Welcome to our site. Excuse the mess, the main reason for this site is to give me practice on new web design technique’s. Because of this it’s always changing and there will be parts that don’t work and others that might not look right as I’m working on it continually, but the main theme of this is my wife and I so here we go…..
Prima and I started this family in 2002 in Grand Rapids, Mi. where I had a nice house and worked as an electrician for Johnson Electric. Being in construction I could see the signs that Michigan’s economy was about to fall so I had to get out. I didn’t realized that eventually it would be the whole country then the world, but still, I seen it so I decided to move. My wife is a teacher and wanted to teach for the same organization she went to college in and taught for in the Philippines and Thailand, the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She asked me where she should apply, well, being an extreme skier I wanted to move to the mountains so I told her to try Colorado, Utah, Lake Tahoe Ca. or Wyoming, then, just for the heck of it, try Hawaii.
She applied at a few schools in the area’s I mentioned but the only one that accepted her was Hawaii. They offered to move all our stuff, everything, so we agreed we’d make the move.
This turned out to be a very good move. The possible reason the others didn’t hire Prima was because she never taught in America and she was just here from another country but Hawaii has a strong Filipino presence so they had no reservations about her.
So, now she had a job in the US giving her experience, that was part of what made this a good move. Another part that made this a good move was that I just got so sick of construction, mainly the winters. 20 years of it, I just had enough. Now I didn’t see seasons anymore and I could look into a new career.
The move was smooth, and as a bonus, Johnson Electric let me collect unemployment for the full term, 24 weeks, then when the president passed a bill for extensions, I got another 24 weeks, so, after 20 years, I got a full year of paid vacation in Hawaii, with all our stuff, our computers, our TV, our furniture, my mountain bike, my fishing equipment, everything.
She moved there first, to get her classroom ready, I stayed behind to sell the house. My wife had to be there at the end of June. This was tough as we were only married 6 months earlier. Many times she’d call from the bus stop on her way home from work and she’d tell me about the drunks at the bus stop and that she was nervous. Me, I’m picturing this beautiful Hawaii scene with out of place drunks, that view would soon change.
About the end of July I was getting sick of waiting, the house wasn’t selling. The market dropped the same week I put it up for sale, proving to me I was right, the economy was falling. My parents didn’t believe it, they were mad, mainly at my wife. They thought she was the one that didn’t like it in Michigan and wanted to get back to the tropics, not true! It was all me, I mean, who wouldn’t want to live in Hawaii? They just didn’t believe me about the economy, they would soon realize how right I was.
So, at the end of August I had it. Johnson Electric was laying off people left and right. Just after Prima left they laid of 30, then another 40, then more. By mid August there was only a skeleton crew. They kept me as long as they could, working me every other week so I could collect unemployment on the weeks off, most companies would work you a few hours a week, just enough so you can’t collect, but Johnson Electric was an outstanding company as far as being fare to employees. So, by the end of August I left to Hawaii, I just left the house to the Realtor.
More to come……
|Chrystina A G.
Born on November 9, 2007. She has a web site with most of her pix at chrystina.us
|Lianna D G.
Born May 26, 2004. She also has a website with most of her pix at lianna.us