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Offline redhotmuslbear

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new job starts Monday!
« on: July 25, 2008, 11:26:53 PM »
After what I've called a whirlwind courtship that began Wednesday around noon and ended with a meeting with senior management at my new employer this morning, I accepted a fantastic offer to start a new job Monday morning.  Rather than continue with applications development roles for companies, usually in a consulting role, I leaped at the opportunity to work in business development for a mid-sized federal contractor that will give me an amazing commute.  I can park at my gym about 3 miles from home (heck, I might bicycle in the fall) and walk to the office five blocks away after my morning workout.  If I want to be more environmentally conscious, I'll hop on the subway or a bus.

So, Monday morning after turning in my onboarding papers and getting a badge, I'll get to sit the new manager down for a discussion of HIV and my other medical issues.  I'm looking forward to the conversation, as I staked out an additional role for myself this morning to champion diversity after taking the VPs to task for having no discussion of workforce diversity on their website.  This is definitely the most exciting opportunity which I have entertained in seven or eight years, and I want the new team to take pride in all that I bring to their team, including the hivvies and my neurosurgical ordeals.

Namaste,
David
"The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do." - BF Skinner
12-31-09   222wks VL  2430 CD4 690 (37%)
09-30-09   208wks VL  2050  CD4 925 (42%)
06-25-08   143wks VL  1359  CD4 668 (32%)  CD8 885
02-11-08   123wks off meds:  VL 1364 CD4 892(40%/0.99 ratio)
10-19-07   112wks off meds:   VL 292  CD4 857(37%/0.85 ratio)

One copy of delta-32 for f*****d up CCR5 receptors, and an HLA B44+ allele for "CD8-mediated immunity"... beteer than winning Powerball, almost!

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Re: new job starts Monday!
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2008, 11:41:50 PM »
Congratulations! It sounds very exciting. Keep us posted on how it goes.

Offline minismom

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Re: new job starts Monday!
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2008, 07:21:01 AM »
Congrats on the new job.  Let us know how it goes on Monday.

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Offline YaKaMein

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Re: new job starts Monday!
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2008, 12:04:02 PM »
David,
Have a great time tomorrow making new friends and playing well with others on the new job ;D
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Re: new job starts Monday!
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2008, 12:58:54 PM »
David,
Wow how wonderful is that. Thanks so much for sharing such good new.
Peter

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Re: new job starts Monday!
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2008, 05:01:36 PM »
David -- wow, you gave me a woody with that take charge attitude.  Good luck with the new job!

Peter

Offline next2u

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Re: new job starts Monday!
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2008, 06:14:19 PM »
congratulations david! damn, and you are all green too!!! nice to be savvy w/ a short commute. get to educate the new work team too. i am happy to hear things worked out well for you, keep us posted on the diversity talk and all your new undertakings.

best,
d
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Offline redhotmuslbear

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Re: new job starts Monday!
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2008, 09:19:22 PM »
Thanks to all for the good wishes...... and Peter, I'll give you a woodie ;D  (where's a devil horns smiley?)

I've got my clothes packed for changing at the gym in the morning.  Lots of healthful snacks in my backpack, too, along with Crystal Light sleeves for a 20-ounce.  And, of course, all of the lovely forms I've been completing over the weekend.

The idyllic commute got me studying over the weekend something which I haven't done since I was a kid:  riding a bicycle.  One of the major trails in Northern Virginia runs along the end of my block and leads to another major trail that runs within three blocks of the office.  On nice days it would be such a great option, esp with the many hot men out jogging or cycling  ;D  I haven't been on a bike for about 35 years because of balance issues from ear problems and hydrocephalus, but I found quite by accident that adult stabilizer wheels are available for around $65.  Ah, but if I drop 10-15 pounds, I will be truly insufferable, I fear.

