Like the journeymen of old, I have packed up my tools and traveled far from home to practice my craft. Unlike the journeymen of old, I can go home every weekend.
So, I have a new cube, a new team, and a room at the nearby Extended Stay America. As I get settled, I'll write more on a few subjects familiar to the thousands of other software developers who find themselves in similar circumstances:
- Work/Life balance when your life is there, you're here, and you bill by the hour (i.e., the importance of finding a good brewpub);
- Why East Bumble pays better than Chicago or New York;
- Agile software development on two cups of coffee a day; and
- How to feel peaceful at O'Hare first thing Monday morning.
At this precise moment, however, I need to obtain a Brita pitcher and a clock with a radio (do I really want to have to futz with streaming audio just to hear Morning Edition?) from the local Target. Then, I'm off to find a brewpub.