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September
15
2009
8:32 am
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Don’t you just LOVE it when there’s a blogger you read (or watch) and they blog for a while and then they just disappear for a few weeks?  Sure, they’re on twitter, and they utter now and again (despite Utterli having tremendous telephone interface issues), and they pop up their head every once in a while to do a blog upgrade or two (if you haven’t heard yet, all you WordPress users should make sure you upgrade).

Sarcasm aside, don’t also just LOVE IT when a talented and giving blogger is cool and all, but still ends up not delivering on promises he made?  (you and YOU and you know what I’m talking about.  Especially YOU).

I promise I haven’t forgotten.  These promises range from a blog setup, a song, a guest post, a painting, a astrology reading… the list goes on and on.  In fact, I just added one about not forgetting.  Seems I hand out promises faster than Congress can create bills to hand out cash.

(speaking of which – have you signed the petition /poll urging Congress to pass a bill stating that Members of Congress and their families must be forced to enroll themselves into whatever health plan they pass for us citizens?  Go do that.)

In the meantime, I gave to Chili’s Create-a-Pepper fight cancer blitz.  I even wrote some code (which in retrospect is slightly wrong; I didn’t have my favorite code editor to help me.)

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While my procrastinating behavior is no excuse, I will say that a few things going on have taken center stage.  One is a new job.

Yup.  After almost NINE (9) years at the same company through mergers, acquisitions, growth and hard work, I’m leaving my awesome job as IT Director of a large national ISP.  It was a tough decision, because, well… I wasn’t looking for a new job.  I like it quite a bit here.  The company I’m at is great, the work is fun, the future is bright and gosh darn it, they even provide shades.  And 35 cent sodas in the vending machine.

But when The Force calls you to action, it’s not like you can just walk away and say no.

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I’m not even sure how much I can talk about the new job, so hang out a bit and I’ll probably explain more soon.  I know I can say for sure that it’s a geek’s dream come true.  At least, it’s THIS geek’s dream come true.  I start this coming Monday.

CRAP. I START MONDAY!  GAH!

Remember all those excuses I was saying I had?  One of them is the fact that I’ve been at my current job for almost 9 years and I’m leaving this Friday!  THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO.  Pretty much everything in IT that’s here, I either built, made, bought, set up, coded, installed, customized, supported, cussed at, tweaked, broke, fixed, loved, threw out, kicked, compiled, uninstalled, mentored, laughed with, documented, reviewed, spilled Pepsi on, plugged in, turned off, racked, stacked, touched and/or hugged.  We’re talking hundreds and hundres of servers, networks, firewalls, phone systems, call centers, blackberries, workstations and software packages.  At one time we were 86 people and now we’re almost 500.  There’s a lot of tribal knowledge to transfer with just a three week notice.

On one hand, I’ll be breathing a sigh of relief as I drop the burden of all the little issues off my back by leaving. On the other hand, I’ll be learning a whole NEW set of little issues to welcome onto my back.

So that’s what’s new with me.  What’s new with you?

(note: the above question is NOT just a question-tactic to get comments.  If I were inclined to incite people to comment, I’d ask your opinion about health care.)

And lo, the people did comment thus:

23 Comments

  1. Nobody™ says:

    What’s new with me? Come on, you know the answer to that: NOTHING. Same crap, different day.

    Good luck with the job change, it sounds exciting. Once upon a time I desperately wanted to get into the IT field, but technology quickly passed me by while I was slaving away at the crappy little job I already had.
    .-= Nobody™´s last blog ..Atheism =-.

  2. So you don’t want to know my opinion on health care? Alright fine then! ::stomps foot::

    I guess I’ll just have to steal my answer from Nobody – which makes me totally original and legit since he is, after all, nobody. Anyway, same crap, different day.

    But YAY and CONGRATS again on the new job!
    .-= Sheila (Charm School Reject)´s last blog ..This Post Is Not for the Faint of Heart. Just So You Know. =-.

  3. Finn says:

    Um… I submitted a short story to a contest ($3000 prize!), had a consult with a cosmetic dermatologist, bought my tickets for Avitaween, wrote the first 1/3 of a new short story and made plans to possibly start an online magazine.
    .-= Finn´s last blog ..That Day =-.

  4. Sarah says:

    Wait…something is going on with health care?
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Things I love: 5 =-.

    • whall says:

      Sarah – no, why do you ask? About the best thing I’ve heard so far is that, if you don’t buy health care insurance, you get fined and jailed. Which is cool, because you get free health care in jail.

  5. Sarah says:

    Also, major congrats on the job change!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Things I love: 5 =-.

  6. Tug says:

    Much luck on the new job – how exciting!! Like I said, no biggie on the late unless it means I’ll be dead tomorrow. I’d rather that be someone else, thankssomuch. 😉 Yeah, pretty much same stuff here…you hiring? lol Ooh ooh ooh…question for you. I’m basic free WordPress – I should update? Does it tell me to? I’m new at the wordpress thing.
    .-= Tug´s last blog ..Coors Field =-.

  7. Raganator says:

    LOLCats.. I wants em, I needz em!

  8. Avitable says:

    I support that petition, as well. Congress should always be willing to do anything that they foist on the American people.

    So, I think you should hide in Ren’s luggage and come to the party next month. Think you can swing that?
    .-= Avitable´s last blog ..My Interview with Henry Gibson =-.

  9. “You” totally = me, lol. Don’t even sweat it. I’ve certainly not been the best blogging friend lately anyway. I know how it goes.

    But your new job….OMGosh!!! Looks VERY exciting!!! Guess I can’t disappear for weeks at a time now or I won’t be able to hear all the juicy details. 🙂

  10. Faiqa says:

    What’s new with me is that I was completely devastated to learn that you aren’t coming to Adam’s party. I don’t know how I’m going to get over this…
    .-= Faiqa´s last blog ..Upsy Daisy in the Bed of Roses =-.

  11. martymankins says:

    So this new job you have… sound like something you are enjoying.

    Having left a job before after being at one for more than 5 years, I can understand how hard it is to leave.

    Good luck to you on your new venture.
    .-= martymankins´s last blog ..Scooter Sunday – Season 2 Ep. 12 =-.

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