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An Amusing New Chapter of My Career

My New Office

Starting next week, that’s the first week of April, this will be my new office. Well, not really, but I’ll be working for the company that hosts this coaster, Six Flags. I’ll be overseeing all the SQL Server stuff for the entire organization. That means the back office stuff, plus what it takes to run all 19 parks. This will offer an interesting set of challenges that I haven’t had to face before. One example isĀ up-time. During the day, availability must be 100% as many times we won’t get a second chance to work with a customer. They’ve gone home, which could be in a different state. Even though we must be up 100% of the time the park is open, the parks don’t usually stay open 24 hours which helps with maintenance windows.

This will be an exciting change of pace for me and working with an organization whose purpose is to entertain and amuse. I look forward to what this change will bring. Also, if I ever have a stressful day, I can go to the park that is nearby and ride a coaster to chill out. I’m sure I’ll be taking advantage of this a lot.

Changing Jobs & Moving

For the last year, I have been working for an Accounts Payable auditing firm in Charleston, SC. The work was good and so was the pay. Since I graduated college 6 years ago, I had been wanting to specialize in database work, but all I kept finding were generalist positions. This month I got offered an opportunity to be a real, full-time DBA for a large retail chain in Dallas, TX.

My wife and I enjoyed Charleston for the beach, scenery, and food. This was at the expense of a two day drive or plane ticket to get home to see family. The lack of seeing family has really worn on us and we’re ready to get closer to home. Being offered a job that’s only 3 hours from home and getting to focus on one specific technical area was too good to pass up.

I look forward to visiting all the community groups in the Dallas area starting November 1st (maybe earlier). Unfortunately, this confirms that I will not be attending the PASS summit this year, bummer.

If you would like to take my former position, email