I went into Atlanta on Monday to begin my work. I'd been having second thoughts about the whole working out of state bit, but decided to go forward. I only spent about 2 1/2 hours in Atlanta, getting some paperwork completed and receiving a high level overview of the project, documentation standards, etc. After returning home and making some contacts in Alabama, it is arranged that I leave for Birmingham on Wednesday morning and arrive there around lunchtime.
I think I have a hotel room reserved, but I have not received final confirmation yet. Now, I'm off to do some packing.