Farewell for now
Due to a recent change, it is time for me to set aside this quest, at least for now. It's really a good/bad news situation.
The Bad: I've been working for the same company for the past 7+ years (my previous record was 2 years) and while it's been a fun and convenient (10 minute commute) place to work, it's been clear that a change was necessary. It's been 4 1/2 years since my last raise and with the rising insurance premiums I have less net pay than when I started out with the company. Though I was one of the lucky few that didn't get laid off so I guess it wasn't all bad. Basically I was one of the remnants of a dying company and it looks like it's only a matter of time before it closes.
The Good: Finally found and landed a new gig late last week. Better pay, cheaper health care and I'll be working with/for an old friend of mine. The down side is that my daily 20 minute round trip will turn into about 2 hours. That combined with the challenges of a new job have convinced me to take a break for awhile.
In the short time I've been on the training regime I've noted a marked improvement in my tactical skill, so if you're reading this and wondering if it's worth the effort... it is. My recommendations, for what they are worth.
- Go through a basic tactics book before you start the circles. Even if it's just a quick review.
- Don't stress about percentages.
- Use random problems for each level.
- Warmup for a minute or 2.
- Join up with the Knights and take advantage of the support.
Thanks and good luck to all. I'll keep reading the blogs as time permits.