Cheers,
David
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12-31-09   222wks VL  2430 CD4 690 (37%)
09-30-09   208wks VL  2050  CD4 925 (42%)
06-25-08   143wks VL  1359  CD4 668 (32%)  CD8 885
02-11-08   123wks off meds:  VL 1364 CD4 892(40%/0.99 ratio)
10-19-07   112wks off meds:   VL 292  CD4 857(37%/0.85 ratio)

One copy of delta-32 for f*****d up CCR5 receptors, and an HLA B44+ allele for "CD8-mediated immunity"... beteer than winning Powerball, almost!

Offline redhotmuslbear

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Re: new job starts Monday!
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2008, 08:07:30 PM »
Gald to report that when I finally got to speak with my new manager today in private, he was more taken with my honesty and openness than fearful of anything with my health.  As an undergraduate student, he had a job working in an eye clinic where a number of CMV retinitis trials were done;  so, he's familiar with HIV from dealing with one potential issue connected to AIDS diagnosis, though he's not familiar with a long-term non-progressor.  As for the brain stuff, he's amazed that I can function.

Cheers,
David
"The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do." - BF Skinner
12-31-09   222wks VL  2430 CD4 690 (37%)
09-30-09   208wks VL  2050  CD4 925 (42%)
06-25-08   143wks VL  1359  CD4 668 (32%)  CD8 885
02-11-08   123wks off meds:  VL 1364 CD4 892(40%/0.99 ratio)
10-19-07   112wks off meds:   VL 292  CD4 857(37%/0.85 ratio)

One copy of delta-32 for f*****d up CCR5 receptors, and an HLA B44+ allele for "CD8-mediated immunity"... beteer than winning Powerball, almost!

Offline OutOfDarkness

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Re: new job starts Monday!
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2008, 08:16:12 PM »
Hi David,
Congrats on your new job, sounds like it went really well. :)

I wanted to ask you a question if you don't mind:  Why did you feel it necessary to let your boss know about your hiv?  Maybe I missed something previously, I don't know.  Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that you were courageous enough to do so, because me, I'm not so sure I would be able to.  Just wondering what your reasons are. 
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Offline Alain

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Re: new job starts Monday!
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2008, 08:42:36 PM »
David,

Good luck with your new endeavor and so far it's sounds a nice place to be working at.

People make such a difference.

Alain.

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Re: new job starts Monday!
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2008, 09:21:05 PM »
Wow, congrats on the job!  The commute / proximity to your gym sounds great, too.  I especially like the part about your being open about HIV.  That's doing a real service for the rest of us.

David
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Offline AlanBama

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Re: new job starts Monday!
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2008, 09:26:01 PM »
Congratulations David!   :-*
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Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: new job starts Monday!
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2008, 06:39:28 AM »
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Offline Iggy

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Re: new job starts Monday!
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2008, 10:53:45 AM »
David,

Congrats on the new job.  And Bravo for being so open with your new employer.  It's inspiring.


Offline redhotmuslbear

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Re: new job starts Monday!
« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2008, 07:30:07 PM »
Thanks, again, everyone for the good wishes.  My openness about my health has been limited to my manager and HR so far, but I am confident that I will out both the brain surgeries and the HIV to other co-workers soon enough.  I am driven to be open about these things because so much of the business is built on honesty and good character, and being open about HIV and my neurological stuff leaves no doubt about the truthfulness of what I say. 

Best,
David
"The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do." - BF Skinner
12-31-09   222wks VL  2430 CD4 690 (37%)
09-30-09   208wks VL  2050  CD4 925 (42%)
06-25-08   143wks VL  1359  CD4 668 (32%)  CD8 885
02-11-08   123wks off meds:  VL 1364 CD4 892(40%/0.99 ratio)
10-19-07   112wks off meds:   VL 292  CD4 857(37%/0.85 ratio)

One copy of delta-32 for f*****d up CCR5 receptors, and an HLA B44+ allele for "CD8-mediated immunity"... beteer than winning Powerball, almost!

 


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