Apparently, The Implants ARE Removable ...

By Peter Drescher
October 31, 2009

A little over a year ago, I uprooted my life of practically 30 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and transplanted it to Seattle's Puget Sound (which, if you're an audio guy, has a nice ring to it). There are many things I like about the region, the greenery, the dog-friendliness, the real estate prices ... and some things I don't, like the driving habits, and the higher-than-California percentage of smokers.

But none of that really matters to me. I go where the work is, and at the time, relocation seemed like a good career move, given the acquisition of upstart Danger, Inc. by the mighty Microsoft corporation. And yet, almost immediately, though I'd moved north, things started to go south ...

I bought a house in Redmond, using my Danger stock buyout as down payment, and two days after I'd handed over the largest check I'd ever written in my life ... the bank failed (WAMU). Fortunately, everything worked out, and I'm writing this blog from that house, but still -- not exactly the most auspicious beginning.

This was followed by massive stock market fluctuations, a hiring freeze, layoffs, reorganizations, more layoffs, construction delays, extensive spin doctoring, and generally increased levels of chaos and stress. While it's been a rough year for everybody (everywhere), it seems to have been a particularly bumpy ride for the Danger recruits. We lost a lot of good people to cutbacks and attrition, and the number of Sidekick builders who still work at Microsoft has dwindled significantly ...

And so the time has come for me to move on as well. My last day is Halloween, which seems appropriate, as I signed my acquisition papers last year on April Fool's Day (see, it was a trick, after all! :) And while I'm OK with joining the ranks of ex-DangerSoft personnel (a group that includes some of the coolest folks I know), this isn't the first time I've been in this situation ...

See, I'm the kind of guy who throws himself completely into whatever he's doing. When I was in the circus, being a "doid" was my whole life. I then had to reinvent myself as a "road dog bluesman piano player" when I joined Joe Louis Walker and the Bosstalkers. When I got too old for that shit, I managed to reinvent myself again as a "multimedia audio guy", which morphed into my mobile device "annoying ringtone" persona, which was assimilated into the collective as "Audio Director @ Microsoft" (possibly the most unpredictable transformation of all).

And so now, looks like I'll be reinventing myself yet again. It'll be interesting to see what happens next ... stay tuned!

   - pdx

p.s. the title of this piece comes from a comment made by the inestimable Brian Schmidt (former Xbox Audio Architect) on my previous "I have been assimilated" posting, which was published last August, just before the move. I promise not to let such a long lapse occur again ...


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