Keeping the faith

By James at May 05, 2009 05:41
Filed Under: Life in General

Having faith when life is going well is easy. Keeping that faith when its not a bed of roses is hard. However it’s the difficult times which shape us, hone our character and make us who we are.

For me, this past month has been one of those difficult times. Laid off at the end of March, going through the ups and downs of finding a job, offers changed at the last minute, sitting across from IT managers who could be my son, answering esoteric programming questions, dealing with lost paperwork at the unemployment office, being tested in various situations, and, battling to keep the faith in both myself and the Universe.

I am happy to say, it has all paid off. I have come through this period stronger, smarter, humbled, blessed, and most importantly, employed.

Say hello to the new Senior .NET Developer for I will be handling new development and will be working with a team to build even better energy management systems which EnerPath is famous for. The company is cool, everyone is happy, laid back, and insanely intelligent. Some of my new co-workers are members of the IEDOTNETUG. And best of all…wait for it… the office is 15 minutes away from my house. It is close enough, I could ride my bike to work – well, ahem, after some conditioning time.

I start tomorrow.

Thanks to all my friends who got me through this.

Sloane, Erin and Kevin at Job Spring Partners, who worked with me to find what it was I wanted, taught an old guy how to interview, and did not treat me like just another commodity. If you need a job, or want to test the waters, call these guys. Seriously.

Geoff, David, Lynn, Matt, and Mike who made sure I wasn’t curled up in a ball eating ice cream, but was keeping busy and upbeat.

Volkan, Cigdem, and Rich who worked their butts off making sure I was ready for whatever interview question came my way, and being there on a moments notice when I needed a hand.

And most of all to Carmina, who not once showed an ounce of doubt in her eyes (even though I knew it was chewing her up inside). She is my consejero, my friend, my sounding board, my partner, my wife. Usted es la luz de mi vida. va a querer para siempre.

Time for a haircut.


Comments (9) -

5/5/2009 6:21:29 AM #

Paul Chu

Hi James,

Congratulations ! Tough story. It's a rocky road for many of us !
So nice to see such stellar support from your posse err... "Home Boys(Gals)".

All the best in this excellent adventure !

Time to go shopping for bikes ? Smile

Regards, Paul

Paul Chu | Reply

5/5/2009 6:37:33 AM #


Great news James, and just around the corner from home ... awesome!

Best of luck with the new role.

Rachel | Reply

5/5/2009 6:54:15 AM #

John Bredehoft

Congratulations! I've known a lot of talented people who have been laid off over the last few months. It's good to see that some of them are getting hired back.

John Bredehoft | Reply

5/5/2009 8:43:18 AM #

Josh Highland

Congrats James! I'm glad to hear that things are coming back around for you. You are a talented guy and I'm sure that will be happy they hired you. Keep us updated on the new job.

Josh Highland | Reply

5/5/2009 9:49:33 AM #

Sean Dillingham

Congratulations James!! I had my fingers that EnerPath would work out. It sounds like a company with a great mission, great people, and you can't beat the commute!

So when will you and Camina be coming over to our place to celebrate? Wink

Sean Dillingham | Reply

5/5/2009 3:11:29 PM #


Congrats! Glad your all dialed!

Robert | Reply

5/7/2009 2:27:14 AM #


Congrats James,
enjoy your new job , stell's coffee shop is very close to your new office, and a great place to drink coffee at lunch time ;)

Volkan | Reply

5/8/2009 12:56:43 PM #

Kirk B.

James -

Thanks for sharing your adventure.  I certainly thought that it was just a matter of time (and apparently a lot of preparation).  EnerPath seems like a cool company to work for.

- See you at the next meeting

Kirk B. | Reply

5/14/2009 2:37:21 AM #


Congrats on the new cool job! It's good to hear that all good things are coming back to you. Anyway, just like what Paul said, "All the best in this excellent adventure", isn't it? Smile

CJ | Reply

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James James is a five time and current Microsoft MVP in Client App Development, a Telerik Insider, a past Director on the INETA North America Board, a husband and dad, and has been developing software since the early days of Laser Discs and HyperCard stacks. As the Founder and President of the Inland Empire .NET User's Group, he has fondly watched it grow from a twice-a-month, early Saturday morning group of five in 2003, to a robust and rambunctious gathering of all types and sizes of .NET developers.

James loves to dig deep into the latest cutting edge technologies - sometimes with spectacular disasters - and spread the word about the latest and greatest bits, getting people excited about developing web sites and applications on the .NET platform, and using the best tools for the job. He tries to blog as often as he can, but usually gets distracted by EF, LINQ, MVC, ASP, SQL, XML, and most other types of acronyms. To keep calm James plays a mean Djembe and tries to practice his violin. You can follow him on twitter at @latringo.

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