Last Wednesday marked the third anniversary of my arrival in Texas. The only other time I had been in Texas was 3 months earlier when I interviewed for my Blue Badge (i.e. full-time employee) position. What a ride it has been!
Microsoft CSS has a tradition – not everyone follows it fortunately – of bringing in one pound of M&Ms for each year you have worked. Naturally, I had to bring in 1.360 kilograms of candy since I enjoy promoting the metric system in the only nation whose citizens have yet to adopt it. I mention that it is fortunate not everyone follows this tradition since some of my colleagues would cause organization-wide diabetic comas on their anniversaries.
Why Texas? Honestly, my first choice was Washington and the support site at Issaquah. I spoke with my mentor Jerome (who is now a SQL Server developer) and he convinced me that Texas was the better choice. The cost of living is cheaper here and for SQL Server support, Bob Ward and Bob Dorr are here.
I certainly never expected to own a house so quickly – the real estate slump helped with that. The next biggest hurdle would be to stop procrastinating getting my driver’s license (still no plans in that department since I enjoy riding my bike too much).