It was my turn to give a “walk in my shoes” talk for about 5-10 minutes at our monthly staff meeting. I don’t know why I was so nervous about it. I’ve worked with these people for almost 3 years, and if we had all been in a bar for this I’d have had no problem. I guess because it was more official and formal. Still, it’s one less stressor out of the way.
We’ve all been having meetings with the grandboss to discuss our career goals. Today is my turn, and I’m dreading it, because I don’t have any.
Today was the last day for my coworker Doug, who I worked with in a 2-man team for two years on virtual firewalls, until I got transferred against my will.
I learned a lot from Doug, and I wish I’d taken the opportunity to learn a lot more, but because the service ran so smoothly there was often nothing to do, so I got distracted by more immediate interests.
The man is a huge store of knowledge about firewalls and networking, and his departure is a real loss. He was also fun to be around, despite often being crotchety and railing against the government too much.
When we said our goodbyes, I think we were both on the verge of getting a little misty-eyed. I’m gonna miss him.
On the upside, if I hadn’t been transferred, I’d be expected to fill his shoes, and I don’t think I’m up to the job. Those are big shoes to fill.
We lost all VPN connection to our Atlanta headquarters at about 1:30pm, so since then we’ve had no ticket database access, no firewall access, no phones, no lights, no motor car. But we can surf the web. LOL
This means we can do no work whatsoever, so I’m playing Zuma on Yahoo Games. Twenty more grueling minutes of this, and I can go home. Whew! I’m wiped out.