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Interesting phone call....

SallyBR1's picture

Hubby got an amazing phone call yesterday - someone suggested him to fill a position of "Dean of Research" at the University of Minnesota

!!!!!!!!

of course, it is a great ego massage, but he is aware that one does not take a Brazilian to Minnesota.

Can you imagine???? I would die in the first weeks of Fall. Just for the fun of it, the temp today is MINUS THREE FARENHEIT.

(Sally faints)

 


 


"Sally who? Sally in the corner"
(Amy, November 2006)

AnnL's picture

(post #46591, reply #1 of 47)

Wow, that is great for him!!  Oh, come on, you'ld get used to the cold.  It's not so bad, really.   :-)

AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

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SallyBR1's picture

(post #46591, reply #2 of 47)

THere is absolutely no way I can survive in Minnesota. No way.

I would be miserable. Totally miserable.

He would never do it anyway if it meant dropping our own research - so let's see what happens. Still, it is a wonderful offer.

 


 


"Sally who? Sally in the corner"
(Amy, November 2006)

msm-s's picture

(post #46591, reply #3 of 47)

summers are nice there- and maybe you could winter-over in a sunny spa! i have the opposite problem; stuck in the muggy south and pining for snow and states on the north border.

ashleyd's picture

(post #46591, reply #10 of 47)

It's a great offer, and much credit to him (and you!). Having recently posted that I couldn't take the extreme temperatures (in this case cold) I can totally sympathise with your views on that. Mind you maybe the Dean gets to select what programs to work on...


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schnitzel's picture

(post #46591, reply #12 of 47)

C'mon... where's your sense of adventure?!


SallyBR1's picture

(post #46591, reply #14 of 47)

my sense of adventure is somewhere between 75 and 105 F

:-)

 


 


"Sally who? Sally in the corner"
(Amy, November 2006)

AnnL's picture

(post #46591, reply #20 of 47)

105F?!?!


<Ann faints>


Edit to add that it doesn't hurt to talk to them and see what they would be willing to compensate.  If nothing else, it will give you and Phil and idea of his/your worth. 



AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.



Edited 12/1/2006 10:07 am ET by AnnL

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

madnoodle's picture

(post #46591, reply #24 of 47)

Yeah, maybe the compensation would be two weeks in Hawaii every February . . .

Saskatchewan:  our mountain-removal project is nearly complete.

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

diddidit's picture

(post #46591, reply #23 of 47)

Oh, quit being such a wuss. Buy an old beater car, put snow tires on it, and have fun...

<grin>

did

annieqst's picture

(post #46591, reply #4 of 47)

One, congrats to your hubby! Great honor.


Two, I grew up in Minnesota and the summers (in my opinion) were far worse than the winters. (I hated the humidity.) Winters are now much milder there than they were growing up and falls are absolutely spectacular.


Three, I moved to the PNW. Couldn't stand the humidity. :)

Jean's picture

(post #46591, reply #5 of 47)

Wow! That's great.  You can put on more sweaters, Sally.


Edited to add that I just remembered you have a touch of Raynaud's don't you.  That's not the climate to live in then.




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samchang's picture

(post #46591, reply #6 of 47)

That's a great boost for Phil.


 


FWIW, DW survived (just barely!) when she went to upstate NY for college from a lifetime in tropical Hong Kong. It can be done . . . although now that you mention it, she did say something about blue and purple feet and legs . . . .

FitnessNut's picture

(post #46591, reply #7 of 47)

Congratulations to Phil! It isn't every day that someone makes a recommendation like that!

You'd survive. I managed to make it through the seeming eternity of three Winnipeg winters (sorry, Geoffchef!) and I'm still here! You have no idea of the exhilirating feeling of running through crunchy snow. It really is quite wonderful (as long as you remember that clothing is mandatory).

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KarenP's picture

(post #46591, reply #8 of 47)

Sally, Sally, Sally..everything in the downtowns is hooked together by skyways, you don't even need a coat.  The summer would warm you enough to get you through the winter.  You would have a whole new array of sports to participate in!  You'd be used to it in no time!  I think you'd like it there...of course, I'm biased.
  And I have to say, I miss thunderstorms like crazy.  We were looking out the window of our office and our  new partner asked if we were about to have a thunderstorm..he's just moved from Michigan and missing them already.


