I’m sitting in a barren apartment, stealing wireless from one of my neighbors. The movers came by this morning, and put all of my stuff on a truck. I’m taking a break from cleaning up the place a bit, throwing away the piles of trash that were generated by the packing process, sweeping up, etc.

Tonight I’m having dinner with friends at Bay Wolf, and then I get on a plane tomorrow morning to start my new life. Freak me out.

Wednesday morning, I start looking for apartments – I’ve got an appointment with an apartment broker at 10am. Hopefully the apartment search only takes a couple days, then I can enjoy the weekend before starting work on Monday. Cross your fingers.

Packing took much much much longer than I expected. I’ve probably been dealing with logistics in some form or another for a solid 6-8 hours a day for the past two to three weeks. In some ways, it will be a relief to start working again, because then at least I’ll be “done” at the end of the day. Plus my job will be more interesting than packing boxes, getting rid of stuff, and sorting through responses to craigslist ads.

It is pretty satisfying to have gotten rid of a lot of stuff. I just hope it remains satisfying when I unpack at the other end and start realizing what I don’t have any more.

To keep this from just being a boring journal post, I’ll link to two posts over at Creating Passionate Users: How to be an Expert and Don’t Forget Square One. Kathy Sierra captures a lot of the ideas driving this particular uprooting of my life – I was never going to be more than a talented amateur at programming because I was not driven to continuously improve. And the move scares me senseless, but I think that’s good because it means I’ll be operating out of my comfort zone for the first time in several years. I don’t know if this is the right thing for me, but it will be good to find out either way. Anyway – read her stuff. She’s awesome.

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