bigato's journal

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bigato
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Post by bigato » Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:04 pm

Since one member asked, I'll update this :) Well I've not been updating nor reading much of the forums since I turned from an ere-wannabe to a careerist and workaholic to some extend. I still love you guys, but I don't think I have that much to contribute anymore. But still, if someone wants to read I'll update, since this is a nice place to write and receive free advice from very smart people!

Not many news on the job promotions front, I am still at the same position/wage/department. There are a lot of rules and bureacracy that makes it hard to climb faster. After I complete two years in the position (next october), it will be easier, but I would rather not wait that much. You can guess I am a bit bored because of that.

New guys that were hired helped a great deal with building a new foundation for the systems we use there now. I became a kind of unofficial team leader, and these days I spent more time tutoring the less experienced programmers than actually programming. That's not bad, I think I like it. I feel sad sometimes because I would like to see dedication in people and not everybody is willing to put as much effort as necessary into the art. On the other side, I've been learning to judge better how much I can expect from each person and avoiding giving the wrong kind of assignment to each person, in a way that everybody can still be productive within their limitations. Their progress also makes me see very clearly how much of success in this field (or in any other I guess) is due not so much to natural talent or intelligence, but to time and effort that one puts towards improving their skills.

The bigger news is that after last brazilian presidential elections in November 2015, I became very disappointed with my country and culture. I kind of lost hope, and started to think about moving abroad to have a better life. I have a quite reasonable pay for my country, I have the most satisfaction I ever had in any job in my life. I have a couple of properties that are worth some money, I have a stable job. But for the first time in my life I started to see that a lot of the feeling of not fitting in that I always had in my life, is because of the culture of my country. So much corruption among everybody, in all levels. We are robbed daily since birth in so many levels and people who are educated to be honest have a very hard time findind their place. Also, economy is going south, and we faced the worst drought recorded here in Sao Paulo last year. It's nothing when compared to what California is suffering, but people and government are much less prepared here, and it will take time to adapt and build the infraestructure to live with this new climate. Meanwhile, we will suffer. Now we still have water in the pipes everyday, but only in the morning.

Also we have people being killed here daily by thieves, the violence numbers are quite ugly. You get used to seeing it on the tv and you can rationalize that it won't happen to you, but statistically is not a good place to be. Just this week I had to hit a guy on the street to defend myself: he asked for something and put his hand on my shoulder and then I pushed him back because he did physical contact with me. I kept walking, but he became mad because I pushed him, and then came after me. First he tried to throw a small rock at me, and then he got a really big one. I managed to get cover and was able to get close to him when he went behind a tree to get more rocks and wasn't seeing me. Since I had told him a lot of times to go away and he wouldn't, I had to use a punch and a hard kick to convince him otherwise. He had a big rock in his hand, if I wasn't paying attention he could have sneaked behind me and could have hurt me badly. When I first pushed him back, we were at like 100m away from a couple of cops. I don't know if they didn't see anything or if they didn't care.

So, after some research I decided that I want to try to immigrate to Canada. Most likely Toronto. ERE guys sometimes make their pile in a richer country and then move to a cheaper one to fast track their way into retirement. I am doing it backwards :) The most difficult part will be selling my two properties I think. I have and ad online for the cheaper one, and I am learning to use facebook ads and google adwords to improve my chances to sell them. So far, I had one thousand clicks in my ad and one single message asking for some details. I answered it, and the person didn't write back.

Because I felt I needed to have college or university degree, I started one in July 2014. I study via internet and it is two years long. I also have a electronics technician degree that I heard that will be recognized in Canada as "post-secondary", thus giving enough points in the immigration process to even make the college degree unnecessary. But I still have to send my diploma to make sure.

In other news, in December 2014 I became a brazilian jiu jitsu brown belt.

Not a very exciting life, and also not very ERE, but there you have it. :)

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Re: bigato's journal

Post by m741 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:19 pm

Good to see an update, and congrats on the jiu-jitsu brown belt. I'd still be curious to hear updates from someone who's "former ERE."

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Post by LiberateMind » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:02 pm

I for one regularly checking for your updates.. :)
So, after some research I decided that I want to try to immigrate to Canada. Most likely Toronto. ERE guys sometimes make their pile in a richer country and then move to a cheaper one to fast track their way into retirement. I am doing it backwards :) The most difficult part will be selling my two properties I think.
I think that would be a difficult decision to make. All the best on making the move.

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Post by C40 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:51 pm

If you make it up to Toronto within the next couple years, we may get a chance to meet. I go there sometimes for work. Toronto is a nice area and a true cultural melting pot. There are so many people there from so many places. From what I've heard, real-estate is VERY expensive!

Congratulations on the brown belt! That is a serious accomplishment!!

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Post by bigato » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:36 am

Thanks for the interest and for the congratulations, guys.

Yeah LiberateMind, I think that selling that rural property will hurt me. That's probably why I am postponing putting an ad online for it. The other property I don't care that much about.

