September 7, 2014
Three years ago, something horrible happened. Nobody died, but the loss of a limb was a distinct possibility. And just when that was finally settling down after a year and a half... something ELSE happened that threw my life into chaos for another 18 months. When asked to describe this period, I just say, "Consecutive family emergencies."
My laptop was living on the kitchen counter because that's where I spent most of my time. My desk had been moved upstairs and taken over by other stuff. I hadn't typed a line of code in who knows how long.
That all changed a month ago when I heard about a job opening that was just PERFECT for me. Or it would have been, if I hadn't been completely disconnected for the last few years.
And so begins the process of clawing my way back up the ever increasing stack of Stuff I'm Supposed To Know About.
Just a few days into it, I can already tell that it won't be the same.
When I originally got involved (immersed! consumed!) at The Apache Software Foundation, I was living in the city, in a small house with a minuscule yard. Anything I wanted was minutes away by car, or better, could be summoned to appear at the door by delivery van. My horse was at a boarding barn, so I didn't have to worry about taking care of him. Food came from restaurants or the grocery store.
Now I live on 20 acres in a bigger house with an enormous yard and my own personal forest. The horse is in my back yard and has to be fed multiple times a day. A significant portion of my food comes from my own yard -- not only fruits and vegetables, but chicken and rabbit.
All this means that there are fewer hours in the day to devote to typing things to make the programs go. :)