Yes dear friends. Friday is here finally. Its binge beer night and pizza night and wishes and wonder and curiosity and drunkeness by 1am Saturday morning. Its thankfulness to my employer for giving me the opportunity to deliver on this job. Compared to my previous job; its rather significant. Working with international teams on a diverse and complex project with many intersecting points beats the hell out of booking travel for some dudes that are all grown up and should be doing all that themselves.
I cannot help on a Friday compare what I have now compared to then. Now though I have a Friday with a walk at home ahead of me. Its warm here today so I’m waiting and blogging and wondering and feeling good about work. I put in good days this week and solved a major problem that allowed the project to go forward. I’m appreciated by my team and perhaps even IBM.
But… September will be here before I even know it. It always happens that way. Will I stay or go? I don’t know for sure which way it will be. I would prefer to stay and work on more projects for the current place. I enjoy the environment and the people. No one asks me whether a switch was plugged in or not or if the PDU should go on the top or bottom. No one asks whether such and such hotel is better than the other one or change my flights.
Since its Friday, a few other retrospectives or thoughts.
My wonderful daughter force graduates from High School in a week now. She will move on in life now and be done with the 12 years of mandated schooling. Her goal is a job or two. There is no real need to rush off to college and just get that much more frustrated. I took time off and joined the military and it felt like I got grounded after that and could go to school. I think its important for her to find herself and not be manipulated by some well meaning but ignorant people who think they know, by the advantage of age, what is better for another. They don’t. No one ever knows what is best for another. Hell, they they don’t even know what’s best for themselves most of the time. If they did, they would not do the stupid things they do.
Another thing. My small little startup which I felt at one time had some urgency and passion has dwindled down to almost nothing. I will never invite more founders to participate. I am “foundered out”. The person I thought would be entrepreneurial and forward looking with great contacts with area technology companies ended up really not doing much of anything. Now I have the LLC and EIN and I’ve basically stopped.
Well, such are all the things which either occupy thoughts or not this weekend. I’ll drink some beer and remember to not ask for or give advice. I’ve realized that people that ask for advice have already decided what to do and they are just waiting to see what the HELL you will say. I think that’s one of those unwritten laws out there.
It is a weekend though so I’m willing to let things go. In fact, I will go pretty soon and hit the roads for 2 hours somewhere walking. Not sure where yet. My feet will find the way.