What? Where Next Now? – The New Plan


Cassie and I. And Gordon later on.


Moving from the Bay Area to another country.


Probably mid-to-late September 2014. We’re moving out of our apartment first, into the glory that is the Hyatt House, Emeryville.


United Arab Emirates. My office will be in Abu Dhabi, but we are considering living in Dubai.


Why? Why are we moving 8127.11 mi (13079.32 km) from Oakland, CA, USA to a city built on desert wetlands in the Middle East? Via the North Pole, apparently?

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… And With Whom?

I am going with my company, Parsons Corp, to join a new Design Center in the Abu Dhabi office working on various projects, including the new Red Line of the Dubai Metro, and a new passenger heavy rail line for Etihad Rail.

For How Long?

“Indefinitely”. That is to say, not for a fixed term contract, but to be a part of the design group over there. That said, who knows. Realistically, we may decide that we can’t take the 110°F / 43°C heat and 80% humidity for too long.

Will You Be Visiting?

We’ll be in the UK for Christmas (even though the depths of winter is when it’s the nicest). I hope to see as many people as I can.

What Do You Want To Do Before You Leave?

See as many people as I can. Cassie has the restaurant list. I’m planning a trip to the Computer History Museum. Perhaps an aquarium or two. But it’s hard to cram in fun things when there’s so much to do at home and at work.

Suggestions for things to do please! Come on, Bay Area folks!

It’s a big move. It’s a long story. Lots going on. Lots to do. More soon.

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