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Tomorrow I start a new job.  I will be working for a huge yellow earth moving company through a contract company, Volt and as a w-2 employee there.  It is a 12-18 month contract.  As we know, this time frame is negotiable.  I keep flip flopping over "I can do the job with my hands tied behind my back" and "What happens if I can't figure out what it is that they want done??"

I'm a computer programmer.  I've worked primarily in the mainframe world.  This job is in that world.  It's been a while since I've worked in Cobol.  But, I don't think it's all that different than PL/I.  JCL, been there done that, for the most part.  CICS, I've been using one interface for a number of years.  I've no clue what is used at this company.  DB2, yes, I know how to use SPUFI and queries.  IMS, yes, it's a pain in the ass, but hey for one of the early database structures, it's not too bad.

I'm not sure what I'm worried about.  Probably because I've been looking for work for 22 months now.  The job is 3 hours away from home.  I'm having issues looking at apartments.  The ones available in the $5-600 range are not inspiring, to say the least.  I really don't want to pay a whole lot for a place because - 1) it's a contract job and who knows how long it will really last - 2) I'm planning on going home on Friday afternoons and coming back on Sunday afternoons - 3) I still have my mortgage and bills at home to pay.  (I'm sure that there will be weekends that I don't go home due to weather and/or work issues.)  I've looked at extended stay hotels and the cheapest is $1000 a month.  I've looked into furnished apartments and the cheapest there is $1800 a month.  Someone suggested rooming with someone in town by looking on craigslist.....  I'm going to ask the other contractors were they're staying sometime tomorrow or Wednesday.

I'm staying in a hotel for this and next week.  The &^$#% bed is lumpy and I didn't sleep worth diddly last night - that's clouding some of the stuff as well.

I guess I just need reassurance that things will work out, one way or another.  That I made the correct decision.  That things will get better.

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