In early 2002, Valentine’s Day in fact, I found myself the proud owner of a dotcom-era layoff pink slip.
The good news was that a small software company down the street needed a C++ programmer. That company was Seapine. So I applied and then rushed to beat the rust off of my C++ knowledge that I hadn’t used in years. I wasn’t overly excited about doing C++ work, but I needed a steady paycheck, so I figured I would try to get this job and then see if something else popped up once the economy recovered.
That was 11 years ago.
So much for a short term job.
Over those 11 years I got a chance to work on nearly every product Seapine makes, got to do some marketing, some product management, made life-long friends, had a ball and yes wrote more C++ than you can shake a pointer at.
Today though is my last day here. On Monday I’ll start a new adventure in a new city doing new things. One could make a really compelling argument that Seapine’s code will start improving dramatically on Monday as well. I’m sure though that there is no real correlation there, just an amazing coincidence.
I wish nothing but the absolute best for Seapine and all my friends there. I hope that it keeps growing and is even more successful than it already is. Below is a picture of the entire company in 2002. Today we have more people than that signed up the for the company ping pong tournament alone.
I have no idea how long this blog will stay running. If you want to keep up with me going forward my personal site is at http://www.lammi.com. (Update those RSS feeds accordingly.) If anything I plan to keep my next to never posting frequency.
My uncle never said goodbye instead he always parted with “Be good to yourself.” I pass along the same to you.
Until we meet again, be good to yourself.