D E M E N T E D P E N G U I N . N E T

June 6, 2011

Yay, an update (finally)

Filed under: vacation — admin @ 2:07 am

I am less than exemplary at keeping this blog up-to-date, and it seems to be noticed from time to time. So here’s an attempt at an update that will hopefully keep people happy for at least a little while.

I love my wife and son – they are the two best things to have ever happened to me. A close third would be our dog Zoe. My wife takes better care of me and my son than anyone has ever done, and way better than I ever expected anyone to. She’s borderline Stepford wife at times – but in a good way. And Hayden is awesome. He is constantly teaching me new things and, occasionally, a teaches me to have a heightened sense of patience. He’s 8 and all he talks about is Halo, other video games, the video game he’s designing, and guns. All of which are topics that are very near and dear to him, but way outside of the things I’m typically interested in. Sometimes I find myself not giving him the credit he deserves for his creativity and passion for his video games – both the creation of and the discussion of. I keep reminding myself that I need to appreciate him now, because in 5 or so years he won’t want to spend so much time with us.

I’m leaving for Singapore again on the 12th and will be coming back on the 19th. We’re going to do some on-site work to get things cleaned up and converted to a state that we can better support them, and for one of our new Operations Managers to get to know the Garena crew.  I’m excited to go, especially to see the Garena guys again, but I’m not looking forward to the heat and humidity.

We recently went on a company cruise to Ensenada Mexico. It’s the first time I’ve been to Mexico, or on a cruise for that matter, and it was an interesting experience. Nickey and I went to the La Bufadora (a.k.a. the blow-hole) and ended up walking through my own personal hell – about an 1/8th of a mile of street vendors doing everything they can to get you to come into their shop. I ended up buying a straw cowboy hat and a small ukulele like guitar (it has 6 strings otherwise it would be a ukulele). We gorged ourselves on the boat and drank a little. I’d say the highlight of the cruise was the last night we went to a comedy show and saw one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen. I really wish I could remember his name – I’ve tried to google for it but didn’t find him. That’s unfortunate. During the cruise there was a skeleton crew of people that stayed behind and moved the office from the old location in Culver City, to the new location in Santa Monica. It’s a lot bigger and has some cool perks, and is in a really nice place. So far it’s been good.

Since my last post I’ve been “promoted” to lead, and am in charge of my own group of minions. I think it’s been going well, at least much better than I expected, and I’ve even been approached to escalate my position again – but that’s still in the discussion phase. I have to say that I never really expected to be in any kind of lead/product owner/manager position, but it seems I’m heading in that direction. It’s a stray from my nice and safe systems administration functions, but sometimes we need to challenge ourselves and try out new things. That’s really the only reason I’ve agreed to the current discussion of my next proposed leadership role (proposed only, not definite). We’ll see where this goes.

Other than that, I’ve been working on some eco projects, as can be seen on my eco-blog, and I hope to be able to get my very own, and very first, full sized solar panel. Hopefully I can get it and have a place to put it….

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