When it came to the promotion and the new position, I declined it at first.
The bosses thought I was playing hardball, so they upped their initial offer.
They needed me in the new location, so they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Not only was the pay bump substantial, but they would give me a signing bonus, and pay for all my moving expenses. I would have been a fool to turn down that much money, so I accepted the job and moved into the Deep South. Keep in mind that my old house didn’t even have a working air conditioner, but it was so rarely needed. There were one or two weeks a year, in the heart of summer, when an air conditioner would have been helpful. However, the cost of buying an A/C was too high for something I wouldn’t use very often. In my new home down south things are very different, and I have run the air conditioner every single day since I moved here. Thankfully the new position pays enough that I don’t have to stress about it, I can afford the utility bills, and the regular HVAC maintenance I need to ensure the system keeps running. I don’t know if I will ever be able to fully adjust to the heat and humidity, but at least I know that my home will have perfect climate control. That said, if I had to live here and didn’t have access to air conditioning I am sure it would be very hard to survive.