Woah, Nellie.NET!

From my simple mind to… mine…

Random, weary thoughts on "Working a lot…"

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Well, here I am…  4am… investigating several items, including why a certain CSS/XHTML design doesn’t look correct, exploring fluent NHibernate and dbdeploy, and reviewing the items required on three ongoing projects. So am I working a lot? You know damn right I am.

I’ve been a workaholic for quite a bit of my last 2 years, mostly because I’m trying to get a small business off the ground. I certainly don’t have the energy that I did ten years ago, but the idea of going out with a small team of strong people makes it a very exciting opportunity. Lately, things have become more intense as the business plan has come together nicely, the economic conditions have opened up the opportunities for us (a negative economy is actually good for us), and as the code base becomes more solid, an ASP.NET MVC/C#/NHibernate/xDD/XHTML/extJs application built around a deep DDD approach.

Still, I am working a lot…

My girlfriend tends to give me the eye, indicating “it’s time” to spend time with her. She understands what I’m trying to do, but I get up and make sure I take the time.

My last attempt to run my own business lasted nearly 3 years, but in the end cost me quite a chunk of change. The end was surprisingly fast, given the amount of money flowing out… which was a lot. And it was an end to what was a good amount of money flowing in originally. To this day, I’m still paying… shit… and they say I work a lot. πŸ˜‰

I try to make it out to the gym… I believe in it’s value over playing video games and watching TV. But still, a client call or immediate problem can divert me from that undertaking in an instant. Oh yeah, I’m working too much.

I’ve certainly been assailed with that idea that I’m being anti-social from family members, folks at work and even good old friends. “If they only knew what I was trying to do…,” I think. Then I think “Loser…” to myself. I never imagined I’d be here. I used to enjoy having a few good beers, good times with friends, and a few good wom… wait, better not say that part. When was that anyways? Was it before the work?

Still it seems I’ve been working hard since I got to college – Carnegie Mellon University. A kick in the ass on that level. “Never had to do this in high school… wtf… work?” And smarter people than I’ve ever met before… hmmm… sure beats the highest pregnancy rate at my high school in Texas, the year I graduated – #1 at something, yeah!

Well, I had better get back to work… so I can go back to bed, then to the gym, then to a full day of work, then time with the girlfriend, rinse, repeat…

Sad? Nah… one day, I will be in a house on a beach, in Puerto Rico. There will be no work. Just the beach, the ocean, good times, good friends. It will happen, my friends.


It’s 4 am folks, so give me a break. πŸ˜‰


Written by Nelson

September 10, 2008 at 9:33 am

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  1. Puerto Rico? What about Hawaii? At least keep it in the US primary. Territories don’t count. πŸ™‚

    Jason Meridth

    September 10, 2008 at 8:07 pm

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