Curious reaction

On Sunday morning, bright and early at 8AM, I'll be lifting off at Newark Airport and flying back to London for a 3 months temporary assignment with ThoughtWorks UK office. Why the UK and not assignment in the US? Well, being part of a global consulting company means I go wherever they need people. And working in London beats being on the bench and not earning any income for the company. Ethically it is not the most desirable assignment as it involves working with a company that deals with precious metal that apparently last forever and would cost you a month's salary…

More interestingly, whenever Eiron and I told our friends about my 3 months assignment the universal reaction is what we are going to do with our apartment, what will Eiron do with her job, etc. They react as if we are going to pack up and move to London for just 3 months! (The answer is we are not moving. Eiron will visit me a few times in London and racks up some air miles and carbon emission) Why would they react in this manner? I am really curious about it because moving to London for 3 months makes no sense whatsoever but yet, everyone assume this will be our plan.

Blogsphere, please enlighten me!

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3 comments

  1. Leah H.

    WHAT!!!! Am I not coming for three months? Quit my job to sit in a corporate let apartment by myself for most of the day? I opt for staying here to continue earning a buck and watching TV on our glorious HD tv.

  2. Dan Gros

    If you do happen to go and you want to make sure the tv is warm and safe, just put it in my apt. I'll even help you move it.As for why people ask? That is simple. It's very common for an X-month stay to turn into forever. How often do you hear of college students who moved to NYC to study then stayed here for work, in spite of having no intention to do so? In any case, it's going to be very very cold when you get back! Enjoy your trip and try not to miss XBS too much HAHAAHAHAHAHA… oh I amuse me.

  3. Alex

    Ah, you mean people who has no discipline? 🙂 I'll be back in the US come Jan, I promise you. Especially since I don't really want to stay in London, let alone UK for longer than 3 months at a time.

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