A lot going on
It seems like it was only yesterday that .NET was still in Beta and I was spending every free second I had buying/reading new books trying to learn as much about .Net as I could and do it as quickly as possible. It seems like just yesterday that I started my job as a .NET Developer at InfoPro September 13, 2004 would have marked my two year anniversary but after a LOT of careful consideration, I've decided to move to Greenville SC and take a TiBA Solutions position there so I could be closer to My Hoe .(Kim, if you're reading this, Earl assures me that this is one of those words that takes on entirely different connototations depending on if you'e in the Noth or the South sort of like the huge distinction between 'slack' and 'lazy' [for the other readers, I always thought they were synonyms but recently i've found out that this isn't the case, at least if you're in Spartanburg. 'Slack' is a kind, warm and loving way to say someone's work ethic isnt' worth a sh1t whereas 'lazy' is a vicious and brutal way to say that someone's work eithic isn't work a sh1t. I too find it puzzling but I've got it on good authority that in Spartanburg, SC the distinction is the difference between night and day) So in this case it's clearly a term of endearment and used as the abbreviated form of the word “Honey” [As an aside, I've recently become privvy to an almost endless list of words that i thought were synonymns, and are if you are anywere on the planet, Solar System or Galaxy other than Spartanburg. However, if you are within the Spartaburg ciy limits, then things change dramatically. For instance, Always (if you are in Spartanburg) doesn't really mean every single time it just means that it happens a lot or happens on a regular basis. However if you use 'Constantly' then this takes the place of what we'd otherwise use 'always' for so Constantly means every single time without fail so much so that if you do something 'Constantly' that you literally have no time for anythign else. Also, when people refer to 'Foul Language' ('cussin' for those readers in Spartanburg), we all have a pretty good understanding of what that means. Actually, this isn't the case any more. In Spartanburg, if you say “Gosh Darnit“ but you say it and you're voice is soft and gentle when you say it, it's fine. and you aren't 'cussing' But if you say “You know Honey, THIS really really really makes me mad” but you say it loudly, or in front of a bunch of people or any of a bunch of other conditions, then this is in fact OFFICIALLY cussing (or using profanity). Like I said I've been gathering these for a while and I have a REALLY interesting list and discussion on the subject - if you are interested just let me know and I'll post the latest list that I've compiled.
But as great as things have been, Kim and I live about 2 hours away from each other and I don't get to see her anywhere close to as much as I'd like to. It's been some work but we've managed pretty well. But Kim and I both realize that Augusta isn't really a booming place for Techinical Writers. There's not many software companies here so there's also not much demand for Configuration mangement gurus like her. But two hours away in Greenville/Spartanburg, things are a lot different. For one, she's already situated working for a great company. And even if something happened there like the company being sold, there's a lot of industry and a lot of other software companies so there'd be very little difficulting in coming up with a plan B.
To that end I decided a few weeks ago that I need to make a change so that we could be closer together. I can't begin to describe how hard of a decision that's been to make. To date Infopro has been the best place I've ever worked and in many ways, things are much more like familiy than work. But this semi-long distance relationship thing simply can't go on forever and I want to be closer to Kim. About a two weeks ago I got a call from a company named TiBA Solutions and I started to speak with them a little more about what they're doing. It didn't take long for me to realize this is a first rate company and it will provide me the opportunity to be closer to Kim work in the type of environment that I love. And to this end i've been really fortunate. It's never easy leaving a place that you love even if you aren't really moving that far away. When you're really close with people and have a lot of freinds, it's even more difficult But if you have a leave a good situation, it's nice to know that you have another great situation and right off the bat I could tell that I'll be working with some very cool people (and some really cool techonology and working on really cool projects).
Anyway, I didn't realize it would be quite this difficult leaving everyone. To that end, I'd just like to say that it's been a real honor working with you all and all of you have helped me tremendously over the last two years. Dick, Ann, Les, Adam, Brian, Sameer, Earl, Scotty - I'm going to miss all of you but I will do my Gosh darndest (and I'm saying this in a low voice so it passes the Spartanburg test - never know when Kim could be listening in ;-)) to stay in contact - As soon as I start getting situatied and get all of my utiites turned on and all that jazz, I'll get you my contact info and hopefully we can all get together sometime soon.
Again, I'd just to thank each of you for being such great people to work for/with --- you all are the best