When Steph and I first moved out to California in June of 2002, we were both in agreement that we’d probably move back to Minnesota in a year or two. Certainly, we thought, the Pacific Ocean and earthquakes had nothing on our snowmen, our hotdish, our Ole and Lena jokes.
Obviously we weren’t correct in that guess, and for good reason. Apple has treated me fantastically over the last six years, allowing me to grow and learn in directions I had never imagined when I first arrived. Somehow I still feel like the Apple fan I was in high school, even though I’m a part of that magic now. Hyde Middle School brought Stephanie to new levels of excellence in teaching and even indirectly encouraged her to get her Master’s degree. The friends we made at work and at PBCC drew us in, convinced us to put down some roots, and gave us good reason to stay. And here we’ve been to this day.
But it turns out we were right that we wouldn’t stay forever.
A few months ago Steph and I decided it was time to go back to Minnesota. Caleb was a large part of that decision, but not the only part. I started looking for jobs in Minnesota a few weeks ago, and last Friday I accepted an awesome job offer as a web developer for a startup called Enclarity in Minneapolis.
So, what now? Yesterday I gave Apple my two-week notice. February 15th will be my final day there. (Appropriately near to Valentine’s Day, I think, since leaving Apple will for me be like breaking up with a long-time girlfriend.) We’ll be packing all our worldly possessions into a PODS unit in our driveway over the next two weeks, and on the 18th we’ll kiss the West Coast goodbye and board a plane in San Francisco, headed for good ol’ MSP.
If you’re in The Valley, take a moment to come see us if you can, or just send us a quick email or leave a comment below. We don’t have too much time to say goodbye, and we’d love to see you one more time.
If you’re in The Cities, make sure you’ve got that Swedish meatball recipe ready and turn on some Prairie Home Companion. We’ll be stopping by soon for a little lunch.