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Archive for December, 2008

Will American Autos Go Quietly Into The Night?

Posted by IT Pilgrim on December 12, 2008

Will American Autos Go Quietly Into The Night?

Somehow I doubt it. Does the Union really not see that they may have killed their own meal ticket? I am not sure its a bad thing, since now they will HAVE to restructure themselves. Painful, but most of life is.

They may go out into the night, but quietly, I doubt it.

carbws

Photo by baldheretic via Flickr Creative Commons

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Should I Stay or Should I Go

Posted by IT Pilgrim on December 10, 2008

Decisions … decisions ….When is it all too much? When does sticking it out become nothing more than wasting your life away?

As a serial job hopper, I generally go somewhere, work my hardest until I get bored an leave. Before I leave, I generally manage to shake things up, make a sizable dent in workloads and force the other workers to match my own crazy techno music pace, or die trying. There have been casualties along the way I am sad to say, but I am amused to say that a lot of places are required to use two or sometimes three people fill my shoes. I know how big my shoes can be to fill (and maybe my hat as well) but I always have left my mark.

Well, not here. When I got re-assigned away from Big Black Box Computer Company, well, it all went downhill in a massive mudslide.

So when is it all too much. This year I went from the 25% travel I signed up for, to 100% travel in one fell swoop. So my thought is, when is “sticking it out” actually worthwhile. I know the standard reasons, to establish stability, to make significant contributions, to work your way up the food chain. I don’t see that as a possibility here, though I have to concede that I may just be tired and feeling whiny.  At this point, I don’t even meet my own criteria for staying, as follows:

Am I happy?

Do I feel challenged?

Am I at least friendly with my co-workers?

Do I have a good boss who will help me grow?

Do I have room to grow within my role and the company?

Do I have interesting and creative work?

How easy/hard is it to get up to go to work versus to get up to go to the gym or anyplace else?

Am I living each day in a worthwhile pursuit?

Can I see the results of my work?

Am I making enough money to pay for necessities?

So, you take this list, and weigh they number of questions you answered yes to and the number of questions you answered no to. Add those up. That is the most logical way I know. However, that being said, I also know that I am not really a logical person, and those who say it is just that I am a woman, can stow it. You have to understand who you are, so if logic is enough for you, great, if not, you then have to weigh out how important each one is to you. I usually give them a percentage and add them all up on an excel spreadsheet.  I may not be logic driven, but i’m still a nerd at heart.

If you get some extra time, try it out. Does your current job measure up?

Photos by billaday and  by wsdot via Flickr Creative Commons.  

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Count Me in on The Liberta Financial Freedom Challenge

Posted by IT Pilgrim on December 8, 2008

Francois, over at Liberta has thrown down the gauntlet, issuing his financial freedom challange.  Well, my friend, I heaby pick up your gauntlet, I accept.

Financial freedom is something we all like to think we are working towards, but are we really? I personally like to think that its about the journey, not the destination, and it has always been a stepping stone in the IT Pilgrimage. You have to be financially free in order to do what ever you want to do. I am tired of belonging to big corporations, tired of them owning me.

I personally am about 70% of the way there. Still have two mortgages (separate pieces of real estate), still have a little credit card debt, and still have car loans. I started the journey something like a year and a half ago and went from close to 15k in CC debt to now only $1500. Step two: dump the mortgages.

Hope eveyone else jumps on. If you can’t enjoy the ride, try to jump off for a brief party every now and then. It cuts down on the motion sickness 😉

Thanks Francois!

Photo by unforth via Flickr

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Scenes From the Road: Ocean City

Posted by IT Pilgrim on December 7, 2008

Beautiful Ocean City. It was a weird side-trip. The entire town was a deserted ghost town, and it was a challange to find anything open. The upside, cheap hotel rooms and the hotels were so desperate they were willing to bargain. Good times.

Views from the balcony.

Ocean City

Ocean City 2

and from the beach

sandpiper

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Please Help Me Beat Sleapiness

Posted by IT Pilgrim on December 5, 2008

For years I have been battling my weight. I am convinced that the reason i struggle so much is that I drink too many sodas. I have tried to give them up, but under the pressure of constant jet lag, little sleep, and boring work, I just get too sleepy. I am hoping that someone out there has a million dollar idea they would be willing to part with. Please, anyone got this one figured out?

Here’s a typical view of my desk, anytime day or night.

mydesk

PS. I HATE coffee. I hate even the smell so much that I will leave the room if someone else has an uncovered cup.

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