09/13/2004: "The Fall"
I used to love this time of year. The smell of rotting leaves on chilly days with clear blue skies. But in Juneau the fall is the time of year I dread. It starts to get cold and rainy and the leaves don't turn color as much as they die and blow away in a single weekend. The last couple of days I've felt so tired and lame and it all coincides with the start of the fall semester at the university...that means non-stop deadlines and getting up in front of rooms full of young kids and having to be prepared and social on demand and sometimes I just hate it.
My friend Julie stopped by to see me this afternoon. She's a database manager for the state and she's received almost all of her training on the job. They're even paying her to take some programming classes etc. Talking with her this afternoon reminded me of how much I love doing IT work and how that was my oringinal track (system's administrator) in grad school. Probably I'm just having a bad couple of weeks, but I'm seriously considering my options.