Fall is my favorite time of year. In part, it's because of the weather where I grew up: muggy Pennsylvania summer and late-summer thunderstorms give way to crisp mornings, sometimes-warmish afternoons, and cool evenings. The air smells of wood smoke and dried leaves, and the colors of the sky and the trees are fantastic.

Autumn weather is a bit less epic where I live now, but there's another, non-weather-related reason that I like this time of year: for me, it's a time of new starts. I know springtime is supposed to be the time when everything's renewed, but for me it's all about fall. I was one of those insufferably nerdy kids who actually looked forward to the start of school, from grade 1 through university: new books, new courses, new people (okay, maybe that last one is a bit of a stretch ;-)). That carried through to my so-called adult life as well: A lot of the biggest and best changes in the last decade or two (with two very notable exceptions) have also taken place at this time of year, including the starts of many of my jobs.

Hey look, I'm getting to the point after only two paragraphs! New record! This fall, I'm making another transition: Starting today, I begin the "on-boarding" process at Pythian, as a member of one of their ERP teams. In a way, it feels as much like starting school as it does a new job. This move represents my biggest career challenge to date, and I look forward to learning a ton (and contributing a ton) in the company of a lot of smart, talented people. Since I'm going to be packing my brain full of new things over the next 3 weeks, I expect that the only blog activity here will be from pre-scheduled posts, drafts that I'd been putting off finishing until recently. Once I'm up to speed on the new system, you'll hopefully be hearing more from me on the Pythian blog!

Man, this is exciting. I sure hope the big kids don't shove me in a locker or something. ;)


  1. Posted 12 September 2011 at 7:53 | Permalink

    Fall is epic; we grew up in the same place, so it's understandable that we agree on that. Fall also means football, so there's that too.

    Oddly, I share the same Fall == change pattern. Maybe there was something in the water back there. Anyway, great move for you, congrats.

  2. Posted 12 September 2011 at 18:35 | Permalink

    Thanks, Jake! I'm still trying to blot out the football aspect until the pain subsides a bit. To think I was initially glad that I could get the last game on my flight to Ottawa... :-P

  3. Posted 12 September 2011 at 21:41 | Permalink

    Unlike you 2 nerds, I grew up, mostly, in the southern belt of the US. Fall skipped us mostly. But I do love it...especially now that I live in the 4th ring of hell (in terms of heat and humidity anyway) and the "low" temperature is right around 80. Blugh.

    Anyway, congrats. Awesome move. I think you'll fit right in.

  4. Posted 13 September 2011 at 9:13 | Permalink

    Pretty cool - look forward to seeing how you grow / change as part of the Pythian team

  5. Posted 16 September 2011 at 18:40 | Permalink

    Thanks, Chet! Sorry about your weather. On the bright side, you need less closet space for bulky coats.

    Thanks, Jay, I'm looking forward to that, too. :-)

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