I agree with you completely on that last part. I've been at my current job for 8 years and I am accustomed to the cyclic nature of our software development cycles, quarterly releases, production rescues, the ebb and flow of the market...And because of that, I get to focus more on the people at work and the things I enjoy outside of any need to try and get ahead.
There is comfort in rituals and cycles. I worked as a computer support / helpdesk tech at a college before my current job, and one of many things I liked about that job was the flow of the seasons--the rhythm of school semesters, summer conferences, the new freshman every year, the student breaks when we'd scramble to upgrade computer labs and such while the campus was all but deserted.... Always new, always the same.
Err...that should be "freshmen." We had more than one, as a general rule.
Hmm... I am about to celebrate (?) my 10th year at giantsoftwarecorporationcoughcough and can't decide if I am comforted by the rituals or bored by them, or both. Having worked for an imploding startup in the 90's, though, I see your point-- the routine is better. It seems all technology and social 'progress' is just continually applied pressure for everything to constantly change, and for no one to get good at or commit to anything, so it might be a good time to give thanks for consistency where we can find it. I too have always thought "The Industrial City" was a little bit of a silly moniker for South SF. It would be more apt to call it The City of Coffee Shops, Vegetarian Cuisine, Failed Internet Startups and Gen X Music Snobs Who Can't Let Go Of Their Youth. Or something like that.
@Strikethru, I think they tried that name, but it wouldn't fit on the hillside
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