Edited 12/1/2006 1:38 am by KarenP

annieqst's picture

(post #46591, reply #27 of 47)

Karen, I just responded to one of your other emails...boy do we think in sync! I've been away from MN for almost 30 years and I can't tell you how much I miss thunderstorms! Everytime I hear a crack or see lightening I'm thrilled, but the PNW doesn't begin to do them justice. I purposely plan my trips back home to see my family at t-storm time, in hopes that a Boomer might happen, a really window shaker!

KarenP's picture

(post #46591, reply #31 of 47)

I miss thunderstorms! Everytime I hear a crack or see lightening I'm thrilled, but the PNW doesn't begin to do them justice. I purposely plan my trips back home to see my family at t-storm time, in hopes that a Boomer might happen, a really window shaker!


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plantlust's picture

(post #46591, reply #32 of 47)

But doesn't MN have mozzies the size of those pesky black helicopters that keep following me around?

Mouzies - minus 3, human - three. Dogs still useless, traps set but are being licked clean.  Adjustment necessary.

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Adele's picture

(post #46591, reply #33 of 47)

What are mozzies? 


 


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

MadMom's picture

(post #46591, reply #34 of 47)

I think they must be mosquitos.



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Adele's picture

(post #46591, reply #35 of 47)

That was my first thought, but then I wasn't sure. 


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

annieqst's picture

(post #46591, reply #36 of 47)

Funny you should bring that up! I was just talking about that very thing with some other transplanted Minnesotans over dinner last night. We decided Avon's Skin So Soft was the ticket. But go to Alaska? Never! I hear THEIR mozzies (yes, mosquitos) are as big as those cargo planes! :)

Adele's picture

(post #46591, reply #39 of 47)

Avon's Skin So Soft


We used that in boot camp at Parris Island for the no see ums.  I've never been without it since.  It's like magic.


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

SallyBR1's picture

(post #46591, reply #44 of 47)

Which product you are talking about?

Isn t skin so soft a full line of Avon stuff? (I seem to remember from their website, never bought anything from Avon here in the US)

 


 


"Sally who? Sally in the corner"
(Amy, November 2006)

annieqst's picture

(post #46591, reply #45 of 47)

Yep, Skin So Soft is from Avon. I believe it's supposed to be a moisturizer. A friend and I went camping in covered one arm in DEET and the other in Skin So Soft. Mosquitoes landed on the Avon'd arm, but did not bite. I'm a believer!

Gretchen's picture

(post #46591, reply #46 of 47)

It works for some. I'm not one unfortunately but I keep trying.

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AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #46591, reply #43 of 47)

I used to live in Fairbanks as a kid, and I can attest to the fact that babies must be tethered down in the summer lest the skeeters take them away, lol!

Okay, I exaggerate a bit. But only a bit.

 


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knitpik's picture

(post #46591, reply #9 of 47)

Sally, if I can do it so can you. We are both from the tropics, remember? It's -11C right now and that's not so bad. Ask Madnoodle.

Wolvie's picture

(post #46591, reply #11 of 47)

great news!


And - you could take it. :-)


 


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SallyBR1's picture

(post #46591, reply #13 of 47)

We are very happy for the offer, of course. I think Phil deserves it!

I think they really want him to accept the job - he got another phone call, and when he pointed out the reasons for NOT going - very cold climate, less time to work on his own research - they kept saying things like "we will compensate for that"

one wonders... :-)

The situation is a bit too complicated, though - apparently he would have 50% of time devoted to being the Dean, and the rest for research. We know very well it would not be the case - his work in the lab would be totally compromised - that means that the lab would fall on my shoulders - so, a friend of his who is the Dean of the Graduate college in a shool in the East Coast advised him to negotiate some kind of a deal for me in the package.

but the truth is, we don t really want to move there, I don t think.

We'll "play by ear", as he says - but it is good to know that people are paying attention to our work.

Who knows what that can bring??????

signed

Sally, who L-O-V-E-S California.....

 


 


"Sally who? Sally in the corner"
(Amy, November 2006)

SallyBR1's picture

(post #46591, reply #15 of 47)

Talking to myself

I just hope no one from our department reads this board.....

geez..... getting a bit paranoid about it

 


 


"Sally who? Sally in the corner"
(Amy, November 2006)