Thursday, April 27, 2006

It's been a tiring couple of weeks...

After hosting a house full of relatives, road-tripping all over Northern Arizona, and making my 15th trip to Vegas, I came down with a pretty bad flu that's been a real bitch to shake. To top it all off, I received a call Monday afternoon from those people I interviewed with a month ago, asking if I'd still be interested in coming aboard, and at a senior level to boot. That threw me for a loop; I didn't think the interview went all that well, and since they said they were looking to make a decision within a week, I wrote them off entirely. Apparently, there's a critical shortage of skilled Oracle developers in the Phoenix area, hence the offer. We're currently negotiating terms, and it will probably be official before the day is out.

I can just imagine the conniption my boss and my clients are going to have after I tell them I'm leaving, considering that I'm about as close to a veritable indispensable employee as you can get. Oh well...

Monday, April 17, 2006

For a second there, I thought this story was related to this one.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

I’m an immigrant, yet I was not compelled to join yesterday’s “Immigration March” in downtown Phoenix. Why? For nearly 8 years I've put in my dues, followed the rules, and endured the uncertainty and constant unease that comes from dealing with the labyrinthine mess that is the US Immigration bureaucracy, and so should anyone else who seeks to come here. I'm not about to support a protest movement to make the whole process easier for some people simply because they made a mad dash across the Mexican border without getting caught.

Should there be no consequences for breaking the rules, and conversely, should there be no reward for following them? For the march organizers, the answers to those questions are "No" and "Who cares?" Their ultimate goal, carefully omitted from the media soundbites, but clumsily displayed amongst the colorful banners and creative chants calling for equality and justice, is expedited amnesty for the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. They want legal, citizen-track status for them all, quickly. Ask the immigration advocates behind the march if, in addition to “amnesty”, they think there should be tougher border enforcement to stem to tide of bodies flooding into the country, and the answer is no. Do they think there should be harsher penalties for employers who hire illegal labor? Absolutely not. Should immigrants residing here illegally be held to account for breaking the law, even if it only meant paying a small fine? Again, no way. There is only one solution, amnesty for all. No conditions, No concessions, No exceptions, no penalties for anyone, and no border enforcement, ever.

Seems like a rather simplistic solution to such a complex problem, doesn’t it? One has to wonder whether the hardcore immigration advocates are just ignorant of the scope of the crisis, or if there are other motives at play? Hmm…