My life here is not over after all
As I posted a while back about the upcoming changes in my life, I figured I should follow up and let everyone know that plans have changed. My *wonderful* employer listened to my concerns and issues and has decided to allow me to stay where I am for the time being. I’ll be officially based out of their Chicago office, but will continue to actually do the work from my humble basement. I’ll make periodic pilgrimages to various offices (most usually the Boston office, but occasionally the India office and perhaps the Chicago one as well) as needed but for the most part, yall are stuck with me for the near future.
And they moved up the date of conversion from contractor to full-time employee. I started with the company officially on Monday (Dec 21). It was a very nice birthday present. I must say that while 2009 got a little rough and gloomy there for a while, it appears to be ending rather nicely.
3 years agoDecember 23, 2009
My Life Here is Over
Life, they say, is full of change. And change, they say, is inevitable. Which would make life full of inevitable, I guess. So I guess it’s inevitable that I’m about to have a metric assload of change dropped on me in a very short span of my life.
The onslaught of change in my life started in late July. I’d been looking for a new opportunity for a little while and eventually accepted a full-time, permanent position with Sapient Corporation. They were one of the largest and oldest installs of our flagship product, and I’d been supporting their environment for over four years so the transition seemed like a smooth, almost natural thing. It was, however, a change in that I was moving from an application support role to a Linux Administrator role. Not a big deal, as I’ve been wanting to make this move for some time now. However, it is change #2 (change #1 being the change of employer).
Now, as some of you know, I’ve worked for one California-based company or another for the past six years and have been fortunate enough to work out of my home. And if you’ve clicked the link above, you’ll note that Sapient is based in Cambridge, MA. As you’re probably expecting, the era of working from my basement is over. That’s right, change #3 is that I’m expected to be drag my butt to an office and dwell in a cubicle for my weekly forty. In all honesty, this is also a bit of a welcome change. Contrary to popular belief, working from home full-time is not all champaigne and caviar.
But Doug, you’re saying, what office? Do they have one in Ohio? No, they don’t. I’m moving. That’s change #4, and its the first change that actually worries me a bit. And no, I’m not moving to Mass. I get to move to sunny Miami, FL. Yup. Me. Ohio born and bred, steak and potatoes eating, geeky white boy. Transplanted to Miami. Yes, exactly. On the plus side, I talked them into letting me stay here until Steph graduates in June. So I’ve still got plenty of time to get things in order, sell the house, find a place down there, etc.
So now you’re thinking ‘holy shit’, right? And probably following that up with ‘what does the family think of all this?’. Well, that’s where change #5 comes in. You see, Steph is going to be going off to college, so it doesn’t really affect her a whole lot. Emily, on the other hand, will have just wrapped up her freshmen year, so it would mean finishing high school elsewhere. And she’s made it quite clear that she’s not down with that (to be nice about it). So, in what can only be described as selflessness-to-the-point-of-stupidity, Tina and I have decided that I will move to FL and Tina will stay here, with Emily. I’ll wait while that sinks in.
You see, Tina doesn’t want to leave Emily behind (she’d go with her father) and Emily doesn’t want to move. So, Tina is staying here, and getting an apartment so that Emily can finish up school here and then when she graduates (2013), Tina will pack up and join me in Miami. And that, quite honestly, is not a change I’m particularly excited about. We’re going to be ‘together-but-apart’ for three years while Emily does the high school thing. We’re going to have to coordinate the holidays and spring breaks and all that shit among Steph’s college schedule and Emily’s high school schedule (to be expected) but also among who will be where. Do we all try to cram into Tina’s apartment in OH? Or into mine in Miami? Or somewhere else entirely (like maybe my parent’s or Tina’s)? Who knows. I guess we’ll work that one out when we get to it.
And then of course there’s the whole long-distance relationship thing. Which, quite frankly, I’m not even wanting to think about enough to write something up here. Ponder it yourself. I will say that I am NOT worried about this being the end of us. Tina and I have been together 11 years already. And that’s not without surviving some hairy shit here and there. But I still don’t really wanna think about it.
In any case, I’ve held off on saying anything about this to the general public (a few close friends know most of this) but things have been decided, people have been informed, and all that. So there it is. The end of my life here is officially marked on the calendar.
Should be an interesting span of months from now until June. *Sigh*
3 years agoAugust 23, 2009
Back on Oct 16, while in the office for PostgreSQL training, a couple of us went to Yoshi’s for dinner. While I’m not exactly a fan of sushi I did find a couple items to my liking. Nate and Ian ordered sushi and the like and shared between them while Brian and I ordered some chicken and pork and shared between us. It really was quite good and I wouldn’t mind hitting it again any time I’m in the bay Area. To further sweeten the deal both Adam and Jamie of MythBusters were about ten feet away having what appeared to be a ‘working dinner’.
