There’s still a lot to catch up on, but this was worth a quick post of its own. I called my manager at the contract gig yesterday, and went in today for a little bit, not to do anything particularly productive, but to show my face, meet with manager, get caught up on some of the things that have happened in the last couple months while I was out, etc.
I’ll start here with yet another expression of gratitude for the good folks at this place. They could’ve easily used the force majeure clause in my contract to cancel it, but that was the furthest from their mind. They want me to get better, and come back and do things for them as I’m able. This makes me happy to do so. You don’t often see that kind of, well, for lack of a better word, loyalty to a contractor who’d only been there a short time before stuff hit the fan.
Lots of folks commenting on the weight loss – though I’m only about 30ish pounds down from when they last saw me, and they didn’t ever see me at Peak Crider Mass. Quite a few surprised I still have my hair (me: “Well, so far…”). Many saying I had good color, whatever that means. Everyone was just glad to see me. I can’t begin to tell you what kind of boost that was – in my short time on the job before the medical issues, I apparently made a good impression.
Most everyone asked how I was doing, and I could honestly answer that while I’ve still got a long slog ahead of me, I’m better. I really am better.
Josh, who I sort of talked the manager into bringing on as an extra experienced hand, has been a total rock star in my absence. I’m not surprised by this – Josh is one of those engineers who you just sort of throw a challenge in front of like Steve Irwin throwing a chicken in front of Aggro the salt-water crocodile, and then just stand back while he goes at it full speed. Basically, doing things the old DTS way. And with the place a bit short-handed on engineers, that’s a Good Thing. Still, makes me happy that someone I recommended has fit into the gig even better than I knew he could do.
And the manager, after catching me up, showed me something he’s been thinking about, and I figured out what he was looking to do before he could really start describing it. Which made us both happy. Plus he’s got a first project for me to get into a bit, and I’ve already got some ideas for making it work in a somewhat alarmingly simple way.
I pushed myself a bit in terms of stamina to do this. But I needed it. I need to get back in the saddle professionally for a variety of reasons. Sure, getting some money coming in will be a huge help, but getting my brain back engaged with productive tasks is a big chunk of reclaiming another part of my life I had to put on hold for a couple months.
I’ll be doing a lot of this from home once I get going, for a variety of reasons including that the stamina expense involved in driving to the office could be better spent doing something productive, and also minimizing the impact to my immune system. But I’ll still go in every so often, to discuss things face-to-face and just be part of the team again. And my stamina will improve.
I needed this today.
And it made Dad happy for his 77th birthday today that I got back on the horse. Plus he had control of the TV remote while I was gone, which is a huge plus for him. I came home to find him watching a Steven Segal movie. At least it was one of the earlier ones (“Hard to Kill”, I believe), and not the later direct-to-video stuff starring a somewhat more bloated Steven Segal.
Dad’s been great, though he did get to generate a new Thanksgiving tale of woe about cooking his own birthday dinner (because he started on it before I could tell him we wanted to take him out for dinner). Whether this replaces or supplements the Thanksgiving Big Mac while in Brazil is yet unknown.
I’ll try to get a proper catch-up post written in the next day or two. About out of wetware computrons for today.