SPUG: Living in Seattle

Tim Maher tim at consultix-inc.com
Wed Aug 10 12:12:41 PDT 2005

On Tue, Aug 09, 2005 at 01:14:30PM +1000, Jacinta Richardson wrote:
> My husband has just been offered a job (out of the blue) in
> Seattle ...
> I *presume* that they'd be willing to either provide me a job
> as well or help me find one. As my expertise is similar to my
> husband's, that shouldn't be too hard.


I don't understand why you're so quick to assume that your
husband's job offer would necessarily include one for you too,
unless that's the way it typically works Down Under.

Here in the USA, I'd be /extremely surprised/ if any company
would feel a duty to arrange employment for the spouse of a new
employee. I'm not saying it's never happened before (for all I
know, Linus' wife might have been set up with her own Mercedes
dealership in Portland to entice them to relocate there), but
it's certainly not the norm here.

Regarding your other questions about housing for Aussies moving
to Seattle, you should talk to our mutual friend Damian, to whom
I once gave the grand tour of Seattle real estate offerings,
while he was considering moving here himself. He won't remember
many details at this point, but I'm sure he can still recollect
his general Antipodean viewpoint on such things as the quality
of neighborhoods, and value for the money.

FYI, /very few/ Seattle software professionals get gunned down
by homicidal maniacs--they mostly kill members of rival gangs, or
people with really fancy shoes, jewelry, or cars. Or those whose
driving they don't appreciate. So if you were to drive and dress
like the rest of us, you'd be safe 8-}

Even better than Down Under, very few of us die from unexpected
venom injections here! 8-}

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