Friday, March 21, 2008
Mrs. Van Horn's match results arrived at noon yesterday and we were really thrown for a loop at first.
For reasons related to the fact that we are a two-career couple -- with me trying to change careers -- this was our fourteenth choice. Neither of us seriously considered it as the place we'd end up.
And yet, that is where we will go.
I like Boston. I have several old friends there, including the one who first introduced me to Mrs. Van Horn. I have noticed that I'll probably get to make some new friends there through blogging. The place has lots of employment opportunities for someone like me.
Having said that, Boston was one of the last places I wanted to end up.
There is little one can do to control where one matches beyond interviewing only in places that might work well in the long run (which Boston can), ranking them accordingly, and sacrificing a fatted calf. The first two of these proved only slightly more effective than the last, and yesterday, I found myself, a little dazed at first, and thinking things like, "Well, I do have my health."
And that's nothing to sneeze at.
Yes. I may have to rewrite my whole post-match strategy from scratch. I have to leave behind some good friends and lots of good memories in Houston. We will be far from our families in the South. The high cost of living is going to make it much harder for me to transition from scientific research to something that will give me more time to write.
But these are obstacles, and I have learned through experience -- I initially lost Mrs. Van Horn to a rival -- that some obstacles are blessings in disguise and that others can be turned into new opportunities.
Time to start working on some alchemy!