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Monday, May 24, 2010

Oh, my. I've had quite a week.

I started it with meeting with a recruiter. Nothing for me, not too exciting, more of the same and more of the same of stuff that I don't really wish to do any more.

Then on Tuesday I went to a meeting of a nonprofit tech group. Lovely people, but I met no one knew and got no cards. They are ... not exactly the right pond. I need to fish elsewhere. The more I do this, the less tolerance I have for lovely people who cannot really help me. It's not a mercenary thing (at least, I don't think it is). Rather it's just that life is so full that I need to make choices. Contacts or comfort? I've had a lot of comfort lately. So contacts it is. Oh and I went to the gym that day, too.

Wednesday I went to a coffee that I love. That is almost pure comfort so I'm not totally bagging that aspect of things. But I do have to curtail it, allow one and not others.

Thursday I had no meetings and instead worked on robotics stuff all the livelong day. And I realized: I'm having a good time. Then the principal (B___) contacted me: we are looking to have a meeting on Sunday. Wanna come? Sure. Plus I went to the gym again, and this time talked to some folks. These are, well, they are probably neighbors. :)

Friday I had another networking meeting. This one is much more the correct pond, despite it being a lot of comfort. Perhaps I'm less eager to dump the comfort than I'd thought.

And then, after Saturday (Mr. J and I went out and played frisbee; it was fun) came, of course, Sunday.

I had cut up fruit and some rather junky store-bought cookies. Ready to go, I boarded the bus to Cambridge. Took me a while to find my way (the principal lives in Somerville, a vortex that I swear swallows people and cars), but I got there all right.

We got down to business once the other three arrived (they were driving in from the West). Talking, laughing, reading off a computer screen. I had prepared a report. They LOVED it. Just some graphs (I like graphs) showing how things are going. It's early and there is little to report, but I wanted to set a standard.

We talked about how much it would cost to manufacture a buncha units (they make robotics modules -- guts, not the outside). We discussed how to handle an upcoming meeting with a venture capitalist firm (I wouldn't be going to that). We talked social media marketing. We talked sales. We talked papers and patents.

Then the B___'s girlfriend walked in. How long you been meeting?

Uh, two hours.

No one had noticed the passage of time. We were all just so bound up in it all.

They are taking a chance on me, I know, we all know. I am new to this and eager to please, trying to get in a plan and a strategy and have it all make sense. And I am taking a chance on them, as there are no guarantees, there is no money yet, and my main source of income will continue to be Unemployment until funding kicks in, if ever. Risks abound. Rewards are uncertain.

Yet I am having more work fun than I have since I taught, which was almost 20 years ago. It is comfortable. Easy. Intelligent. Respectful yet playful. It feels like we're doing something important. Something that might really help people.

The dynamic is, admittedly, a tad odd. They remind me a tiny bit of these guys:

So I suppose that means this is me:

I am jazzed. I am pumped. I am so happy.

All I gotta do is work on the ears.
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    Any time you can get bound up in something and have time fly by without noticing it, it is a great sign!

    And thanks for the blog visits and kind words. Race weekend forecast is looking worse. But I'm feeling fine with that. I will use the race to enjoy the progress I've made in two and a half years.
    3723 days ago
    Sounds like you are having a lot of fun with this project. Sometimes that's more important than any monetary benefit. It's good for the soul.
    3724 days ago
    I'm PSYCHED just hearing about it! Wowzer! Such an opportunity! I just KNOW you're going to take that ball and run with it for all you're worth! :-)

    3725 days ago
    And this is exactly what you earned your unemployment insurance to be able to do. Now this is more like it.
    3725 days ago
    Very cool. I hope this robotics thing turns into something y'all can make some money doing! I'm so glad you're having fun at work. A bit jealous, I will admit, but happy for you. At least someone's having fun!
    3725 days ago
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    Sounds more than promising! Fun. I remember fun--vaguely. Wonder if I can still do it. Nostalgia is setting in--where do I look for fun? Will have to think about this. Finding money would be good, too. Where to begin?
    3725 days ago
  • JDB1957
    Excitement, Fun , Intrigue~ they keep us motivated and are good for the soul!It is good you are doing something that makes you happy, YOU matter! emoticon
    3725 days ago
    Sounds like a good week to me. I hope all works out the way you want .
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    3725 days ago
    Sounds very exiting! You rock those ears!
    3725 days ago
    I hope that this new adventure works out! Have a great day and stay motivated! emoticon
    3725 days ago
    I hope this works out for you. Nothing wrong with working a few hobbits.
    3725 days ago
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