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First day of house hunting

En and I saw seven houses today… and now we’re just beat. The first two had the most promise of all of them. The first one is a duplex that might work nicely, and possibly provide a bit of rental income as well. But...

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Day One

One of the things that is often said in Amazon that it’s always “Day One.” The intent is to never forget that underlying it all, Amazon always wants to feel like a startup. Whether this is a good thing or a bad...

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T-0

T minus zero. As of now I no longer have a working Amazon badge and my work computer is back on my manager’s desk. I wrote yesterday that this is like a chapter of a book ending. As I think about it, this is more akin to...

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Change

Rolling from one team to another… Willy -> Shamu. (Our overarching team’s name is “Orca,” so the sub-teams are names after killer whales… (yes, I know they are not whales)) Change is always...

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Penultimate

Tomorrow is my last day at Amazon. It’s been nearly seven years since I first interviewed at Amazon, and today was the second-to-last day there. It’s been an adventure. I met a lot of great people. There were some...

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End of an era

An empty Viaduct Just graffiti… Friday was the last day of the SR-99 Viaduct in Seattle. Over the next three weeks it’ll be torn down and the new tunnel will be commisssioned. Thankfully, my last day at Amazon is on...

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Self Reliance

The gas fireplace in my living room has been acting up lately… when it gets hot it has developed the habit of turning off the gas for a few minutes before it turns back on as it was before. A few more data points: the...

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Luck?

I’ve had a lucky life. Whenever I needed something, the universe seems to have provided for me. But that got me thinking… am I lucky, or is something else afoot? Something I can say for certain is that I’ve had...

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HELOC: Signed

We signed the note for the Home Equity Line Of Credit today. Almost $330K on the line that we can use at the drop of a hat. (Well, they have to fund the credit line which takes three days, and another week to get the checkbook...

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