I found out today that I'll be going to Austin for a six week assignment at the IBM International Technical Support Organization. I will be participating in an ITSO residency, helping to write a Redbook on an upcoming release of Tivoli Workload Scheduler. TWS is an IBM software program that I've worked with for almost a decade. I've particpated in several of these residencies in the past, and have always enjoyed it.
Austin is where I grew, up and my parents still live there; so the residency will afford me the opportunity to visit with family and friends. For six long weeks, I'll be able to work during the day and hang out with my loved ones during the evening and on the weekends.
The timing of the assignment is perfect. The residency will end in mid-November, so I plan to extend my stay a week or so using a saved vacation days. This will allow me to spend the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday with my extended family, who will all be in Texas for the occasion. I must say too that I'm looking forward to being able to escape from Sweden for a while during the time of year when the weather here is the most miserable.