I'm a transplanted ABQ native. I grew up in Albuquerque, attending Del Norte High and graduating in the Spring of 1999. After graduation I went on to the University of Arizona to study physics. After a bit of a course correction mid-way through (those always seem to come at the least opportune times) I found myself with a degree in aerospace engineering and stuck in Tucson.
Job opportunities in Tucson are scarce, and though I had an invitation from friends to move to Phoenix, I chose instead to spend a week in Albuquerque with my belongings in a U-Haul trailer and then moved to Denver.
In Denver, I worked my butt off waiting tables at 2 restaurants to make ends meet as I applied for a myriad of jobs in the aerospace industry - final count was between 250 and 300 job applications. No jobs seemed to fit my requirements, but being picky was a requirement when the jobs were as off-the-mark as several offers were.
Finally, in August of 2006, after several months of searching I was contacted by Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle about a job at their widebody (747/767/777/787) assembly plant. I was hired, moved to a small town north of Seattle and the fun began.
I visit Albuquerque a few times a year, and I never quite manage to shake the feeling that it'd be a good place to live again one day. I miss the crisp Fall air at Albuquerque's altitude, miss the Crest, miss the green chile and New Mexican culture, and definitely miss the traffic. Maybe one day I'll be back for good, but for now, Seattle is where my career has led me.