Back in May, I started this blog after several failed attempts using a variety of blogging engines and web sites. This marks my 100th blog post!
Granted, a lot of my posts do not contain a lot of original material. Those posts help keep my blog alive, however. If I only posted when I had something original to contribute, this blog would become just another dead blog in a long line of dead blogs. But I hope you find some value in the posts I make, original and otherwise.
Anyway, I thought I would use this particular post to publicly thank a few of the people who have helped my career, directly and indirectly. I'm intentionally not including family members (I couldn't possibly do them justice in a blog post) or anyone in my current organization (because it's review time and I don't want to sound like suck-up).
"Gratitude among friends is like credit among tradesmen: it keeps business up, and maintains commerce. And we pay not because it is just to discharge our debts, but that we might the more easily find lenders on another occasion." - François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld
Richard Bailey - for encouraging me to leave what had become a dead-end career to pursue a career in the software industry. After years of urging, I finally listened. Both Richard and his wife Rhonda have helped me obtain a number of jobs, including the one that brought me to Redmond. I've known Richard since high school when we used to hack around on the Apple II+'s at school and his TRS-80. Richard is currently a developer on Forza Motorsport, a new XBOX game that'll ship later this year.
Charles Carroll - for showing me the true meaning of community. Charles created ActiveServerPages.com in the days of ASP 1.0, which later became LearnASP.com. He included me in the founding of the ASPAlliance in spite of my limited ASP background at the time. ASPFriends, an online community that Charles established and funded, contributed to the success of ASP and ASP.NET. While Charles has more than his fair share of detractors, nobody can say that he is not generous to a fault. People either love him or hate him. Few people can evoke such emotion.
Rodney Hill - for taking a chance and hiring me as a Programming Writer despite my limited experience as a technical writer at the time. When I interviewed with Rodney over five years ago, I also interviewed for a similar position on the Office team. Thankfully, Rodney saw something in me they didn't, because they turned me down.
John "Mac" Macmaster - for teaching me to skydive and subsequently teaching me more about risk mitigation than any book or class on the subject. Above all else, he taught me how to conquer the enemy within. For some people, that only comes after years of therapy. I guarantee this way was more fun.