The voting on my last post was a bit sparse, but the one vote I did get was to not delete this blog. Alrighty then. (Thanks, Celes).
This post runs the risk of being one of those sad, depressed entries I so despise. I'm in my second week in Minnesota, and I'm starting to wonder if this is all worth it. It's true that earlier tonight I attended my first XNA user's group meeting ever (KC doesn't have one that I'm aware of), and sat next to one of the most well known people in the history of software development. In fact, I was supposed to talk to him afterwards, but I bolted because I didn't want to miss the nightly phone call I have with my kids. I haven't seen them in nearly two weeks.
In short, this place is starting to wear on me.
I've never been a consultant before. It seemed like a brilliant idea at the time, but the lifestyle seems a bit lonely. Especially when you come home to an empty apartment. You get switched around to different projects alot. So far I've been on two different projects in my two weeks there. Tomorrow I go to interview for my third. This is the part of consulting I didn't expect. You have to actually go interview for each gig. It's like constantly applying for a job. And if you don't get it, you're not making your employers any money. When you become overhead, you run the risk of unemployment. E.g. you had probably better get that gig.
I find interviewing depressing. It's probably why I stayed at my last job for two years, and the one before that for five. I made lots of friends at both places, and I miss all of them. Most of all I miss my family, especially my kids, and yes, my wife too. I'm feeling a little bit socially deprived.
I had cable and Internet hooked up two days ago. So far only Internet works. That wouldn't be such a big deal if I could figure out how to stream Dr. Who. I need my Doctor Who. BSG is on hiatus, and one can only watch The Matrix so many times. Wow, yet again Neo is the "One". Shocker. I can watch streaming news, but my laptop is pathetically old, and the video is choppy and difficult to watch. Forget about full screen viewing. It just ain't happening.
I do have my XBox. That helps, but I've only got so many games, and they get old too. I left my violin in Kansas City, because I thought I'd be traveling right off the bat.
Add to all this the stress of realizing that I probably can't sell my house, and I'll have to give up on this whole endeavor and move back to KC, and I'm feeling just a little down at the moment.
A thought occurred to me the other day. Some of you may remember SaveToby.com. I don't know who did this, but he was a freaking genius. Basically he put up a web site where he threatened to kill a cute bunny unless people sent him money. He made a killing. Finally some company came in and bought him out to put a stop to it. Who knows if he really would have killed the bunny. It doesn't matter. He made the money.
I need money.
I can make websites.
When you put those two facts together, it's almost like there's some kind of idea just out of reach that might save me from my impending financial ruin.
Anyway, I wanted my legions of loyal fans to know that I hadn't forgotten about them, and I'll continue to blog here in the near future. Expect some boring technical content as I try to establish myself as an expert in compooters along with the self aggrandizing political and general rants you've come to know and love me for. Tootles.