4 years agoDecember 17, 2008
somebody loves me
When I returned from lunch I had a package from UPS. Inside was a hand-written note of thanks from one of our larger customers along with some swag and other little goodies. I’m just completely floored. I mean, I’ve always known this particular customer appreciates what we do for them, but having them take the time to write a note and to send goodies? I’m just at a loss. Totally made my month. I mean, it’s the nature of the beast in my line of work to hear nothing but the negativity. And it takes a certain kind of person to hear that all day long and not let it affect them. Yes, I know a lot of people will say that I clearly let it affect me. You’re wrong. I’m an opinionated, strong-willed ass all on my own. And yeah, we do get ‘thanks’ in a ticket or on a call from time to time, but it’s just always kinda been the ‘polite’ thing. Ya know. This gesture was so much more than that. I truly appreciate this person/customer. If you’re reading this, I wanna say:
5 years agoApril 22, 2008
one of those highs again
Dave has been on PTO all week since his wife just had their 2nd child (congrats) so I’ve been covering his tickets in the legacy ticketing system while Ian has been covering his tickets in the new system. Things have been fairly decent this week load-wise in spite of this. At least, they were until yesterday.
It seems that yesterday kicked off one of those ‘tidal wave’ periods. I’ve got more tickets than I can reasonably work in 8 hours and so does Ian. The rest of the Collab team appear to be barely treading water as well based on the level of tickets sitting in the queue.
On the plus side, no customers have blown up this week, and I just made Ian into the oncall fool. Here’s to walking away at 5pm today and not even remotely thinking about it for two whole days! :)
5 years agoApril 18, 2008
That about sums it up for the past 11 months. I’d post more, but it would just piss me off again, and I have a feeling it would get back to people and be used against me. Yes, this place has that kinda people. :(
5 years agoMarch 12, 2008
180 != 90 and 9 != 6
Took Tina’s car in for its 15k checkup/maintenance. Tina managed to snag an 8am appointment, and I recently received my
5 years agoNovember 6, 2007
It’s official. As of yesterday, Tina has taken a new position at the hospital. I haven’t been blogging about it, but over the past month or so, they’ve had 1 person quit, another leave the department, and yet another go out on leave. As you can imagine, things have been hectic in the department, and I’ve barely seen Tina since she’s working so much overtime.
Tina had fairly recently switched from her Registrar job to being in charge of the billing, reconcilliation, pre-registration, and some other duties (things taken from the Registrar and other positions that didn’t really belong with them) and was in the process of training to be a backup for another position in her group when that person announced she was going to another group. So, Tina has been doing her old job, her old-old job, and the new job. She went to her boss last week (week before?) and talked about everything she was doing and what she thought fit into which position. Her boss was impressed and agreed, so together they carved out a new position and swapped around who does what a bit.
Her boss took it to HR, they got the job written up, and as of yesterday, Tina had accepted their offer. Congrats Tina!
5 years agoOctober 18, 2007
I found out today that when our product (and all the accompanying resources and people) was purchased, it was with the intent to kill said product. Fortunately, there were enough people talking /and/ listening to have reversed that decision.
While I’m obviously glad at the outcome, I’m .. confused .. about how I feel about the whole thing. I’m pissed that the people who agreed to be acquired didn’t see it coming, and (apparently) didn’t put verbage into the deal to prevent the same (if only for a specified time period). I’m amazed that the people doing the buying felt this way on one hand. They’ve ‘re-invented’ their own product no less than 3 different times and ended up w/ the architecture that SFEE has. It seems fairly apparent that if you keep ending up w/ the same result after three completely different ‘do-overs’ that you would EMBRACE a product that already has that architecture, not kill it. On the other hand, we were seriously kicking their ass in the market, so I can see buying and killing.
The whole thing just really taints my impression of the company and my desire to stick around for the long haul. It also takes the edge off my desire to continue fighting them to make them see the value of SFEE. You see, the people who made the decision to kill SFEE made it pretty known internally that the decision had been made thusly. Then, when they reversed their decision, they did NOT communicate the same out to the same depth internally. Therefore, there are a non-trivial amount of players who got the first message, but not the second.
And my daily life is much harder because of it. Meh.
5 years agoOctober 1, 2007
OLF 2k7 was this past Sat and, as always, I attended. In fact, several of us attended. Dan flew in on Fri nite and crashed on my floor, Dave drove up Sat and then crashed on my floor w/ Dan that nite. Ian drove into town on Fri and stayed at the hotel all weekend. (Yeah, he’s anti-floor or something