October 29th, 2003

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It's been a long and interesting road.

In late January of 1997, I gave my notice at a company by the name of GST Internet, and moved cross-country to start a new life, with a new job at a regional ISP by the name of Erol's Internet. I was supposed to start on February 17th, but circumstances (we'd been hacked) required that I start a few days early, so my first day on the job was Friday, February 14th.

In the last six and a half years, I've worn a number of hats here. First, I was in the networking group, where I patently didn't belong, learning the routing ropes as I went. I spent a year there, doing odds and ends, responsible for customer turnups and site turnups. And coming up with such wacky things as the systems status page, and not letting staff people yell at customers in the internal newsgroups. Then, I moved into the mail department, where - again - I patently didn't belong, as half of the all-female mail team. That was an interesting year and a half, migrating from our cobbled-together sendmail/qpopper system to InterMail. (Note: Here's a hint. Do not try to quit smoking while doing a mail migration.) I quickly - very quickly - burned out on the whole mail thing (at one point, my boss forced me to take a week off because I'd been working something like 72 days straight), and fell into where I really belonged, doing technical project management and documentation.

I did that job for four years (it's still part of my job), and I did a damned good job of it. My projects included things like Y2K certifying everything in internet systems and migrating all 7 RCN ISPs into a single system. I excelled at this, but sadly, there are only so many projects to be done. In January of this year, our lead mail admin had to leave the country, and I got shunted back into mail, where I quickly became miserable, again. I admit that I wasn't the greatest choice for the job, but I did do what I could.

And now, six and a half years after starting this job, it's time for me to go. I was informed at noon that I am being laid off on Friday. I don't know where I'm going from here, but in many ways, it's a relief to be out from under the uncertainty umbrella. Ok, so maybe I'm trading it in for another umbrella, but it's a whole new kind of uncertainty, and there's a lot to be said for leaving this environment, which hasn't been healthy for me in quite some time.

So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed, and if anyone has any job leads to throw my way, I certainly wouldn't mind. :) (I'll be posting a link to the updated version of my resume shortly.)

Thanks to everyone who's put up with me going through the stress of all of this. And hey, lyadann, maybe this means I can drive down and visit you when you're in this state next week!

In the meantime, anyone want to come help me pack up my office? Dear lord.

(And for those of you who know me well, and are marveling at my calm demeanor... Don't worry. I'm sure I'll completely fall apart shortly.)
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