awfulhorrid: (Bella on Computer)
I have no details on the project, but one of the departments here at my client site sent me this email on Friday:

"Can you do or do you know any good .NET 4.5 web developers for a e-commerce web portal with SQL Server backend database?"

I have SQL Server background, but not in a web environment. While I could probably still do the job, I have too many other projects on my list to take on a new one, particularly one with new to me elements.

If anyone's interested, please let me know and I'll put you in contact with the right people. (Which would probably be subcontracting through the same company for which I am.)
awfulhorrid: (Default)
Well, I've been there about two weeks now, so I've got a better idea of how things are going. You know the questions ... was this a mistake? After being out of programming / database administration for so long are my skills attropied and useless now? Can I put up with the daily commute of about an hour each way in moderate Chicago traffic? Can I really adjust to wearing dressing up like an office monkey and wearing a tie every single day????

In short: is this the job for me?

Oh heck yeah!

The commute isn't that bad. I actually had it worse when I lived in Chicago and only had to drive 10 miles or so. The traffic was often worse there and it took me about the same about of time.

I'm finding that while I do have to occassionally pause and ask myself "... mm ... what was the exact structure of that funcation again?" I haven't lost my abilities. Anyway, that's not mattering much right now since my first job is to dig through what the last guy did and get familiar with the existing applications before something breaks. (I note that they were smart enough to hire someone in anticipation of this situation instead of waiting until it was a problem. That alone makes me happy with the company!)

And after two years of a "grease monkey" type of uniform, wearing a nice clean shirt and tie in an air-conditioned office really isn't that difficult. A friend told me the other day that I looked really nice. Since she's someone who I particularly like appealing to, I really appreciated that!

This past week is the first time I've worked a 40 hour week in almost two years. I came home on Friday smiling. I wasn't in pain. I could walk on Saturday with no difficulty. Hell, I was home on Saturday! I had more energy after this week than I did after most 20 hour weeks in the last two years.

Ok, dinner's ready. I'll post more about this later. I should describe a bit about the company and the corporate campus. Let's just say I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was plesantly surprised.
awfulhorrid: (Cat Furniture)
I haven't posted an update in a while. Like most people my recent life can be summed up in a short sentence: things have been happening recently; some good, some bad. The bad things are mostly health related and I will not bore anyone here in my general post with the details, suffice to say that the problems will either get better or eventually they will no longer be a problem.

So, then there's the good news ... apparently the way for me to get really good solid IT job offers was to quit my previous job at Envirotest and accept a part-time consulting gig covering Milwaukee area clients for a firm from Madison. I had my first client visit on Monday, things went well and I was happy and looking forward to more nice, easy visits just like that one ... so of course I got a full time offer on Tuesday.

At first I was reluctant -- I haven' t worked full time in a long time and the part-time gig certainly paid well enough for me to afford to be somewhat lazy ... but the full time gig not only paid somewhat better, but it's very firmly back in my field of database development. (Data migration, parsing, and reporting to be specific.) I resisted the first time, but when they called back again a few hours later, I told them I'd think about it and by Wednesday, I let them know I was interested and would accept the job.

So naturally I got three more leads and/or follow-ups from other jobs after that. Where were all these offers several weeks ago? Sheesh.

Anyway, I'm going to be busy during the week for about two months, then it cuts back to 4 days a week so I can be a little lazy again. It's projected to go past the end of the year, which in the language of most contract positions means probably at least a year or so. The only downside? I'll have to wear a tie again, but considering I've been dressing in a uniform for work for the last two years and I'll be making ... er ... about 4 times as much per hour ... I think I can tolerate that.

Of course after checking my wardrobe, it looks like I need to go do a little shopping ...

February 2013



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