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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Life Update

Technology blogs are boring for the most part. Sure it's cool to read about someone configuring or trying something out for the first time. However, if you run a technology blog and you read through your archives, chances are there's not much in there that peaks your interest anymore. Part of the reason I started this blog is so I could look back over the years and see what was going on in my life. This is one of those posts. One of those posts that I'll look back on and appreciate.

2005 has been a pretty good year so far. This is largely in part to the fact that I don't work from home anymore, and therefore get some interaction other Java junkies. Another thing that's made it really nice is riding to work. I've ridden my bike to work every day since I started doing it. My goal is to ride everyday but those when it's raining in the morning, or when I have one of those "Oh shit!" mornings and I'm late for a meeting. I think I can ride all but 5 days this year. The past couple of weeks, it's been pretty cold (20-30°F), but it's actually been quite nice. It's a lot like skiing - you just have to dress for it.

Another reason I've been enjoying myself a lot is b/c I haven't been working on the weekends or late nights. I've been sleeping in, going to bed before midnight, and having a good time with Jack and Abbie. Last weekend, Abbie I went to Ocean Journey and the Colorado Crush game. Apparently she had a good time b/c when I asked her if she was excited about the DU Hockey Game this weekend, she said "Football!". Looks like we might be going again.

Jack is growing up fast and is already in 9-month outfits and he's only 5 months old. Since Holly moved in, he's been "Happy Jack", which is nice considering he cried 12 hours/day for the first couple of months. He's smiling a lot, squirming like a madman and even rolled over a couple of days ago. Before we know it, he'll probably be crawling and chasing after his big sister.

Last, but not least, I'm learning that I need to take advantage of my contracter status more. Today I took the day off to work on Spring Live. I hope to start doing it more often, as well as taking days off to work on AppFuse. My strategy for that is: go in early and work 4 10-hour days per week. If I'm in the office by 6, I can be home by 6 and hardly anyone notices.

Speaking of AppFuse, it continues to be popular and has the most mail traffic on java.net. While that's great, it's tough to keep up with the mailing list. I've started to not reply b/c I need to get other things done. The last two weeks of this month, I plan on pumping out new AppFuse and Equinox releases, so I'll likely get back into it then. Developing open-source projects is a lot of work, but it's a nice way to show clients your knowledge.

That's pretty much it. Julie continues to be the woman of my dreams and it's awesome living in a new/big house in the heart of Denver. I don't know how much I'll update this blog in the next few weeks - sometimes it's just better to quit e-mailing and blogging and get some work done. ;-)

Posted in General at Feb 08 2005, 12:56:12 PM MST 2 Comments
Comments:

Right on...Most blogs are well boring....Thanks again for AppFuse. I know it had to be a mountain of work and a signifigant part of your time. It is a great resource to the J2EE community. -dh

Posted by Daniel Honig on February 08, 2005 at 04:33 PM MST #

I really wish more companies would offer 4/10 to their contractors and even their employees as well. I had the opportunity to do that on one contract and I loved it. Like you, I would head to the office early, which is great because the first two to three hours are completely slient and you can really focus on getting work done, which boosts your morale throughout day because you feel like you've gotten so much done by 9 or 10. You can use the extra day for errands and also to blog, read books and keep up on the lastest and greatest, which we all know is a never ending battle. Or just take advantage of a three day weekend to travel, go skiiing, etc.

I think utimately this would make people more productive as you have quiet time in the morning combined with not being preoccupied with things you need to get done outside the office. The only disadvantage I see with this is that alot of people need to be home in the morning and back home by 5 because of their kids. I guess being single and "unchildrened" does have it's advantages.

Posted by Keller on February 10, 2005 at 06:51 AM MST #

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