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2001 - Year In Review

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I did one of these last year too. But here's this years':

January: Bungo and I came back in mid-January from an almost month-long trip to Japan, Taiwan and HK to meet Bungo's family. Our wedding plans had been on hold until we got back and we began to pick up with life where we left off.

February: I continued chugging away at work and started a LiveJournal for the wedding. xinit found it and told me about it.

March through June was pretty much spent working and doing wedding stuff at every spare moment. It's all a blur now, with happies and nasties peppered throughout.

July: I got married in early July. Then, I was laid off in late July. This came at a really bad time. The wedding had just stomped me flat, financially, and I was looking forward to burying myself in work to recover from destitution. I was laid off on a Monday (which REALLY screwed me over for certain calculations) and at first, I was still thinking that I would be able to get a job within the week.

August: Still sort of in denial about being unemployed, I kept getting up at the same time Bungo and I used to when I was still working. I'd see him off, then go downstairs and try to do something with Heretic (my Linux box). I found a job hunting seminar thing. It was free, so I decided to go just to get feedback on my resume and generally see what they had to say. It wasn't anything I didn't know already, but it got me up and out of the house at an hour that approximated work. I felt I needed that.

Bungo also had to step on the gas with his Game Boy Advance title - as if doing a 9 month project in 4 months isn't fucked up enough, the wedding planning slowed him down. The only way I got to see him at all was to bring our dinners in two tupperware containers and dine by monitor glare with him.

September was awful. 9/11 was a much needed wakeup call, but still.

By September, I started to get more and more disheartened at not being able to find a job. The only job hunting stress I've EVER known, before this year, was over which offer to choose and justifying it to myself. I used to have good job offers handed to me on a silver plate. Hi-tech has become a totally different world in the last year and a half.

October: I tried to be amazing off the starting blocks at my new job. Bungo used to work with this company in its last incarnation, so a good portion of the company knew Bungo. I think Tag Team Software Development will be our Official Family Joke.

November: Work. Work. Worketty-work.

And I started reading the Harry Potter books. Just to see what all the fuss was about (for nitpicking and slagging rights, y'know =). I found an incredible story.

December: Busted ass three or four times for a Release Candidate. Every time, it was either delayed or feature creeped. S'okay, I log my hours.

Oh, and sometime this year, I also proved my own hypothesis that I have a bad reaction to chocolate. So, I don't eat chocolate anymore. Eh, it's not as bad as it sounds. Considering that chocolate now causes me pain, I don't miss it.

*sing-song* ... and that'll briiiiiiiiiing uuuuuuuuuus baaaaaaaaaack toooooooooo DO! Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-DO-so-DO!   _/~ _/~


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xinit
Jan. 2nd, 2002 06:22 pm (UTC)
Picking up on trivia in your post - what's Bungo's GBA title? Always looking for interesting new games to pick up for the graveyard shift.
bride
Jan. 2nd, 2002 06:26 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's released yet. Lemme ask...
xinit
Jan. 2nd, 2002 06:27 pm (UTC)
Re:
Hey, I'm willing to take advance copies or be put on the beta test list ;)
bride
Jan. 2nd, 2002 09:11 pm (UTC)
Doug's Big Adventure
It's actually released and in stores already... I must've had it mixed up with something else.
mofo_x
Jan. 2nd, 2002 08:58 pm (UTC)
What company does Bungo work for? It can't be EA cause we aren't doing any GBA titles (that I know of). Radical or Black Box perhaps?
bellacrow
Jan. 2nd, 2002 11:25 pm (UTC)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/01/02 /BU7692.DTL&type=tech

Is anything like this happening in your area?
bride
Jan. 3rd, 2002 09:48 am (UTC)
To some degree, I guess. It doesn't have the fervor of a "Reverse Gold Rush" though, and the people who tend to go to start new business ventures are executives and more senior techies. I do know of friends going back to Taiwan and Hong Kong for non-executive and junior to intermediate positions.
badkarma_05
Jan. 3rd, 2002 04:54 am (UTC)
I'm just going to sum up my year here...

2001 - 2002: Played Team Fortress.
bride
Jan. 3rd, 2002 10:26 am (UTC)
Oh, c'mon, you can do better than that =)
ordinary
Jan. 3rd, 2002 08:43 pm (UTC)
i love year in reviews because they tell so much about one person in a single post :)
bride
Jan. 4th, 2002 12:12 am (UTC)
Heh, it just occurred to me that if I didn't get married and didn't get laid off this year, my whole year would have been just a work blur.
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