The blog is a decidedly personal affair and has been for about 10 years now. I’ve marveled a few times how I managed to keep the vast majority of posts even though missing a month in 2009 when I lived in Chennai India. I lived there for almost 7 months then if you refer back to the chronology of this thing. They were good and particularly enlightening times for me that I would never replace with anything else. I managed a lot of travel then and went to Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and India. The blog kept my record of a lot of those travels. One can find my musings landing in Japan in 2010 and visiting Kyoto in 2011 after my friend Rajesh’s wedding in Chennai. I also spent about a week give or take in Singapore then. Its been 4 years since I have traveled like that and I miss it. I also went to Sydney in 2011 and I liked going there. The company association then was stupid and I regret showing up and accepting that work. In retrospect, I did what I had to do to get by and live in a house that was disintegrating.
Now I live in the house of Al and its better. I can blog as I wish. Spend money on vacations and only hear my ex-wife still bitch and complain about the 50% she got. Its amazing to me when I compare our 50%’s and look to see who got the most value. Its obvious to me that I did not but yet my 50% is better. I lost the house, got the older car, basically lost the kids except for a visit or two a week. Yet my musings tell me this is better.
Now its also football season and that means American football not other football or soccer or whatever. I don’t understand that other football and don’t watch it. I do watch all sorts of American football and enjoy the spectacle of the whole thing. I used to go to games and we did the tailgating thing, the beer thing, the winning and losing gracefully thing. Raiders fans have learned to lose gracefully I think but also winning is a prized ending. Winning is somewhat unusual so when it happens, the screams of “R A I D E R S” bounce through the BART station, the walkover, and perhaps even the cops refrain it when taking people off to jail that like to fight at the games.
So now the job has ended and I hunt around each day for things to do. Tomorrow I will do a pancake and sausage breakfast at McDonald’s for some reason. I’l read the news on my Nexus 6 phone and try to get punched up for job searching but the spirit is not there yet. I still hope that IBM takes me back. I miss it still incredibly.
The blog lives on and will go on to its 11th year. I’ll remember and perhaps write posts about the interactions of what I do and did. Archeology still vibrates in my soul and I armchair myself to reading new discoveries. Project management does not do that. Its too hard of a job. I worked with an architect and SME and admin and other team that I think appreciated what I brought to the job there at IBM. I enjoyed them immensely. Architects are the heavy lifters at IBM. They can do it all and I’ve worked with some that are truly inspiring.
Now on to the dinner for the night. Hot and Spicy noodles at home! Then perhaps a few beers and the old Lost in Space on Hulu. Its all good!