A day off

I recently took a job, after a fairly relaxing and non-productive nine month silicon-valley sabbatical. As part of my deal for coming out of retirement, I didn't want to work full time. I think largely that was a ploy to make sure nobody would want to hire me. It didn't really work, and so now I have a 60% job. At some point I need to ramble on how 60% of 40 may well still be 40, but not now. Today was the first day I didn't show up for work, after three weeks. Some of those days were half-days, and lots were training lectures, and honestly, in the first few weeks I think I better get in some bonus face-time so I can at least not be a stranger at the meetings.

What I did today:</ul>
  • Went to Linda and Jack's wedding. Very nice, mostly traditional-non-religious-with-some-interfaith-mish-mosh-stuff wedding. It was at the San Jose Museum of Art, a great place. Though I flashed on: "what if you reserved the place a year in advance and had to get married in front of a Francis Bacon retrospective or something.
  • Bolted from the reception to take a tour of the Palo Alto Airport's control tour, and hang with the controllers. San Jose Airport has 250,000 take-offs and landings a year. Palo Alto has 220,000. Fun for geeks.
  • Read too much email
  • Went to Filoli Gardens. Really wonderful. The tulips are up, as are the weeping cherry trees, and ummm lots of other stuff.
  • Went to the Y to go rock climbing, and now hurt.
  • Not started yet, but gonna watch some Soprano's episodes on the couch, curled up with the dog.

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    tetris, pondering, philosophication

    On a more serious note, an intro.

    Just to possibly get the ball rolling and sort of express why I decided to start this thing (aside from it being elynne's fault).

    I used to have a neurosis. I used to break down on the one I live with semi-regularly wanting to know if it was all right that I was at home and working on my novels, not out there with a Real Job being Productive (i.e. 'earning money'). Needing to be assured that I wasn't a freeloader, leech, or waste of protein.

    I still have a neurosis, but it's mostly under control.

    These days I'm working on the novels. I'm thinking of, in a couple of years, starting up a small business to sell craftwork that I'm currently not actually equipped to do yet. I'm considering a few other "impractical" things, including some that will probably take a fairly substantial outlay of resources to pursue. And I'm trying to learn how to do the housework better to improve the neurosis-coping techniques.

    I'm hoping this community will wind up being a place where people can share their successes and accomplishments in the realm of their ambitions, swap tips about finding time to fit things like their arts in around the things required to live, discuss ways of making transitions from "9-to-5 with gigs on the side" to "full-time musician" and similar things, and occasionally vent if need be. And whatever else seems appropriate and comes up, y'know?

    Hi there.