I just happened to check work email from my phone. In it, I saw a note from our director of program management, announcing that he'll be opening new positions very shortly, and would like to know if I might be interested in being considered for one of the openings.
I will interview for the position in French if I have to do so. To say that I'm interested would be an understatement of Brobdingnagian proportion- moving back to a PM role and out of testing again would be incredible.
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The solar circumnavigation just complete was replete with all sorts of interesting things. Just a few highlights:
I was privileged with the opportunity to visit several new places: the Hoh Rainforest, Rialto Beach and Forks, WA; Cannon Beach, Oregon; and Las Vegas, NV.
I was reminded-painfully- that when preparing to jump over something, it is advisable to verify that the drop on the landing side is concomitant with the take-off on the departing side. Otherwise, the impact does unpleasant things to the bones in your feet.
I finally managed to figure out how to feel and talk about emotions, and have become a much better communicator.
I've had my taste in food shift fairly drastically. Between that and managing to exercise more, I'm now almost back to what I weighed during my hockey-playing days. As of this morning, I was down exactly forty pounds from my noted high of 207.5.
I started running, and ran my first 5k.
I've been honoured and blessed to have my eldest daughter back in my life. Катюша, я тебя люблю, и всегда, вне зависимости от ситуации или расстояние между нами.
I met someone new and fell very much in love. Not to be remiss in other relationships, I continue to fall more in love with my best-beloved of fifteen years every day. Love shared is really feeling more exponential than merely multiplied these days.
Apparently I pass at both polite and somewhat functional, as I got a nice response back wishing me well and so on, and if I happened to trip across anyone who would fit their openings would I think kindly enough of them to pass the contact information along.
So, do any of my Seattle area software testing folk have experience with LoadRunner and interest in doing a contract gig involving scripting lots of load-testing automation? You don't need to respond to the recruiter in Russian- her English, as evidenced in the initial email, is exemplary.
And I'm still paid almost $14k a year less than I was at my previous job. Almost four years ago. On the positive side, at least this company has a solid future and my stock options should actually be worth something more than I'd pay for them when the company goes public (which is on the horizon).
How often does this happen to you?
How regularly would it have to happen for you to find it strange and/or more than merely incidentally synchronistic?
I know, I know, weird question. Humour me, will you? I'll explain why in the near future after seeing how a number of you answer.
Life is good. Unlike so many of the posts in this journal over the lifespan of its existence, for the most part I'm actively and assertively happy, emotionally and (mostly) physically healthy. Still love the place I work and for the most part, what I get to do, even if there are the little bits here and there which make me slightly crazier than usual. I have the slight suspicion that I'm managing to surround myself with people who are at least a little above my station, but find that they mirror the same perception about me- which probably just works out to being determined not to take others for granted, which is a decidedly good thing.
This morning, I ran the Seattle Marathon 5k road race. I've been running since the summer at varying distances, but hadn't done anything formal with it, so this was a new experience. The results right now show me at 109th among 310 male participants (I expect this to be revised up one spot, due to a double-entry, unless there were a pair of identical twins with the same name who ran exactly the same time) at a time of 26:28- or 8:22 behind the winner in my age range.
|Seattle Marathon 5k course Seattle Marathon 5k course|
I set a pace for the run with the RunKeeper app on my phone for a little slower than I've been averaging running on the treadmill at the gym (5:20, slightly off the 5:16 my last gym half hour was)- I figured real terrain and the temperature would have at least some impact on my performance, and it didn't seem right to expect to match treadmill pace on the roads of Seattle. Five minutes in, RunKeeper told me that I was almost fifty seconds ahead of that pace, which was just stunning. It also helped incite a little bout of cold-and-activity induced asthma, I think, as shortly after the end of the first mile, I was starting to have a little difficulty breathing, and slowed up a bit until I was able to get back to a normal breathing rate. Pushing on was a good decision, and I finished the course. RunTracker and the GPS in my phone show my total distance for the 26:41 it tracked was 5.52km- or an average pace of 4:50 per kilometer- which is faster than I've run any distance to date.
The rest of the series is here.
In semi-related news, I'm within about $1800 of my goal to upgrade some of my camera equipment. If that could possibly be done in a self-supported way, it'd be ideal.
Here's the 'official' copy about our recruiting event tomorrow. Tableau is a good place to work, and for those of you looking, maybe we have a spot which matches your experience. Hope to see some of you tomorrow.
Tableau Software is hosting "Aloha Friday" this week!
8/26 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Lake View Courtyard, 837 N 34th St., Seattle, WA
We are hosting a fun Recruiting event outside of the Fremont office, complete with a taste of the tropics! A team of Tableau employees will gathered to meet with candidates and passersby outside in our courtyard area, while enjoying tropical flavored shave ice and the sounds of a steel drum band. Attendees will be encouraged to bring resumes, a business card, or a referral in exchange for a shave ice! We hope to see you there! www.tableausoftware.com/jobs
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