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Goodbye Columbus

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  • #1089031
    hugh59
    hugh59
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    The last few days have been very amazing. A co-worker named Bob came into my office Monday afternoon to talk about our careers in the agency.

    Then my phone rang. It was the new Attorney General of the Virgin Islands. He is an old friend; we started together on the same day in the office twenty years ago. I saw in the news that he had been nominated to be Attorney General a few days earlier. I did not have his email address and I did not feel entitled to call him to congratulate him. There he was calling me.

    And then he asked me to come work for him. In fact, he insisted. You see, the Virgin Islands is involved in billions of dollars (yes…BILLIONS) in tax litigation with a partnership that owns an oil refinery on St. Croix.

    http://virginislandsdailynews.com/news/hovensa-owners-sue-v-i-government-for-236m-1.1812057
    http://www.law360.com/articles/636970/pdvsa-disputes-4-billion-virgin-islands-tax-assessment

    So, a long story short…I am going back to my old job in the Virgin Islands. I start on Monday. I fly down on Sunday. I gave my two weeks notice earlier today; I will take one week of vacation so I can be on St. Thomas to get briefed on the case and start working on it, then I will be back in Ohio for a week for my final week on the job. Then back to the islands…and back and forth for a while.

    Mae will be joining me soon. We have to sort through our belongings. We have to find a place to live. We have to sell our house in Olde Towne East.

    I love Columbus. I was born here. This is my home. I will miss it. Hopefully I will be back. My family is all here. Some of them are very sad that we are leaving. But this is the case of a lifetime and if I did not take this offer I would regret it.

    Funny thing is that several months ago one of the lawyers working on the case made a post on FaceBook talking about the lawsuit. I posted a comment where, in jest, I wondered if the USVI might hire me back to litigate the case. Oh well….my jest became reality.

    #1089034
    Coremodels
    Coremodels
    Participant

    I hear the winters in St. Thomas are terrible.

    Or something.

    Also, no streetcar and short buildings.

    #1089048
    hugh59
    hugh59
    Participant

    I hear the winters in St. Thomas are terrible.

    Or something.

    Also, no streetcar and short buildings.

    You are so right Coremodels. Life in paradise is pure, unending hell.

    #1089049

    DavidF
    Participant

    Congratulations Hugh! Hopefully you won’t stop posting here.

    #1089054

    drew
    Participant

    Hugh – I’m a coffee runner, that’s what I do. I get people coffee. I’m good at it, in fact I’m the best in the contiguous 48. This makes me sad, makes me complacent. It’s lonely at the top. I need a challenge, and I need a change of coffee fetching scenery.

    Public servants need coffee – lots of it, strong and hot. I can provide. I’m the best.

    What I’m saying, Hugh, is that you need me. And I need you. In a tropical setting.

    Wait a minute, they don’t have street cars? Screw that. Offer rescinded.

    #1089106
    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans
    Keymaster

    Congrats and best of luck to you both!

    #1089110
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Sounds like a pretty amazing opportunity! Congrats! :D

    #1089194
    vestanpance
    vestanpance
    Participant

    Congrats, sounds like an adventure.

    #1089209

    Roland
    Participant

    I’ll never forget when that AT-AT made of legos fell on your head. /sniff I thought you were a goner.

    Lets have a BBQ and celebrate!

    #1090133
    hugh59
    hugh59
    Participant

    Hugh – I’m a coffee runner, that’s what I do. I get people coffee. I’m good at it, in fact I’m the best in the contiguous 48. This makes me sad, makes me complacent. It’s lonely at the top. I need a challenge, and I need a change of coffee fetching scenery.

    Public servants need coffee – lots of it, strong and hot. I can provide. I’m the best.

    What I’m saying, Hugh, is that you need me. And I need you. In a tropical setting.

    Wait a minute, they don’t have street cars? Screw that. Offer rescinded.

    Drew, it is really unfortunate, but there already is someone named “Drew” on St. Thomas who serves coffee. He is an old friend of mine who is a co-owner of the Frenchtown Deli. The island is too small for there to be more than one coffee server named “Drew.”

    #1090140
    hugh59
    hugh59
    Participant

    I give up. I was trying to post an update…but CU will not show it. I do not know why. Oh..it lets me post THIS message. Okay. Here is my update.

    I signed a lease for an apartment.

    https://virgin.craigslist.org/apa/5151899929.html

    I also have a deposit down on a car:

    http://clients.automanager.com/009946/vehicle-details/2011-ford-fiesta-se-sedan-f7afb1bcc56b7c49bf6c5e8a37234be1

    My first week on the job was exciting. There were a few old friends. I made a bunch of new friends. My supervisor is great. The uber-boss is a friend who respects me. The work is challenging, exciting, and crucial.

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    #1090142
    hugh59
    hugh59
    Participant

    I signed a lease for an apartment. Here is the view:

    View from my Apartment

    I also have a deposit down on a car:

    Greenie the Third

    My first week on the job was exciting. There were a few old friends. I made a bunch of new friends. My supervisor is great. The uber-boss is a friend who respects me. The work is challenging, exciting, and crucial.

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    #1090160
    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans
    Keymaster

    :) nice view!

    #1090275
    rus
    rus
    Participant

    Late to the party, but have fun out there, Hugh.

    #1090303

    ricospaz
    Participant

    Good Riddance. Columbus already has too many lawyers.

    Haha I kid I kid. Congrats to you and your wife! You’ll miss the CBus winters one day!r

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