New Life Begins

So, in my last post I left off with us arriving in Oregon on a Wednesday evening in April. After spending a few days getting acclimated, unpacking and setting up the few things we had brought in the cars, and generally settling in, it was time for me to start work on Monday!

New Relic, Inc. is in a building nicknamed “Big Pink” in downtown Portland. I’ll let you click the links to learn more about what New Relic does and what the building is like, but what I will say is that it’s an amazing place to work, and the people I work with are awesome! I was really worried that I wouldn’t be able to find a new “work family” like I had at Disney, but it appears my fears were unfounded. Every is super cool and good at what they do. My title at New Relic is “Senior Software Engineer” and now after I’ve been there for a bit, I feel like I know where ~all~ most the systems are, and can contribute to my team.

Being downtown means a couple things: 1) lots of interesting, non-chain food options at lunch, including the famous Portland food carts, and 2) no parking. At least, no free parking. To save on time in traffic as well as parking fees, I’ve become a mass transit convert very quickly. When living in Sandy, OR, I would drive 15-20mins to the Gresham Park & Ride, then take the Blue Line MAX light rail train downtown (50 mins). Not a short commute, but the train was nice because I wasn’t driving anymore and it took me within a few blocks of my building.

Now, living with Megs’ folks was very pleasant, with no friction to speak of. We could not have asked for more in our temporary lodgings, but of course we wanted to find a place of our own reasonably soon. Especially once our moving POD caught up to us a week after we arrived. We needed a place for us and all our stuff. So we began looking for a house to buy…

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