While our original plan was to move me into a different role once I finished standing up the program, there’s some disagreement about how our contract was set up and our client doesn’t feel comfortable transitioning me to the new role. They’ve decided to take on those responsibilities themselves and see how it goes. So, for now, I’m out of work.

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The last couple of years have been hard because of the constant travel, but I’ve been able to work with some of the best people I’ve worked with in my career on some of the most challenging work I’ve had to do. That has been so rewarding. On the upside, I’ve been told that my work has caught the attention of our company leadership. When we first found out this change might happen, it was the topic of discussion at the last division meeting. Two office leaders - the local office and my home office - were both praising my work. That’s good.

This project also gave me the opportunity to earn my wings.

Fortunately, I’m not really out of work. My home office in Baton Rouge landed a big contract a few months ago and my office leader tells me that they have a place for me on it. This is a multi-year contract, so that means I get to stay home and still have the peace of mind of steady work! That’s something I never had before Houston. At most, a project would last 6 months to a year. I was constantly scrambling to dig up more work and it usually meant I was juggling 5 or 6 projects at a time. The downside is that with all of the recent hires, they took over my desk and I have no place to sit. We’ll see how that one works out.

Tomorrow will be my last day in Houston for a while. My final deliverables are due close-of-business tomorrow. That means I get to head home a day early and I’ll have this Friday off. No more road trips on Sundays and Fridays. I’ll finally get to focus on my storage building and get that project wrapped up. I should have more time to work on home projects after that.

Thanks, Houston. It’s been a good run.

And now for a look back at most of the rental cars I had over the past two years:

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It started with an Impala

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The first of several Challengers

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Maxima!

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A few Fords.

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Livin’ on the Edge.

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Not the most expensive rental.

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The most expensive rental.

There were a few others that I didn’t take pictures of (at least that I can find). An Altima. A Fiesta. Another Challenger.

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But now the gravy-train of rental goodness will come to an end. I have a couple of weeks of free rental days to burn before the end of the year. Everyone knows what that means.

Road trip!

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