Several years ago,
Lynn and I had the fantasy of someday maybe moving to Europe,
perhaps in our retirement years. Lynn had been with IKEA from 1989
until the end of '96. She returned there in the spring of '02 and we
started to talk about it again. In the fall of '03, she applied for
a job in Japan. I was not happy: too much culture shock. It would
have been a totally
different way of life with a different language whose alphabet was
unknown to us. Fortunately for me, they decided not to fill the job.
But the exercise whetted her appetite.
In February 04 she
applied for two jobs, one in Delft, Holland, and the other in
Luxembourg. The Dutch folks called and asked her to come over. The
Luxembourg guys were non-responsive to that point so we came here to
Delft for the
preliminary interview in April. The day we got back, Luxembourg
called and asked when we could come to Europe. So in June we were
back. They also eventually chose not to fill the job which I was happy about.
The Dutch made the
offer, she accepted, yada yada yada, and here we are.