C40, thank you for the information regarding Toronto. It's not set on stone yet, but so far I thought that it would be a good place to work in my field and a place that I could maybe enjoy living in. Maybe after some more years working, or after I have more money and get some telecommuting job, I could explore more areas on the countryside. The good part is that even if I can't do that, I suspect that it could be a place where I would be reasonably satisfied to live and work for the rest of my life. That's not the case in Sao Paulo now, where I enjoy the work, the bjj, but mostly dislike the city, the people and the culture; so I always have this feeling that it should be only temporary. Another reason for Toronto is because I am too competitive. Not that I obssess over scoring more points than the guy next to me, I actually don't care about that. But I like to feel that I am pushing my limits and being good at what I do. I believe that a more competitive environment (when compared to smaller cities) like Toronto would be better for this. Also, the best jobs in my field tends to be available in bigger companies (or startups that are on their way to become big). I think that if I were to move to a smaller city in Canada, I would probably gravitate towards Toronto anyway. But when the time comes to actually decide what city I will go, I will try to get advice from all the canadians and americans here. Also, meet as much of you guys in person as possible :)

I also like that I will give up my stable job. I wasn't cut for this kind of stability, I would rather be able to move more and be rewarded by my accomplishments instead of being rewarded by sitting still over the years.

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Re: bigato's journal

Post by J_ » Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:39 pm

Dear Bigato,
Good to hear from you again. I think you have grown a lot the last years personally speaking. Sell your properties and go for another life/adventure. You seem to me to be a kind of warrior. Go on, it suits you, as I think that you do it very deliberate.

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Re: bigato's journal

Post by Linnie » Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:34 pm

I think that whatever you decide to do, you will land on your feet. :D

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Post by bigato » Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:28 pm

Thank you, J_. Nice to hear from you too. Thank you for your advice.

Thank you very much Linnie :)

Guys, yesterday I and my wife were on the street, and we noticed that a junkie on the other side of the street was trying to break into a parked car. We kept walking. He tried another car. Then he started to come in our direction. Luckly for him our bus arrived just in time. Just some more motivation to keep working to move to Canada.

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Re: bigato's journal

Post by TheWanderingScholar » Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:15 am

Stay safe, dude!

And good luck in getting into Canada.

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Post by bigato » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:49 pm

Thank you YoungAndWise.

And guys, I have news. After seven years I am single again. I will now take time to get rid of a lot of things, organize my house and my thoughts, and see what direction I will take in my life.

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Re: bigato's journal

Post by saving-10-years » Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:29 am

This is a LOT of change happening with your life at one time. I wish you every success with your transitions - the country, job, housing, education and relationship initiatives.

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Post by TheWanderingScholar » Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:39 am

Holy crap, dude. Best of luck in this transition.

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Post by rube » Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:37 am

Hefty. Wish you the best.

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Re: bigato's journal

Post by sky » Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:41 am

I wish you good luck and wisdom. Perhaps this will open the door to new opportunities.

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Re: bigato's journal

Post by Linnie » Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:52 am

The first time someone told me "This is like a second chance in life" after my husband left; I bawled my eyes out - I was so not ready to appreciate that! Now I see that that is indeed true. Best of luck with your new direction!

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Re: bigato's journal

Post by m741 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 7:14 pm

Wow! I hope everything is OK, Bigato, and wish both of you the best (but mostly you :D )!

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Post by George the original one » Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:47 pm

You know we're around if you need us, just holler!

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Re: bigato's journal

Post by mxlr650 » Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:09 am

And guys, I have news. After seven years I am single again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bekvgMEcgqI#t=67

Enjoy your newfound freedom! :lol:

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Re: bigato's journal

Post by Star*Bucks » Mon May 04, 2015 4:53 am

I enjoyed reading your journal & I'm happy to see the great progress you've made. I'm sorry to hear about the break up man. I know you stated you wanted to leave Brazil but they have the most beautiful women there from what I hear. I hope to be there next year for Carnival since it's during my birthday. I also heard about the crime there and it can be very bad; I hope to avoid that. My advice to you Bigato is to come to the Bay Area! I spent my entire life in Nor Cal & it's absolutely beautiful, there are lots of tech companies always hiring as well as start ups. The down side is it's expensive and lots of traffic on the freeways. To save money if you would be coming over single, you could rent a room instead of your own apartment craigslist.org is a decent place to check but always vet the place/owner first. Let me know if you need any advice/help I'd be happy to share what knowledge I have.

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Re: bigato's journal

Post by bigato » Thu May 07, 2015 4:53 am

Thank you very much guys. Your words really meant a lot to me in the very stressful days that I endured after the separation.

Hey Star*Bucks, I assure you that there are lots of ugly women here too, in fact the great majority of them are ugly. Do not be fooled by propaganda, it's only to steal your money. Carnaval is disgusting and very expensive. I am sure you can find lots of interesting women in USA, it's a very big country.

Thank you for your advice on the bay area, I'll think about it.

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