Aaaaaaand We’re Back 6 comments


To quote a famous poet of  recent years:

Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years.

A recap:

‘Twas January of the year 2011 and a slightly younger version of yours truly had just left a Web Marketing Manager position at a local appliance parts supplier in favor of his third stint as a Systems Analyst for a local print & fulfillment provider. Although the landscape was frozen in the midst of Winter, the atmosphere was full of warmth and hope for a brighter future as a sense of home settled in. The FMDY posting frequency took a dip over the preceding holidays, but were continuing apace.

Other notable events of January 2011:

  • The attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona that killed six and wounded thirteen took place.
  • Ian McKellen officially confirmed that he would reprise the role of Gandalf in “The Hobbit” film adaptations.
  • Wikipedia turned 10 years old.
  • More stuff happened.

That, of course, was prior to The Great Hoggian Server Crash. Call it failing equipment, call it industrial espionage, call it whatever you like, just… well, see above. The web host was down & out and wasn’t coming back. The investigation for another free host began, but took a backseat as life does what it does best – gets busy and/or complicated – and the final calendar page blew away revealing 2012.

Free hosting wasn’t an option so enter GoDaddy. With fees now paid, the site was installed, but it wouldn’t load as the configuration failed. The life happened again. Harder. Coworkers left the print company or were dismissed. Management turned. More coworkers left or were dismissed. The work days grew much longer and free time evaporated. Any semblance of a personal life or potential relationships dwindled to nothing. FMDY was a distant glimmer in the eye of “One day…”

Fast forward to slightly calmer times, but FMDY still isn’t even on the radar. In fact, the first radar blip didn’t occur until late October of 2014 when, for the fourth time, yours truly was released from the aforementioned local printing company (that’s a story for another day). Having gone through a similar fate in 2009, the lessons learned reaped the benefits of a quickly reworked resume and a near-obsessive employment search and tracking. The biggest block to FMDY – time- was removed, but guilt replaced it. The site was already paid for (albeit still misconfigured), but guilt planted the seeds of how-can-you-justify-spending-time-on-something-other-than-job-hunting. Silly, no?

Three months to the day from release, yours truly received a job offer with a prominent railcar company from the Pacific Northwest. Travelling back & forth to the corporate offices has filled a few weeks since that time and other travel is in the foreseeable future. Seeing new parts of the country isn’t a bad thing, though, as wanderlust grows. That covers employment and blog history since last we met. A great deal more has happened – laughter, tears, hopes, and regrets – but those are stories for another time.

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6 thoughts on “Aaaaaaand We’re Back

  • Scott

    Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out.
    Welcome back to that same old place that you laughed about.
    Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
    But those dreams have remained and they’re turned around.

    Who’d have thought they’d lead ya (Who’d have thought they’d lead ya)
    Back here where we need ya (Here where we need ya)

    Yeah we tease him a lot cause we’ve got him on the spot,
    Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

  • pcalderone

    Thank you, my friend. It feels simultaneously frightening and exhilarating to be doing this again. Perhaps when I’m ready to change the blog’s appearance (soon I’m thinking), you’ll grant me permission to use one/some of your outstanding photos?

  • Gerrard

    Please, please – more web hosting stories. Server crashes, GoDaddy, misconfigurations, weird references to “Hoggian” something or other – I could feel my heart racing!

    Gerrard