After five days of class, I learned something very important. I learned that commuting sucks the big wazoo.
I've mentioned before that I work from home. When my current employer purchased the startup I was working for, part of the deal was that we would get to work from home rather than going into the soul-sucking office. (I'm not kidding about the soul-sucking. Dementors lurk. (Gack, my first Harry Potter reference in this blog. Next up? Care Bears.))
Anyway, so because the class was in the office, which is in the heart of Silicon valley, I commuted all five days this week. The trip took an hour each way. That's 10 hours of my life that I'll never get back unless I finally put together that damn time machine. I keep meaning to get to that, but it takes sooooo long, and it's hard to justify spending all that time. So, those 10 hours are just gone.
Meanwhile, other work-related projects were heating up, my boss quit, and my wife was sick . This all made for a bizarre and taxing week.
I'm bummed that my boss quit. Our team at work is pretty close-knit. We all worked together at a startup for years before we were purchased by Internet Corporation X. Our boss did a great job of shielding us from the politics of upper management, while still protecting us admirably. After about 5 rounds of layoffs, our team was one of the only ones to remain unscathed. Plus, our boss had a very healthy respect for work-life balance. It was easy to explain that you needed to take a day of vacation because of a sick kid, or a hangover.
He's the second guy to quit our team in the last 2 months. I'll miss him too.
Class was pretty good. Although I hope to never eat off of the lunch truck again, it was nice to learn something new. It had been about a dozen years since an employer sent me to some sort of class. I'm sure I'll forget it all before I get a chance to utilize my knowledge, but at least I knew it at one time. That counts for something, right?