goodbye, ddc

The countdown is on. As of yesterday, I have ended my employment with DDC. I will spend most of the weekend packing and generally getting prepared for overseas travel, finally flying out to Paris, France on Monday afternoon. 3 days people!

My last (and, sadly, only) trip outside the US (not counting the time I walked into Mexico and drove into Canada) was during the winter of 1997 when my high school marching band visited London. It was a pretty hilarious trip that included my first foray into drunken revelry – and, to be quite honest, every foray since has just been an attempt at matching the sweet, sweet taste of that snake bite. Unfortunately, I was 16 and on a band trip, so I experienced the foreign offerings through quite a shielded perspective.

This time I shall be able to freely enjoy myself a little more (though how anything could top watching terrible concert bands from around the world with a bunch of bored teenagers remains to be seen)! I will, of course, be updating stanus.net as much as possible in France, but I’d like to discuss my last day as a Capitol Connect/PACweb programmer.

The entire day Friday was surreal. First, I woke up in my car in a random McDonald’s parking lot (the result of my last night out with my coworkers) … and if you don’t know that story you’ll have to ask me in person sometime. I drove back to my mom’s place at around 6 am and went back to sleep, making sure to call into work and leave a message saying I was late and would be in after lunch. On the way to work, my coworker Larry decided it would be best to meet up for lunch at Five Guys. I have never been able to turn down that delightful restaraunt, so we feasted and then I finally started my last day of work around 2pm.

My last assignment involved me sending out a blast email – in this case I was sending out an email to 62,000 employees of Susan B. Anthony (a pro-life organization). FUN! Unfortunately, a lot of back and forth with the client usually takes place with emails, and this one was no exception. I finally got the thing out, but it wasn’t until 7pm. Luckily, I hadn’t started work until 2ish, so it didn’t feel as though it was a long day. As I started to pack up my stuff and say my final goodbyes to all my coworkers Larry and Michelle broke out their cameras and took a million pictures. It was as if I were some celebrity and had the paparazzi on me!

Shaking people’s hands, looking them in the eye and saying “goodbye” should bring about some form of emotion, but all I could think about was how right it felt to be leaving a comfortable, but secondary life for the uncertainty of my primary goal. I think I can succeed on some level, but I must face the risk of defeat in order to find out! Hopefully many of my fellow DDCers will realize what it is they wish to truly do with their lives someday and experience the feelings of overwhelming freedom, inspiration, and completeness I am starting to receive. It’s worth it.


NUMBER OF SPAM COMMENTS: 3

(9/26/2007)

Comments:
  • Euey
    Monday, July 17th, 2006 at 13:15 | #1

    Boo ya!
    Enjoy the trip bud- not just to Paris & NYC but the trip in general.

  • Monday, July 17th, 2006 at 13:19 | #2

    I have never commented on your blog before so I must this time since my name was mentioned.

    First of all you are a celebrity to Larry and I, and when you make it big in the “Big Apple” and everyone wants a piece of you , Larry and I will have a lot of blackmail photos and we will be selling these said photos to the tabloid rags for a lot of green backs. And when we’re driving our fancy cars around, we’ll be thanking ya! muwahahaha!!
    Latah Chump! 😀

  • Monday, July 17th, 2006 at 13:20 | #3

    I have never commentted on your blog before so I must this time since my name was mentioned.

    First of all you are a celebrity to Larry and I, and when you make it big in the “Big Apple” and everyone wants a piece of you , Larry and I will have a lot of blackmail photos and we will be selling these said photos to the tabloid rags for a lot of green backs. And when we’re driving our fancy cars around, we’ll be thanking ya! muwahahaha!!
    Latah Chump! 😀

  • yo mama
    Monday, July 17th, 2006 at 13:20 | #4

    Damn it wouldn’t let me edit to make it funny! Your thing sucks! Sucky Suck de suck!

  • Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 at 13:21 | #5

    Untracked time and unsubmitted timesheets makes baby jesus cry =(

  • Michelle
    Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 at 13:22 | #6

    yeah slacker! FILL OUT YOUR TIMESHEET OR WE WILL SUFFER!

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