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Topic: OT Some good news (7 msgs / 198 lines)
1) From: Vicki Smith
Before Ron had the job he was fired from a few weeks ago, he worked for 
another outfit in Calgary doing installation and customization of 
accounting software. He actually loved the work, and he was very good at 
it. He left on good terms with Gord, his former employer, and we have 
continued to have contact with Gord and his wife Susan.
In any case, Gord heard through the grapevine that Ron had been fired. 
Gord has since sold his business, but passed Ron's name on (apparently 
saying many lovely things)to the company that bought it. The new company 
called Ron and he went to Edmonton (their headquarters) and spoke with them.
They offered him some consulting work. It will probably never be full 
time, but the hourly rate is great, and if he can bill (and they 
collect) 20 or so hours a week (which should be possible) we'll be OK. 
Now, no one is wanting much consulting between now and the 1st of the 
year, and even when he does get hours, he doesn't get paid until the 
bill is paid (which could easily be 60+ days) so this is not an 
immediate fix.
The big plus is that we don't have to leave Red Deer as he will be able 
to do 90% of the work remotely, working out of our office at home. If 
this works out, we should be fine by late March or April. If we count 
our pennies, we should be able to get through until then. It also leaves 
him time to develop an idea we had for something that would be a good 
fit for retirement income down the road.
In the meantime, he will continue to look for that elusive great full 
time job, but this sounds pretty darn great to me. At 20 hours a week, 
our income will be about what it was before I went back to work last 
spring. And since I took that job just in case Ron's job went 
away,that's just fine.

2) From: Brett Mason
Congratulations Ron and Vicki!
I built my old company as a consultant, and loved it!  For a season of
7 years I kept getting gigs, and roughly had a 3/4 full schedule with
a 3-4 week pipeline.  Security - nope. Autonomy - Yep!  Opportunity to
try to influence as many companies as possible - truly...  Ron, you'll
do great!  And Vicki, you'll have 20 more hours a week to hug the guy,
all while he is pounding the pavement!
Best regards,
On Dec 17, 2007 5:21 AM, Vicki Smith  wrote:

3) From: Eddie Dove
Congratulations Ron and Vicki!
Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est
Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On Dec 17, 2007 5:21 AM, Vicki Smith  wrote:

4) From: Jeff Anderson
That's great news, Vicki. I'm glad things have taken a turn for the 
better. I know this will help you enjoy the holidays a lot more.
Vicki Smith wrote:

5) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
That is wonderful news... I know times have be tough but I am glad that
you are having a bit of an upturn! 
Things will improve. Here is to a GREAT 2008 for you and your family!

6) From: Brian Kamnetz
As a friend told me a few years back, "God closes a door, and opens a door."
On Dec 17, 2007 6:21 AM, Vicki Smith  wrote:

7) From: Lynne
Vicki -
This is terrific news! (and Brett mentioned my favorite word: autonomy...
hoping to figure out a self-sufficient way to generate an income for
Great holiday news for the both of you!
I have become quite adept at living a simpler life. It's amazing how much
I *used *to spend, in comparison to now (none - ha!!). Many of my 'survivor'
skills -
baking, cooking, roasting coffee, being happy in old jeans & not wanting for
extra ... all come from years of not having excess money. Now, it gives me
so much
pleasure to hear my kids say that the coffee (and most recently, pizza) they
buy out
can't hold a candle to what comes out of my kitchen. I save money and have
skillful in these areas. Whoo-hoo!
This holiday will be meager (again) but honestly, our family has been having
best holiday get-togethers lately. That's what matters...
Have a great holiday season!

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