Raison d’être

    So, who are you?  (with apologies to The Who)

 I’m a professional systems administrator (and former software engineer), in my 6th decade, who grew up and has lived essentially his entire life in the Midwest.  I’ve been programming since I was 15, and doing it professionally for the last 25 years.  (Before that I did some electronics repairs, and a bit of digital hardware engineering.  I also assist my wife in managing the rental properties we own.)  I’m now the employee of a public University in a smallish city.

    So why would you want to write a blog?

 In the last couple of years, I’ve become disenchanted with the way my career has turned out.  In the last 9 months or so, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am a Code Monkey Code Monkey [corrected link] – I would be happiest if I could just sit somewhere and bang out some software that was pretty, and useful to someone.

So, I’m going to do something(s) about it.  And I want to document my experience – partly for my own ego gratification, partly to get feedback, partly to give some assistance and encouragement to others “past their sell-by dates” who are trying to change jobs and/or careers.

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