I am not technically employed by anyone. I help people with my skills and they give me money. I like this situation, but I'm afraid it has to change. I didn't put in the time to find more jobs just in case the other ones stopped needing my help and I'm behind now. So it looks like I'll be taking up my former position as a FTE. But I want things to change. I don't want to be just some guy working there; I want to be the man.
I can already foresee this is going to be a lesson in business and economics. I know there are things we could change and produce better code. However, I think that the bosses feel that change isn't needed and isn't going to be cost effective. But it isn't their fault; they just don't know how much is out there. So if they a) decide they need me full time and b) are willing to let me try to introduce some new ideas then life will be good. If anyone reads this at the office, I missed you guys. I want to do some pretty cool stuff that I've been learning and working on. I hope to share it with you!
I have finally gotten settled down somewhat down in Mobile and ready to take on the world. Looks like I may be going back to full time employment at ACS doing FoxPro work in order to make me some fishing money. Unfortunately, that means I'll be commuting between Daupin Island and Mobile almost every day (around 35 minutes each way). The Good News is that I get to enjoy time working with all of my old friends. I still will be writing ItsTweetTime, still doing freelance (although not as actively looking for stuff), and still be blogging.
It feels very nice to have a milestone (completion of my degree) to start fresh. It isn't a total complete fresh start, but its close enough to work for now. The next plans are to start getting settled into the community of Mobile again. As many know, I am a member of the Jaycees and work on the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. I plan on trying to get involved with some other groups involved with the downtown revitalization efforts and maybe starting up a Ruby / Rails group down here. Let me know if you've got any suggestions or offers to help start up a group!