I have been working very hard on getting down to the Orlando area.
My union representative just so happened to be in a class out in Oklahoma City with a supervisor from Sanford tower (which is my #1 choice!). The sup told him about a guy that is trying to move up into the Northeast so they exchanged numbers and I've been keeping in touch with the sup about once a week since then.
The controller from Sanford doesn't want to move to a lower level facility (Sanford is an 8, here is a 7). So it was looking like a dead end. :(
Then, last night I found a guy from Baltimore (level 9) that wants to move down here to my tower because he has family here and wants to live closer to them. So, I emailed him about a three way swap. Sanford guy goes to Baltimore, Baltimore guy comes here, I go to Sanford. He says it sounds pretty good. I talked with the sup this afternoon and planted that seed and he sounded really excited and thinks the controller from Sanford might take it. (He is from the DC area and Baltimore is really close AND a level higher than Sanford). So now I wait to hear back from the sup to see if the controller will take it.
CROSS YOUR FINGERS FOR ME! This may be it.
The only catch = When doing swaps, the controllers have to be certified for 1 year before they can swap. My 1 year is in May of next year so this won't happen until at least May BUT if I can figure it all out and get it set in STONE I won't care! Because all that matters is that I get there.
I am trying not to get my hopes up. I know that one (or both) of these controllers can flake out on the deal. But it is hard not getting excited about it.