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Big Life Update: Work and Health 
26th-Dec-2010 09:55 pm
White Mage - Drawn by Mahrkale
I've been kinda quiet here for the last month or so, and that's because, after my workplace got a visit from the FBI(!!) a few months back, I decided that was a sign it was time to move on. I had been there for 5 years (an eternity for a software engineer) and really felt like I was outgrowing the position. I wanted to move up in my career and into a position with more responsibility. So I spent a few weeks in November quietly doing job interviews, eventually found an employer that was a good fit, received an offer, and started work for them 2 weeks ago.

The new position has me working as the senior most engineer with a startup in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to actual programming, I also play the part of the sysadmin and get to be a one-man NOC. It's a big step up in responsibility, and with the corresponding pay raise I got at the new job, it's like a promotion of sorts. The company is still small, and only a month old, so I also have the chance to build something really cool as the company grows. It's the kind of challenge that attracted me to computer programming in the first place.

Yes, they're a Drupal shop, why do you ask? :-) Seriously, Drupal is a big piece of software, and I've learned even more about it in the last 2 weeks. This in turn means I do more neat things with the Drupal sites that I run. Everybody wins!

In health-related news, I finally got over to the Rothman Institute (which is like the Anthrocon of sports medicine) and got a diagnosis on my knee issues. And the diagnosis is: patellar tendinopathy, also known as chronic tendinitis. Here's my MRI:

It turns out that this wasn't brought on by exercise, but rather because the length of my patellar tendons are a few millimeters shorter than is normal. This predisposes me to issues with that tendon, and normally affects people when they get to be around my age. The rest of the knees are "perfectly healthy" according to my knee doctor, and this particular injury is treated with physical therapy. This would be different from the physical therapy I had in the spring, in terms of what muscles are exercised.

I asked the doctor if chondromalacia had anything to do with this. He explained to me that my problems were never chondromalacia. The previous issues I had were just warning signs of this. So I see more physical therapy in my future, and hopefully I can get the knees back to normal.
27th-Dec-2010 03:16 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great change for the better. I'm happy for you!

I was at the same company for 14 years. If 5 years was an eternity for a software engineer, think about what 14 years would imply. I probably shouldn't have stayed on until they forced me out, but it was part inertia and part waiting to see what would actually happen after the last management change.
27th-Dec-2010 03:36 am (UTC)

Aside from that visit from guys with guns, the other thing that made me want to leave was the fact that despite getting "excellent" performance evaluations, I was still doing the same things. There just wasn't any opportunity to move up the career ladder, get more responsibility, etc.

That's the curse of working in IT, the only way to get promotions is to change jobs.
27th-Dec-2010 04:04 am (UTC)
"Mister Anderson... it seems you have been living... Two lives. In one you're a mild mannered software engineer.. the other... is lived in Furry Conventions..."
27th-Dec-2010 04:08 am (UTC)

One of these lives has a future. The other... has really bitchin' fursuits.
27th-Dec-2010 04:49 am (UTC)
I'm still giggling at times over the unintentional "Very Small Boy" / Elevators mashup a few years back.
27th-Dec-2010 06:40 am (UTC)
Hey, at least the FBI never turned up to Anthrocon (at least, not that I heard).
27th-Dec-2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
You know what they say about guys with short tendons...
29th-Dec-2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
I think his tendons are his cheetah parts. Obviously inferior.
28th-Dec-2010 05:34 am (UTC)
Yay for the job change, and cautious optimism on the knee.

Going to Chicago Drupalcon?
28th-Dec-2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
I don't currently have any plans to. This is due in part to plans for the next few months at the new job.
29th-Dec-2010 12:31 am (UTC) - brb fbi
Glad to hear work's going well for you.
29th-Dec-2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Best of fortune with the work being all you hope it might be and more. And I really hope the current PT regimen is exactly right and makes you all better.
9th-Jan-2011 01:17 am (UTC)
I hope the knee does get back to normal for you - it's been a problem now for close to several years, right?

The change of job seems like a really positive change - one now with more responsibility, so that's good. I've had more responsibilities recently in mine as well, which has been a bonus, but that hasn't been met with a pay increase, but I'm fine with that.

How many other people you were directly working with are still working for the other company? It will be interesting to see a year or so from now, whether the company in question will still be around, or if the Feds will effectively run them into the ground from that bust. It must have been unnerving to say the least!

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