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.