It's 2:45AM and I have been on the road for nearly 11 hours. The car is
packed to and on the roof and the dogs are sleeping with one eye open. The
little sign finally appears and I brake as the turn-off approaches. 10
miles of dirt road leads us up the mountain and welcomes us a jolt. The
other eye opens and the scramble for poll position on the front passenger seat
takes place. In their eyes, they both have the best spot.
I quickly accelerate to reach that certain speed where the suspension and the
ruts in the road form a sought of "eye of the storm" affect. Too fast or
slow and it shakes like a Las Vegas motel bed on a wedding night.
A wallaby enters the edge of the high beam then quickly vanishes. I
ease off a bit. The dark line ahead slowly turns into a log? Goanna!
Breaks hard. Both dogs hit there heads on the dash and as the speed drops
I start to turn slightly away from the reptile. It doesn't move.
They rarely do. This one is about 6 feet long from head to tail and looks
pretty proud of himself as I pass him. Awesome animals and worth the lump
on the dogs head, some lost rubber and a ride on the 'Vegas express. The
rest of the way is fairly uneventful, another wallaby and kangaroo stare
mesmerised but stay still on the edge of the road. Finally we reach the plateau
where the road is a bit better and the first crops appear. Stone fruit on
the left and right are covered with netting to protect against the flying
threats. Macadamia, mangoes and grazing land the rest of the way home.
I've worked in every state in Australia in the last 12 years except Tasmania
(I haven't been there) and South Australia. But my excuse for SA is that
it has the best surf beach in the country and <CENSORED>..... The last gig
was 18 months in the nation's capital and while it was a fantastic job, I was
still 1000km from home.
The dogs leapt out, I won't see them for a while, and I try and wake up
muscles that went to sleep half a day ago.
The dream has always been to work from home. Later on when the
macadamia trees are bigger, that might be possible. But agriculture is
probably the riskiest game in town, but IT and "work from home" just go
The people I had worked with and the friends I have made over the years,
provided an opportunity that gives me at least 6 months work from home.
Its the biggest solo project I have tackled to date and will be a challenge of
all my skills.
A SmartClient application built from the ground up including the data model
and its implementation. Its like a cacophony of techno
babble.....NET 1.1 framework (C#), SQL Server and MSDE as the DBMS, Windows
Forms and ASP.NET implementations, Web Services blah blah blah... Notice a
theme here? Microsoft.
If you know me, I am not a MS fan boy, but most of my development life has
been in MS products. So I finally coughed up and registered as a partner
then joined the EMPOWER program to get the MSDN Universal cheaply. If all
goes well, we might have a chance at shrink wrapping it...
I have been well and truly "Borged", but at the moment I am not resisting for
I AM HOME.
| posted on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 1:03 PM