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Most of you here have some idea of what I am about. Shy in some situations, brash and upfront in others, pretty physically oriented, and, maybe...fearless. Or at least, unintimidated :) .

Here is a little bit of backstory about me. The company I have been working for is really good. Great people, locale is second to none (visitors think they are at a resort), and the workload is not over bearing. However, the pay leaves something to be desired. My job description right now is program administrator. In addition to the regular daily work hours, I often put in hours from home, am called to provide tech support for users on the weekend and nights, and basically am happy to work for what I am getting paid, but had promises for more. Both my boss and the HR manager have noted I am doing an excellent job. My boss also told me he would be putting me in for a raise and COLA increase so I can buy a home. Ok, and for someone who manages the program that has given the company double the revenue, acceptable.

But, as the new raises came out, I am not pleased, or even satisfied with the raise. Me, as a program admin, am making less than $39K per year. Yes, I know that is not shabby, but with my raise not even covering inflation rates of 2006 and my desire to stop renting and buy a home, I really cannot do that on my own. And given a program admin in my region makes, at minimum, $55K, I am left wondering what happened to my promised earnings increase.

My desire is to be financially independent, not worrying about the next paycheck, having things come up and not having the money for them, etc. So, this is what I am planning and would like your opinion. Most of you on here are of sound intelligence and we have spoken so your opinion would have some weight to my decision. Politics play no role in this, btw.

I am debating (and trying to find my resume in e-form now, for submission), to apply for a job in Iraq. This is more than a whim, this is an opportunity to take a huge step forward financially for myself.

Now, domestic concerns. First for most people, family. I dont have one. I have not spoken to my brother or father in 3 years and do not desire to do so again. They are venomous people and I have learned much from them to make myself a better man. My mother, the only thing she called me for was for money and to front her to buy HUD homes so she can rent them out. After asking for if that was all she was calling for, I told her she can call if she has anything else to talk to me about. She has only called once as her car broke down, in the past 1.5 years.

Responsibilities...I have one, my lease. And I am only on the lease as a partial renter as there are two other roommates here. So I can leave and it will not have any adverse reaction on me and neither will a forced breaking of the lease need to occur. And as of May, the lease is up and will not be renewed anyways. Also, I am a minimalist, so I have very little of anything that matters to me, possession wise. Everything I own I can put into storage for the 1 year contract I would sign.

Now, potential detractors. Death, of course. Maiming, and that is a fear worse than death. I value my physical abilities very much. Lack of companionship. I met someone over the weekend (on a blind date), and we had a great time. We both have the same sense of humor, interests, and feel comfortable around each other. I don't love her, and really, how could I this soon, but she is intelligent, pretty, and has characteristics which interest me. But I am interested in settling down and she appears to have the same goals in mind. life's blood. I value them very deeply and do care incredibly for them. But they are just friends.

Pluses. Money. Average salary for me in a likewise position would reap between $150-$220K, and the first $80K is tax free. Even if I stay for just 1 year, it would enable me to buy a nice home outright (or by secured loan) and allow me to educate myself, increasing my value to corporate America upon my return. International job opportunities and getting a job while becoming a resident of another country. There is a month of paid time off, and destinations are anywhere in the world with the means to do it.

This is a big step, and I do want to do it, but I also don't want to miss anything in my thought processes. Of course the job and salary level do dictate if I take the job or not, but I am thinking it will be good for me. And with a high turnover rate, promotions are rapid (as are pay increases).

I have to lookout for myself and live my own life for me. Not for my company, my boss, my friends, or a beautiful woman. What is your opinion?
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For what it's worth I passed up many good chances during my late 20's because I felt secure and comfortable where I was in life. It came back to haunt me in my 30's & 40's and even today,in my 50's, I wished I could go back and have a chance at making some decisions again. My only recommendation would be for you not to get stuck with the same situation. Change for the sake of change is never a good thing but if the outcome is improvement you have little to lose because you can always go back and pick up the pieces when all else fails.
izme said:
I suggest, go to You tube or some other online vids site and enter Hostage all of them and then get back to us ;)
Wouldn't be a good thing to have happen but going through life pondering " what if's " doesn't make sense. It that were the norm then you risk your life every time you crawl out of bed. Don't get on a plane as they kill people, don't drive or ride in a car for the same reason, don't walk on a sidewalk because you might just wipe out on a crack and break your neck, don't talk to your boss about the small raise you got because you might get fired. Life is full of risks and challenges that can only be judged by those facing them. Most people think they know their limits but in reality they don't. People do amazing things in the face of adversity and most people love a challenge.

I will say this... it's obvious men and women take a much different stand on issues like this. :eek:
izme said:
I was a professional fisherman in Alaska for 3 years on the Bering I know all about taking risk and even I wouldn't go to Iraq for any amount of money :D

just my two cents
Damn you got balz. :up: I'm willing to stick my neck out and love fishing but not that much. :eek: Most dangerous job in the world from what I've read.
izme said:
There's nothing wrong with seeing the reality of a career change. It's not's foresite.

While saying your last words before the blade starts cutting your neck..Would you be thinking to yourself...damn...I should have done anything back in the states vs. coming here?...Mickyd's would have been a better idea
Mickyd's... now that takes guts to work there.

izme said:
Are you saying that you are a woman? :confused:
Excuse meeeeeeeeeee! You trying to start something I can't finish? :D ;)
izme said:
Hey Buddy...I've seen you hold your own :D
I thought you were talking about a physical confrontation. I got a pat answer for that....
" Because of my age I have about 15 seconds of fight left. If you have 16 I give up real fast.":D
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