I am getting out of the Marines this month and moving to central Minnesota to start a new career as a hoist and crane technician. The wife and I were looking for houses online for awhile, but gave up on that idea since it's too much of a commitment to jump into from halfway across the country. So we have been looking for apartments for a month. We wanted to find something that would either do a monthly lease or at most a 6 month lease and we have a dog so preferably a place that takes pets. My new employer offered to foot the bill for us to fly home to look at apartments when we found some. After a month of searching , we only found one place that would do a lease for less than 1 year. So, I told the new boss (who is also my good friends dad) that it wouldn't be worth them spending the cash to have us fly home to look at one place. I asked if they could just take a quick look at it a maybe snap a couple of pics and we would probably have to settle for that place. So he calls me the other day and said he looked at it and it's a sh!thole, smells like cat piss, and there is no laundry at the place. He then askes me what the rent was going to be at this place. I tell him $425 plus electric, everything else is included. He tells me that he bought a remodeled 3 bed 2 bath with new appliances right across the street from the crane shop. He goes on to say that he would like us to live in it for as long as we wanted to with no lease, for $400 per month, and we can have our dog there too. He said he knows what a pain moving across the country can be and doesn't want me to work there a few months and then quit because we can't find a nice place to live. I think this new job is gonna be sweet. It pays well, good benefits, I get a 2002 F-150 extended cab 4x4 with leather to drive daily, all expenses paid (except gas for personal trips)and now cheap roomy living right across the street. Oh, and I don't have to be to work until 8:30 which means I can sleep in until 8:00 ( I get up at 5:00 now) I will be working in all kinds of factories in a lot of different cities so it should stay interesting. Anyone here ever worked as a hoist/crane tech or salesman?