- Born at the peak of the Boom
- Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
- BS, Mathematics, Ohio State University
- Career in Software Engineering, 35 yrs
- Lived in Central Florida, Fairfax Virginia, Chuquicamata & Santiago de Chile
- Pit stops in St. Louis, Toledo, Detroit, Boston, Denver, L.A., Houston.
- And other places in ME, NH, RI, PA, NY, NJ, NC, GA, KY. So basically all over the East Coast.
- Currently living in the Rincon Valley in Arizona, near Tucson.
OK, basic facts out of the way…
I always wanted to be a flower child, back when we had those. I was a tiny bit too young for that, though.
Most of my software career was in the form of independent contracting, which was a really good deal for me: I could work 8 or 10 months, then take a year or so off. Mmmm, those were the days! My last job, though, was as a “real” employee. I took that job because they agreed to move me to Tucson, plus I could get health insurance, which I rarely had as a contractor. Not that I needed it, but generally a good thing. Unfortunately, the job was working for the MIC, which has all kinds of negative side-effects. Mostly I worked on simulations, but still…
Eventually the load of bad karma became too much, though. After obsessively considering for a year or two my in-comes and my out-goes and my strategic reserves, I decided that I could make it to full-rate Social Security-land from here. So I retired. And what a relief it is, too!
Now I get to go back to being a flower child, which I had left off during the whole struggle for food, housing and all that stuff. I have travelled a bit, so I don’t feel the need to do more of that. I lost interest in the TV. I have a few high-tech gadgets; they’re not the “latest & greatest”, but they work fine for what I need. I have transportation; I have a nice house and plenty of dirt around it, and I have the basic set of household skills.
I have enough.
And now I’m going to see what I can make of that.