The year 2019 was a punch in the gut. It was a year which saw the passing of my Dad, who was 94 (or 92, whichever record you believe in). Dad was a paper son, so who knows when he was really born. It doesn’t matter at this point … all that matters is he led a good life, and both he, and my mom, raised 3 excellent kids (myself included). We had to spend couple of months, going back and forth from the Bay Area to LA for visits, until eventually he died of complications. That was a really rough way to start the year.
Meanwhile, at work, I was punched in the gut again. This time, my group suffered by having it downsized .. in other words, lay offs. We had a staff of 5, and now it’s 2 .. and we morphed into another group. We had 3 in California, but now it’s just me. This is a big change, and instead of having a group, I know work like a remote person. Now I know how hard it is to be working remotely (even though we are kind of corporate headquarters).
Oh, this new group we morphed into … I have to train myself on a new product, and since I am the lead on my own product, I didn’t have the luxury to fly out for hands on training .. so I had to learn from videos and powerpoint slides. This is extremely difficult, when you have a product that is extremely complex. I don’t know how this will turn out for me … all I can say is, I seem to have respect from others in the company … I mean, I did spend 21 years of my life with this place.
This also means that I am on call every other weekend, because of the short staff, and the challenges of getting everyone up to speed, limits my flexibility with weekends off. That also means I don’t get to go biking as much, and training for those long doubles are suffering. I actually had to cancel two events, because of the on call rotation. I just hope it gets better in 2020. I’m not ready to look for another job yet, but I just hope the situation improves (not just from a work perspective, but from my own personal livelihood).
Despite not having time to train, I have decided to sign up for another double .. Solvang Double, in the 3rd week of March. I will strive for this, and it will force me to squeeze whatever time I have to train (even if it means spending 3 hours riding in the dark till 11 pm then sleep. I just need to do this.
Anyhow, here’s to a happy 2020, and let’s see what that brings us. And I don’t even want to talk politics at all .. too depressing.