Well done PD, never heard of the NGS before now (had you?) but a quick google filled me in... a bit.
I had never heard of the NGS per se, no, but I've fooled around a bit with GPS units, and I knew that there was a federal agency that handled that kind of mapping (from finding the survey discs).
Interesting you use the metric system - does this make you a pariah in the general population now?
I haven't been there long enough yet to know whether it will be a problem. *chuckle*
Its such a more sensible measure.
I know. I wish like hell the US would convert to metric. The avoirdupois system sucks.
Is work hard to find over there? i'm working for myself but get offers for full time wages employment all the time. In the last 6 weeks I've been offered 4 jobs without even looking...
It depends on a lot of things. In my case, finding work isn't too hard for several reasons:
1) I live in the Metro DC area, where unemployment is usually lower than in most parts of the nation, even in a recession, because the federal government doesn't close or anything like that.
2) I work in IT, and the unemployment rate in general in IT is quite a bit lower than it is in most other industries, at least in the US.
3) If you'll pardon my immodesty, I have a very impressive résumé. I've been working in the field for many years, and I'm also vendor-certified on both Windows and OS X, which is an extremely rare combination. In the entire Metro DC area, there are only about twenty or so such individuals. (A lot of people don't even know that Apple has
a certification program.)
I'm also in pretty high demand, getting offers quite a bit from cold calls, and on a few occasions, I've even had to deal with the "problem" of having too many employment offers and figuring out how to diplomatically decline the ones I don't want. Believe me, with the way the economy is and all (plus my disabilities, which can sometimes make it difficult for me to handle the workplace), there's hardly a day that goes by that I don't think about how fortunate I am not to be living in someplace like, say, Detroit or Akron.
Thanks to all for the props!