold
- good state for outdoors activities (fishing, sunning, biking/walking/running)
- some good theme parks (Busch in Tampa, everything in Orlando)
- close to the ocean (if you like the ocean)
- environment is better on your car (no rust, no snow tires)
- no tornadoes
- chicks in skimpy clothes 24/7 (importance CANNOT be understated, LOL)
- no state income tax, IIRC
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:35 AM   #95
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Congrats. What area of the Bay area are you going to locate to? If you need further info about Tampa feel free to send me a PM. Also, if you don't mind sharing, who is your new employer (again, you can send via PM)
I'm allowed to tell people. U.S.Central Command. They tell me you have stickers on your car to get into the base and that everyone in Tampa knows what it means so they quit trying to hide where the techies worked.
http://www.centcom.mil/

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Congrats. What area of the Bay area are you going to locate to?
To start with, I figured some where a short commute to the base. When the family follows me down some nice house, maybe with such a depressed housing market, somewhere with an ocean view?
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:35 AM   #96
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We have decided to take the job. It's a $50K a year raise with all kinds of beenfits from free Iphone, laptops, 401K matching, profit sharing, 3 weeks vacation from day one, All federal holidays paid days off. but its also who the job is with that really motivating me.
Congrats on the job. I've been thinking of moving to Sarasota/Venice area in the next couple years. Let us know how you like the gulf coast.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:37 AM   #97
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****, man, for that kind of jack, you're thinking about it? I'd move to freakin' Oakland or East St. Louis for that kind of raise.
I was already way overpaid to start with.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:47 AM   #98
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Congrats BRC!

What kind of work you going to be doing (in the generalist of terms) telcom, programming, intel?

Good luck finding someone to watch the Chiefs games with down there.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:54 AM   #99
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Congrats BRC!

What kind of work you going to be doing (in the generalist of terms) telcom, programming, intel?

Good luck finding someone to watch the Chiefs games with down there.
Dakcman AP has to have an awsome place to watch the games.

I'm not allowed to say what I will be doing down there. I've been told that if someone asked what I do for the military I just tell them "computer" and or "I.T." tasks. but, I can tell you than since my Sprint days back in the early 2000's, I've been considered an expert in Active Directory.
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I'm allowed to tell people. U.S.Central Command. They tell me you have stickers on your car to get into the base and that everyone in Tampa knows what it means so they quit trying to hide where the techies worked.
http://www.centcom.mil/

To start with, I figured some where a short commute to the base. When the family follows me down some nice house, maybe with such a depressed housing market, somewhere with an ocean view?
Nice. Is it mostly software or is there hardware engineering as well?
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:09 AM   #102
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Dakcman AP has to have an awsome place to watch the games.
Way back in the Neolithic Era when I lived there ('95 and '96), I used to go to a sportsbar called Beef O'Brady's. 15 years later, I'm sure there are plenty of sportsbars, both "generally-oriented chain" and "team-oriented individually-owned", that should allow you to find a good one. Given the state of the Interwebz today, you and Dackman can probably generate enough Chiefs fans to fill the same bar weekly and get them to make it a Chiefs bar and keep the biggest screen in the place turned to the games.
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:13 AM   #103
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Way back in the Neolithic Era when I lived there ('95 and '96), I used to go to a sportsbar called Beef O'Brady's. 15 years later, I'm sure there are plenty of sportsbars, both "generally-oriented chain" and "team-oriented individually-owned", that should allow you to find a good one. Given the state of the Interwebz today, you and Dackman can probably generate enough Chiefs fans to fill the same bar weekly and get them to make it a Chiefs bar and keep the biggest screen in the place turned to the games.
Beef O'Brady's is a chain, and not very good. If you're going to go chain I prefer Ale House. Wing House shows all the games too. A popular sports bar in South Tampa is the Press Box. That place gets packed with fans from all teams. There are tons of bars in the Tampa Bay area and most of them have NFL Sunday Ticket.

Maybe something needs to get organized because there are a few CP members in the Tampa area, but I've tried many sports bars over the last few years and I'm usually the only Chiefs fan in each of them.
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