I met up for lunch with an old friend yesterday, someone it turned out I hadn't seen for at least 12 or 13 years. It was lovely to be able to tell him my news, as I had been dreading the prospect of having to answer the inevitable question of "So, what do you do these days?" with the euphemism that I was inbetween jobs. Over the past 9 months I've found, that people don't always know how best to react to such news.
Anyway, I received Apple's Letter of Intent first thing this morning; all it needs now for my appointment to go through is Cupertino's approval\confirmation of the terms and benefits we have agreed on, which is part of the reason why they can't let me start in the job any sooner. I have, however, suggested that I come in for a day or two before my official starting date, and at no cost to them, just to get a feel for the job -- I'm waiting for them to come back to me on that.