I’m going to try to explain my decision and the pitfalls of the IT industry without sounding like a jilted ex-lover, but I must admit, IT used to be one of the loves of my life. I spent 17 years working as a software engineer, starting at the age of 19 as a college dropout for a global telecommunications carrier. I made a lot of money – not as much as a Wall Street banker, but well above the average income in the area I live in. But it wasn’t without its stresses and absurdities, so let’s dive right in. Continue reading “Why I Left IT”
Growing up, I was a latch-key kid. My parents worked. So most days, I hopped on my bike and rode to my grandmother’s house. I would usually find her baking sweets – apple pies, persimmon pudding, cakes, and her world famous cheese rings (much like a cheese straw, but in a circular shape – hince “rings”). To say I consumed an ungodly amount of sugar in that home is a gross understatement. It’s a wonder I didn’t develop diabetes at eight. I used to sit in the kitchen with her as she baked. I used to watch both the joy and work she put into everything she made. She would bake a pie for the entire world if she knew it would bring world peace. As her latest creations cooled, sometimes I joined her in the den to watch one or more soap operas. Sometimes she would pull out something interesting for me. An old book, old photos, home movies, but her stories of her life, from growing up to working in Belk’s for 20+ years is what I enjoyed most. As I got older, I stopped visiting as much. Continue reading “Memories of My Grandmother”
Someone asked me what my favorite software development tools were. So here they are in no particular order. Most often, I’m running all of them at the same time. Continue reading “My Dev Tools”
Lately, I’ve had a lot of different phone and in-person interviews. One question that always comes up – and that I hesitate to answer – is which PHP development frameworks I have experience with. After 17 years of developing in PHP, the truth is – I don’t have any experience with any of them.
It’s been a while since I last posted and I must say that things are getting better. Here’s a quick rundown:
- I started taking a new medicine called Rexulti that has been helping immensely with my depression and mood regulation! It’s a miracle! I feel like a 20 year old again! (Except with much, much less energy…)
- I quit my contract job as a prescription drug delivery driver. It lasted three weeks. The reason was simple – I wasn’t being paid enough. I was barely covering my mileage expenses.
- Two other contract jobs came through – finally! One is zero travel and the other requires a minimal amount of travel locally. This is good because the financial pressure is finally off me. I can afford to buy toilet paper again! (No literally. Paper towels work in a pinch, but clog up the toilet.)
- I have my freedom back! I can work when I want, where I want, how I want, dressed how I want (including naked! Just kidding, I’m only down with nakedness in the bed during certain activities. Yeah, I’m weird.)
Dare I say that I’m feeling happy again! 🙂 I’m gonna enjoy it for a while before I start looking for a girlfriend again.
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