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20 Years

October 14th, 2016 (07:35 pm)
current location: KY16 8SX

Blocks signifying 20 years at InsightsOn the first of October, it was 20 years since I started work at Insights, and today I got my fourth block signifying a period of 5 years service.

When I started at Insights, I was the first developer through the door (I was joined by a colleague the next day) and the total number of direct employees of the business was smaller than the number of people in the department I’m in now. Now we’re a medium-sized international business, working with some very large businesses indeed, and all still heavily reliant on the software I’m involved in building.

Not counting founders (one of whom currently sits across the desk from me) there are a couple of people who’ve been with the business longer than me. In one case, 26 years! Still, 20 years seems like a long-ish time.

Yesterday I had lunch with other members of my team, and I have a couple of lunches with more senior people coming up in the next couple of months. I also have to decide what form I want to receive a gift in. (Thinks: I have a handy list of 28mm models I’d like…)

Whatever happens, what with having spent a relatively long time in further education, that’s more than half my working life spent at Insights – if I stay here until I retire, I’ll only earn another 3 blocks.

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Posted by: silverwhistle (silverwhistle)
Posted at: October 15th, 2016 10:39 am (UTC)
Notre Dame de Paris

I now realise that the 13 years I've lived here in the turret-flat is the longest I've lived at one address in my whole life. Yet it still feels temporary, more so than other places I've lived. I don't fit in anywhere, but least of all in cities like Glasgow or Hull (where I grew up). As the song says, "She didn't know how to live in a town that was rough". "Rough" is everything I hate and despise. At least where I am, I can pretend it's a separate university town that's been plonked down on the edge of the city. Old university towns/areas are my country: St Andrews, the Latin Quarter in Paris, Bologna, Trento...

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: October 16th, 2016 01:38 pm (UTC)

I still have a bit of that in Kingsbarns, after living here for 22 years (my longest address too); to some extent it's a place to stay rather than a home. And of course in 20 years at Insights there have been times when I've applied elsewhere, and none of those times have resulted in a change. At the moment I'm OK with that; but of course there have been times when I've really wanted things to work out differently. Some things just don't work out the way we would like.

What I would say is that I admire the way you stand up against your disappointment, maintain your character and interests, and keep adjusting to new challenges. The fact that some of that is driven by unwelcome necessity doesn't make it any less admirable. If anything, more so.

I'm glad there are some good bits and that they can act as some compensation for the bits that aren't so good. Hope the Alphonse Mucha exhibition is one of those things. (I'm specifically not saying anything about how to view the balance between good and bad - personally I hate being told that sort of thing, I don't think it helps, and I think you're the same on this - just that I hope the good bits continue to help, and that you continue to find new ones.)

Posted by: silverwhistle (silverwhistle)
Posted at: October 16th, 2016 07:00 pm (UTC)
Smiley Rosa

Thanks. The economic insecurity is hard; so is being made into a political football. I know you're still a Nat, so I won't say what I think of them. It's not very ladylike, anyway...

Don't know when I'll have time for the Mucha exhibition – though I see it's on until February. The temp exhibitions at least are generally still quite good in terms of curatorial level. The dumbing-down of the rest of the museum nauseates me, though. At the moment, I can't think further ahead than week to week, until I know what Dad's kidney situation is. He's having more tests on Wednesday at the Stone Clinic. Am hoping it is just stones, as those are fairly readily fixable, whereas cancer requires trickier stuff.

We're trying to find ways of keeping the women's Adult Autism group going. It's helped a lot, in terms of "finding my tribe". It's good to be among people with whom you don't need to explain having bizarre enthusiasms and being a bit strange. (Like WarSoc in the old days, but then, I think FRP gaming and fandoms in general have a high level of autistic-spectrum people...)

In terms of managing stress, I now recognise that, yes, it's OK to maintain an 'imaginative retreat' which I can populate with my favourite fandom characters & c, and where I can 'go' to regroup and refresh. It's also been interesting to recognise that some of my favourite characters have traits that would nowadays identify them as ASD: hence the attraction. We tend to gravitate to our own kind.

I wish I could afford to travel more, though I'm now finding Google Streetview helps in terms of enabling me to 'go back' to favourite places. I miss Paris desperately.

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: October 17th, 2016 05:59 am (UTC)

Best wishes for your Dad, and fingers crossed.

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