Today is my last day here at HomeNet.
It’s strange, surreal, and unbelievable; but it’s necessary. I don’t know what’s next for me, but I know that it’s time for next to happen. I did many good things here, some even worthy of note, and I think I had a good run — but everything must someday end, and the next page must be turned. This chapter ends — but a new chapter begins, and though much of the wild cast who enthralled in the last will be gone in the next, I still hope my next will be as amazing and crazy and wonderful as this chapter before.
So to all of you, to all my friends and colleagues, to those whose stories continue here, I offer one last aspiration, one last wish, one last hope: We each get only one chance to tell our story — a few short years in this world, and then our story is done, to make room for the stories that must come next. So whatever it may entail, whatever future you may follow, whatever goals you may pursue, make your story amazing — because the great stories are the only ones worth telling.
With love and respect,
Principal Software Engineer
Thick accent. “Hello, my name is Ree-chard Lee and I am calling from Department of Computer Support.”
Me: “Er, I didn’t really hear that, who are you again?”
“I’m sorry. My name is Ree-chard Lee, and I am calling from Department of Computer Support about your computer. Are you seeing white dialog box on your computer?”
Me: “Er, for the record, you do know you just called a computer scientist with thirty years’ experience, right?”
I probably should’ve kept him on the phone longer just to waste his time, but dang, it’s been a long day, and I’m too tired even for that kind of fun.
But maybe if he calls back…
I quit my job today.
Well, to be specific, I gave three-week notice, but by the end of this month, I’ll be a free agent — which is to say: Unemployed.
The time was right for moving on. I don’t have anything next planned yet — there’s no job waiting in the wings, no next gig, no next source of income — and that fact leaves me a little nervous. But I have some savings, and it was still time to leave. You can, at least, reasonably hope to see a few long-overdue blog postings appear here.
For those still at HomeNet, I wish you all the best, and I’ll miss you. There is a new place out there somewhere that needs me, and after a little break, I’ll go find it. I have some savings, and I desperately need to not be involved in anything for a while — good, bad, or otherwise.
What happens next? I don’t know. I guess we’ll all find out together.