It seems like just a few months ago - my last block at Cornell College - when I'd drive out of town via 8th Avenue and park in a cornfield entrance at the top of the hill. This is where I always went to get away from the loud dorm I lived in to make important phone calls.
This time I was making my call to Marv Hardisty - checking on the job I interviewed for a few weeks prior. It was an interesting call - first he asked me about brooksfsw.com, one of my huge Soap Shoe web sites that I let get away. He asked me if I ran it and if I was aware that it was now a pornography site. I quickly explained what happened and that it was not my porn site. My stomach dropped and I was convinced that I wouldn't get the job - all because I let a domain expire and still had it in my portfolio.
As the conversation continued, he told me that I didn't get the job (damn you, Chad Kraus), but he created a new position just for me. I was stoked and I accepted.
I apparently won some people over in that interview a few weeks prior, when I met with Jim Hooper, Blair Hoegh, Ron Peterson, Nancy Acosta, and Doug Moore. They (the interviews) seemed easy. Everything flowed well, everyone was easy to talk to, and I had skills... it was a good day - a day that I didn't wear my earrings... in fact, I took them out a week before my interview just to let my holes close up. And Nehru made a $5 bet with Doug that I'd wear those earrings my first day at Pioneer. I did, Nehru won $5.
Fast forward to now - the day before my last day at Pioneer. Thinking about the things that I didn't know before I got here is insanity. I've been on several ridiculous projects. Nick, Nehru, Doug, Minnis, and many others helped me learn me a ton... ASP, Powerbuilder, XML, AJAX, crazy JS, insane SQL (handling even more insane data), large Java apps, C#, RFID, .NET, etc. I also learned all about enterprise programming and project management techniques.
Pioneer really has been good for me... but now it's time for me to try something different.
I can't thank Marv enough for creating that position for me. And the same goes to everyone else for the mentoring, guidance, and good times. We got a lot accomplished and had a ton of fun doing it. There are so many freakin stories... I can't even begin.
Sorry for the cheesy article... but that's how I feel.
And now... it's onto something
bigger and better smaller and sweeter.