Texas, here we come

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Kafelnikov's avatar
Hi everyone,

In the next couple of days I will be leaving my apartment in California and moving to Midland, Texas as part of my company's relocation. 

I'm not a native Californian. In fact, like most people at XCOR, I'm an import. I was born in Connecticut, grew up in Rhode Island, went to college in Florida, and I've spent the first 5 years of my professional career in California. Admittedly, I have mixed feelings about leaving. Over the past few years I've grown comfortable with the setting, and it's been great to visit amazing places like Yosemite, San Francisco, and San Diego. I've swam in the Pacific Ocean, climbed mountains, hiked trails, and motorcycled through canyons. I've found loves and lost loves. I've grown, physically, personally and professionally.

I won't miss the local politics or the drought, but I will cherish the memories I've made here. I will build new memories in my new home, and I will remember the events that brought me to where I am. 

Who knows how long I will call Texas my home, or where I will travel to next, but I am thankful for all the opportunities and blessings I have been given. While I'm reflecting on everything, I just want to give everyone here on dA my sincere thanks for sharing their work with me, for reading my story, and for helping make life great. I love you all. 


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byakurai1313's avatar
Glad they're finally moving you two years after they said they would! ;) Safe moving and travels dude, please make it to Texas safely!
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Treyva's avatar
Just wondering what you do at XCOR and  if you have been bought up by Textron?  
Kafelnikov's avatar
Im the lead engineer of the propulsion group (liquid rockets), and I've been with XCOR for about 5 years now.

We are a privately held company and have not been bought by any other entity. In total, including our sales branch in Holland, we have 80-something employees.
Treyva's avatar
So a real life rocket scientist then. So now I have to ask if finishing your book was as hard as rocket science?

I was wondering about the move to Texas because I read that Textron has been buying up (or trying to buy up) a bunch of new stuff to diversify their holdings and they are based in Texas. I knew XCOR was based in California (because I'm a nerd who is interested in that kind of stuff) so are they relocating because California is becoming hostile to their business or is Texas better for logistical reasons?
Kafelnikov's avatar
They're both hard in their own ways. Writing isn't as constrained as real world engineering because it's fantasy and you can bend or break the rules as you see fit, but in my professional life, physics are what they are and I work within those bounds.

The relocation is due to several factors, but basically we were out of space in our Mojave facility and we needed to grow. We looked at a lot of different places all over the country, but Texas ended up giving us a very business friendly climate to expand into.
Treyva's avatar
Damn those pesky laws of physics. All being, "No you can't do that. Now meet my friend ground and his cousin pain."

As for the move, best of luck to you. I have family in Texas and a friend who moved away not to long ago and they like/liked it there. 
darkspeeds's avatar
Happy to hear that you're livin' life to the fullest - with memories and experiences to look back on and with new adventures to gain from! California's amazing and I'm sure Texas will not disappoint. Speak to you on Skype for another catch up soon Geoff!
Zagura's avatar
Woo safe travels!
GPedde's avatar
Wow, you've been all over the place. Best of luck transitioning. 

I have family in California, and I've visited Yosemite several times throughout my life so I have some very fond memories there as well. 
ezioauditore97's avatar
Aw,thank you!

I hope the transition goes well for you buddy! :) (Smile) 
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