Sunday, March 3, 2019 – Soft Around the Edges

I wake from a dream in which I’m in a computer room talking about tape restores and my mind goes back. Way back.

And I’m thinking about VSAM clusters and JCL and VSE upgrades and, man, how I loved all of that stuff. Fast forward to migrations and PeopleCode and test plans, and the sheen was wearing off a little bit by then. It wasn’t quite the same, but it was still a whole heck of a lot of fun. Then data management and project plans and VPAS (I never quite recovered from that one) and deadlines and stress and stress and stress.

And I realize that five years ago today was my last official day as an employee of the company that was my life for a quarter century. My memories have gotten a little soft around the edges. I’m not sure I could still update a benefit program, and I’m darn sure I couldn’t write a COBOL program. I think I might be able to pull together a project plan, but I’m sure glad I don’t have to.

And I realize that most everyone reading this won’t have the faintest idea what it’s all about. Give it a few more years, and I probably won’t either. Meanwhile, it’s been fun looking back. Thanks for coming along with.

Word wrangler. Photo taker. I'm here early most mornings with one of my photos and a few words about life and those thin places where faith intersects.
2 comments
  1. That five years has gone really quickly it seems to me.

    1. In some ways it has, Juliana. In others it seems like a lifetime has passed by.

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