My last post was all about summarizing smaller events. These two events deserve more than a bullet point, but maybe not necessarily their own post.
First off, I started a new job! I mentioned in my last post that Lisa had participated in a program with high school students, working on spatial literacy. One of the things that the kids did was to take a tour of a couple of companies in the area that utilize the technologies they were learning about. One of those companies was Bohannan Huston, Inc. She was looking at the careers portion of the website, to see what sorts of potential jobs there were for her, and happened to find something right up my alley. I just started my fifth week with the company, and I have to say that it’s absolutely wonderful. Not that I didn’t enjoy my last job, especially a couple of the people that I worked with, but this move really is a step in the right direction. I can honestly say that I could see myself turning this position into a long-lasting career, which is great.
I’m not sure what else to say about the new job. I’m doing a mix of desktop and web-based software development, working in a pure Microsoft environment. I love my Mac and F/OSS development, but hey, VB.NET and ASP.NET aren’t too bad, and since it’s a pure MS environment, things all work well together.
My 10-year high school reunion was held on Friday and Saturday. Friday night was at a bar, and Saturday afternoon was at a park. I had intended on attending on Saturday, but Lisa wasn’t feeling too well at the time of the event. She felt better that evening and we went to a dinner club thing we had on our plate, but we wound up missing the Saturday portion of the reunion. I was there for all of Friday night, though.
Back in late 2003, I wrote up a post entitled Juxtaposition. I wouldn’t be surprised if none of my current readers have ever read the post or even remember it; most people checking on this thing are friends I’ve made in more recent years. I link to this post as a bit of background. The five-cent summary is that two of my best friends from that period of life are no longer friends, and it was a rather painful falling out. Well, being as I went to high school with one of those friends, they were both in attendance. It was kind of awkward to run into them. We talked a little bit, and did some very basic catching up, but I really felt like she was asking very pointed questions, as though somehow seven years with Lisa isn’t enough to truly prove any sort of love between us or anything.
That being said, the night was still wonderful. It was great to reconnect with so many people, and even if these connections are as fleeting as the night was, it was still a great experience and I’m very glad to have been there. I’d imagine I’ll have pictures online at some point. I do hope that I manage to stay in better communication with a couple of the people there.
I’d helped (in part) with setting things up for the reunion, and we’d picked out the bar without seeing what it’d be like at night. The facilities were really nice, but they had the music absolutely blasting, and didn’t give us proper information to have pictures on-hand in the right format to use their projector, so while some of the events surrounding things weren’t ideal, it still turned out really well on the whole.
I still need to write up something about something that happened back near the beginning of the year, and now that I have a proper scanner, I may have some accompanying pictures for it. Once I have that out, and manage to get the rest of my posts from Europe online, I’ll feel good about things.