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.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  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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