It was a good run.
I’m tired, beat, burnt out, etc. I had to try and I even liked it. Job was cool, boss was cool, team was cool…the surroundings weren’t happening.
I was never one for keeping old adages; especially "Leave with grace and bridges in place". DOH! I still have a boatload of testing, and I fear it just won’t get done by the time I need to leave. I start my new gig in a couple of weeks and we ship June 30. There is so much to do home side that I’m afraid that something must give…I’ve made up my mind: I will make it on time when the boat leaves for my next journey; bridge be damned.
TechEd US would have been nice, but I will make up for it in TechEd SEA. And Representing a company that looks forward to me going. I am very excited to contribute to a new-yet familiar team, in a new-yet familiar place, doing something new-yet familiar stuff.
All signs point to this being a very good move. Lower cost of living, boost in pay, reasonable housing costs, NICE WEATHER, happy people around me…yeah, I’m excited. Downside is, it seems I am leaving death and destruction behind. Not a good thing, but I can’t help the course of the things that happened. I did not initiate them–I’m just going with the flow.
So, I look forward to not having to watch what I say on my public blog any more. I look forward to not having it snow in April (almost May). I look forward to more than 10 sunny days a year. I look forward to not having to travel 30 minutes just to go somewhere to eat or to the theatre.
On the other hand, I will miss the cultural diversity. I will miss Microsoft. I will miss the deer that come into my back yard. And there are people that I will miss a lot. I must call them out:
CSmith — You were right. You were always right. There is nothing to say but…you were right all along.
LKwon — Give me the addresses of your relatives in Korea. I’ll tell them you sent me. HA! We’ll be in touch always.
DMendoza — Melange in Yakima was awesome! I thought it you’d move to Seattle but…not this time.
BBaer — I bow. But your Redskins still suck.
SKelley — I’m selling that pic of you on Ebay.
MWatson — You’re tougher than I, boss.
TSnyder — Chess via email…it’ll work.
Las Maris (Apud, Martinez, Luisa) — son las mas bellas alli. De verdad! Fue un placer.
BMS — YOU. As Dorothy said to the Scarecrow–"I think I will miss you most of all". I shed a tear thinking about your housecall and what I learned. My son loved Cannon and learned a lot from him. You and your family MUST come and visit. MUST.
so now, my Messenger will read: T minus…..the number of days ’til HOT SUMMER NIGHTS!