What appears to be a world littered with twitter messages and facebook status message updates, I thought it appropriate to update those who care enough to read. I have neglected the communication I often share with everyone due to the constraints of time and sleep. Given the choice to ensure a rigid routine or talk to you all late into the night, I am selfish and choose sleep and eating. Sorry, just the caveman in us all.
Location for the first time in 3 years has been, dare I say, stable. I transitioned from the vertical living of Crystal City to a beautiful little town-home in Old Town Alexandria. This means absolutely nothing to you non-DC snobs, but equate it to moving from concrete jungle to suburbia soccer mom throw down. Oscar and I stand out like a clown at a funeral, but we enjoy the family atmosphere and nice walking sidewalks. Even if we are required to dodge yuppies at every turn. They are nice yuppies. With that stationary expression though, I must admit I type this from the airplane. My work (will cover shortly) has brought me back to the mistress of the road. We had been separated for awhile, but I am now back to knowing her well. The travel is nowhere near the amount you are all accustom to by reading my messages, but certainly enough to earn me an extra chocolate on the hotel bed pillow.
A few months ago I was given the official grade for the role I was filling. Up until then I was performing the work, but not given the same titel and responsbility. It has been a learning experience as no good work goes unpunished. The mantra I am finding is hard work just deserves some more of it. To be perfectly honest I love it and the hours are a blessing. Watching the military father I had from afar and being raised in a family of strong men has left me well equipped to take the role on. Phrases like:
- Troops are your greatest asset and biggest responsibility
- God calls you to lead by example and with integrity
- Lead from the front, not from the rear
- Set the bar high enough and someone will get their chin there
- If your men are there, you are too. Never excuse yourself from hard work because you are the boss
These all guide me on my new found adventures in to management land. My refusal to be the manager who doesn’t understand the work he is leading has helped me to stay engaged. The natural curiosity I was raised with keeps my after hours and waking moments filled with techie stuff and geeky expansion. It still makes me smile to be the guy who fixes the problem when no one else can.
All in all the year mark is approaching 1 August for my first trip to DC. When I type up my memoirs (To be titled “The Geek shall inherit the Earth”) this will serve as a chapter mark. Much growth and learning has occurred in the short time of this transition. I hope to be in a better place to catchup with you all soon. God bless, love and thank-fullness, and sheesh I ramble well :)