This post is being transmitted to you from a sunlit room in Los Gatos, California. I’ve got a cup of coffee, some interesting reading and a view of a rose garden, which means I’m basically in heaven. And, here’s the news, I’ve decided I’m not leaving…seriously…I’m staying put.
Now, if I’m honest (which I always try to be) the decision to move to the San Francisco Bay Area has actually been in the works for quite some time (basically since my wife got pregnant 11 months ago). The idea was to move home so we could have some family help with the new kiddo. Plus, after 16 years away, much of it in foreign countries, I was ready to come back to the place where I spent my youth (I was born in Canada but moved here when I was about 4).
And so, you may be asking, Ashby, what are you going to do? Are you leaving Oxford University? Actually, Oxford has just agreed to extend my contract for another year, which means I’ll be staying on as a Research Fellow and continuing on with the same stuff I have been doing (i.e. research, books, papers, blogs, conferences, etc.). How is that even possible? Well, having a dedicated research position (i.e. no teaching load) gives me the flexibility of locating where I like. So here we are.
From the perspective of blog readers (this means you), the only change I can foresee from all this is that blog posts will go live somewhat later than they did before.
Anyway, if you ever find yourself in the Bay Area, send me a note. I’m always interested in a chat about SWFs.