“It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half of the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.”
— Herodotus (The Histories)
I chose that quote for my yearbook entry senior year (class of 77), and then missed photo day, so my quote wasn’t included. Whenever I hesitate because of fear, or because I haven’t figured out exactly what the best approach would be, I try to remember the wisdom of Herodotus. As Nike would say 2500 years later, “Just do it”.
My name’s Steve, and I’m a retired associate director of IT who can barely tolerate computers. I got a BS in Zoology from LSU, followed by a MS (concentrating in environmental physiology) at UGA. I moved from physiology into a research tech position in an entomology and molecular genetics lab. After a few years in that field I talked my way into the position of manager (and sole employee) of a flow cytometry laboratory, operated as a cost recovery service under the VP for Research. I learned an enormous amount, and loved the job and flow cytometry in general, but after about 8 years I found myself more and more interested in Linux.
Another jump into water over my head, and I was hired as a system administrator in our University’s central IT organization. I spent 15 years in that role, first as a UNIX team member, then as manager of the UNIX team, and finally as associate director in charge of both UNIX and Windows teams. My team of 15 to 18 managed over 200 servers for a user base of about 40k. I was on call 24×7, and even when I wasn’t the one doing the work, I was still up in the middle of the night coordinating with team members and reporting to higher administration. After too many nights waking at 2am, tossing and turning while worrying about work, and going to the ER with chest pain (clean bill of health after stress test and cardiac angiogram), when I finally had 30 years in the state retirement system I walked away.
You’re probably thinking, “if this is going to be another one of those whiny self-absorbed online diaries, I’ll pass”. And I know how you feel, I used to read several online journals (before the term “blog” was coined back in the late 90′s) and quickly tired of those with a “dear diary” feel. I’m not really sure what I’m going to focus on, but I started this blog to exercise my creative side, so it could be anything.
One thing I have discovered since I wrote the above (updated to reflect retirement) is that I’m not good about writing regularly. But I’ve recently (March 2018) decided to delete my Facebook account, so anything I would have shared there might be directed to this blog. It won’t be a good choice for those looking for a daily or weekly update, but perhaps over time it will be interesting reading. Subscribing is the best way to receive updates, so hit the button, and thanks for reading.