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May 07 2010

Ph.D postal carrier reinstated

Looks like my days of getting up at a reasonable hour during the work-week are about to come to an end. Dr. Darling was offered a short-term assignment with Post Danmark (the Danish postal service) today and starts on May 17.

The Swede is the third person from her old CityMail office to land a temporary delivery gig with their former competitor. A union rep arranged for them all to meet with a Post Danmark HR person shortly after their mail center was shut down in January. Dr. D was offered a three-month position on the north side of Copenhagen almost immediately but turned it down because A) she was still drawing severance pay from CityMail, 2) it would have been a 90-minute commute one-way, and lastly (and most importantly), have I mentioned what a terrible winter we had here?

Earlier this month, they called a second time with a position that's only an hour away, and she accepted without hesitation.  I, on the other hand, have plenty of reservations associated with the unavoidable Alarm Clock War  that will commence a week from Monday. Once again, she'll need to be on the train at 6:02, and unless I can convince her that a considerate partner would sleep in the guestroom, I'll be getting up at 5:15, too.

At least it's only for three months…though there is a good possibility of extension. (Both of her former colleagues have already had their contracts extended.) We'll cross that bridge…and evaluate its potential impact on our mid-August summer holiday plans…when we come to it.  In the meantime, I'm plotting to get as much mileage out of my Ph.D housewife as possible this coming week.

 

Feed my ego!

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