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New I'm still alive
I've gotten a couple of emails lately asking about my whereabouts. Mostly out in the big blue room. (Do the kids still say that?)

I've been saying for a couple of years I want to get out of the soul sucking dead-end that is corporate IT. I got an incentive. Nothing dramatic from outside appearances, but the proverbial $camel->back($straw++).

I decided to unplug from most everything that doesn't contribute to real life, or a new career. Limiting myself to my lunch half-hour at work to do escape strategy research, and a half-hour at home to check email and whatever else I can fit in to the time that's left.

When you see me posting during "normal work hours", you'll know I've found my muse. 'Til then ...

Kip Hawley is still an idiot.


Purveyor of Doc Hope's [link|http://DocHope.com|fresh-baked dog biscuits and pet treats].
New Woot! Luck!
New Good luck with that
Soul-sucking bad, muse good.

-scott anderson

"Welcome to Rivendell, Mr. Anderson..."
New That's good to know. Keep it up, g'luck, 'n'all that.
New Consciousness Award with belladonna cluster
hereby tendered.

Tis said in the Upanishads that, ~~ distancing oneself from the influences of [ancient symbol for The Corporation] produces boons which flow as the cube of the distance in cubits from Ground Cipher.

Hang in there. Endorphin-field candle lighted.


(kitty Sierra observes, "well, he's into dog treats; you know my feelings about that $#!$! Dobermann - but at least that's in the right direction: beats People Treats." fwiw)

New We're rooting for you
but you already knew that :-)
New Thought you might have gone swimming in the river
and come out as Toxic Avenger or something :-)

You are wise, Drew-san....go and find your balance.
Too much of today's music is fashionable crap dressed as artistry.Adrian Belew
New do what works, be kewl
Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?
Any opinions expressed by me are mine alone, posted from my home computer, on my own time as a free american and do not reflect the opinions of any person or company that I have had professional relations with in the past 51 years. meep

reach me at [link|mailto:bill.oxley@cox.net|mailto:bill.oxley@cox.net]
New We're with you all the way...
Just as long as you don't go Unibomber on us ;)

Stapp's Ironical Paradox:
"The universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle."

Col. John P. Stapp - Decelerator 'Test Pilot'
New Good luck D
"Pictures are better then words because some words are big and hard to understand"
Peter Griffin (Family Guy)
New IT Stopped Being Fun about 1999 for me.
I don't know why. Maybe that's when I finally started "needing the money". It's also when my salary jumped up really high.

Maybe it was the absurd Internet age, but I've been through about 8 years where "it wasn't fun". It was about deadlines and deliverables and what we could deliver and "good enough". It wasn't about being my very best. It wasn't about doing anything well.

I just took a job as a manager about 4 months ago and I'm sort of hoping this is my path out of the codeworks. I still have the deadlines, but I'm also being trusted to "handle things". I love my team, they're great.

Sometime around 1997-1999, the slack came out of the industry. The creativity and energy died (at least for me) and it just became a business. Maybe I grew up, maybe the industry did, but it went from being a career to being a job.

Like Drew, I've thought about how to get out, but really, there aren't a lot of good options because we don't have a lot of savings. Probably the best bet would be some kind of sales or insurance, but you need time to build up the money. Then you're under another "deadline" of sorts, quotas, making the numbers.

I'm only 43 and I'm ready to retire. At this point, I'll try the management and see how that goes.

New Good to hear. The absence had been noted.

Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. -- Sophocles (496? - 406 BCE)
     I'm still alive - (drewk) - (11)
         Woot! Luck! -NT - (Another Scott)
         Good luck with that - (admin)
         That's good to know. Keep it up, g'luck, 'n'all that. -NT - (CRConrad)
         Consciousness Award with belladonna cluster - (Ashton)
         We're rooting for you - (imqwerky)
         Thought you might have gone swimming in the river - (bepatient)
         do what works, be kewl -NT - (boxley)
         We're with you all the way... - (Steven A S)
         Good luck D -NT - (Bman)
         IT Stopped Being Fun about 1999 for me. - (gdaustin)
         Good to hear. The absence had been noted. -NT - (a6l6e6x)

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