Wrapping up

Yesterday I basically signed off with Zombie, LLC for the last time. I had one project I wanted to wrap up, a predictive hard drive failure ticket on a RAID array that I had missed months ago. I escalated it to Dell for next day support and signed off. I told my boss that I was done. I would stick around to handle any escalations that our helpdesk threw back at us, but I wasn’t doing any more break/fix work, and I was starting any new projects. Now all I have to do is clean out my file folders and hand over my VM and LastPass export to the team in St. Louis. I’ve got a few things that I need to bring back to bossman and I’m done, and I just want to announce it to the world.

One thing that I can’t wait to turn in is my desk phone, a VOIP unit that sits in my front office. I told Younger that I was getting rid of it and her face lit up. I think, in a way, that phone represents a lot of conflict in this house. If I’m on a call with a client, I can’t physically isolate myself by closing a door since the front living room is effectively my office. And if I’m on the phone and the kids come in, I’m muting the phone to tell them to scram, or yell at them to pipe down. And in the event that they’re being so disruptive that I have to hang up the phone, well, then there’s hell to pay. I’ll be glad to pack the damn thing up and send it back.

I’m not saying that everything’s going to be roses just because I get rid of the phone, but I know it’s going to be a huge improvement in my quality of life, at least for the next few weeks. We’ll see how long my runway lasts. Once I was able to sign off with the Dell dispatcher yesterday I closed my windows and had special time with Younger before lunch, and actually made some good progress with the Solana multisig that I’ll need to write up for SAIADao.

BTC and ETH recovered quite a bit yesterday, and I tentatively added to my longs on Perp.fi, but I’m not really sticking to a plan, and will probably get rekt. The market had a little pullback overnight, some alts are still getting killed, but I haven’t looked at my positions yet this morning. At least I know what I need to do this AM.

I went back and looked at posts from last May. I don’t seem to have anything further back for May, even going back to 2004. Last year this time I was graduating from college and trying to pick up a six-figure job. To think I just turned one down a few weeks ago… hopefully that won’t come back to bite me in the ass. Reading Deep Work last night got me thinking that what I’ve really been looking for is some isolation from interruption, the ability to sit down for a few hours and work on a project with really intense focus. Even after resigning from Zombie, that won’t be automatic. I’ve still got distractions in the form of TradingView, Twitter, and numerous Discord servers that I allow to distract me. And there’s the kids of course.

But still, I was able to make some good progress yesterday with Solana; it was a problem that I’d been trying to figure out for a week or two, and the solution seems to be much simpler than I had been anticipating. I should probably take note of my horoscope or the phase of the moon, y’know, just in case. I think this weekend with my dad really affected me, I caught myself tearing up at one point while writing yesterday, but it set my mind and my motivation, which may have had something to do with it. We’ll see how long it lasts.

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