I let the queue on here dry up a while ago due to too many awesome things happening at once. (Whoops. Sorry about that.) I thought I’d get things kick-started with one of the most-awesomest things in my life: My Dad.
A guy who guided me, raised me, and sent me into this world with a drive to do what’s best for those you love. To be selfless over being selfish. To just be a good person.
One year ago, this guy had a stroke. It was by far the scariest moment of my life.
We have a big family, but most of my siblings have families, jobs, or other truly important responsibilities that they just couldn’t ignore long enough to give my dad the care he needed. I, on the other hand, was a recently laid-off bachelor. Yes, my volunteer work at St. Mary’s was important (to myself and the community)… but this was my Father. This was Family. This came first before anything.
I’m not going to sit here and pretend I personally swooped-in and saved his life. Most of the work was done by my wonderful sister Lisa, and our other siblings helped when and where they could. But I dropped everything I could to help my dad, and help my family help my dad. Because I could.
And this is why I made the heavy decision to shut down TomatoBlue-the-app-development-house and bring back TomatoBlue-the-humble-tumblr-blog.
Did it hurt my career? You bet. A dude who’s been unemployed for over a year isn’t exactly the most impressive man on paper. But it worked. After many months of physical therapy, my dad was finally, officially, able to take care of himself as of July 2013. The crisis is over. Everything I left was worth it. And I’d make the same decision again in a heartbeat.
So where does that leave me now?
Well, I’m still interviewing. There are plenty of people in the bay looking for Release Engineers, or QA, or green-but-driven software devs. My recruiters and I just haven’t been able to find a good fit. In the mean time, I’ve got a great idea for a new project. Bad news is there’s no way I can build it without a web component, and I haven’t built a web app since college. Good news? Now I get to learn Ruby!
(I’m serious. Learning stuffs is the best stuffs.)
Hobby wise, I’ve found more time for audio recording. You’d hear the fruits of my labor on Queen and Crone, but Sage has spent the last run of episodes exploring the life of a particularly wonderful 103 year old man with plenty of stories to tell. I’ll let you know when items get posted, though.
Life wise, I’ve got myself a wonderful new supportive group of friends. I’m in such a better place today than I was one year ago. It’s heartwarming just to think about.
Okie dokes. I’m off now to toss some photos into my flickr, then stuff the queue here up some more. Let’s aim for a little less dead-air in the future, okay? After that: time to study up for my next coding project. :D
Wish me luck, internet!