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On March 9, it would have been 10 years ago when IONA acquired Watershed, the small startup that I was working at. Over the last 10 years, I’ve been involved in many projects, done a lot of new things, met a lot of really great people, and most had a pretty good time. There were rocky patches, of course, but all in all, it’s been an exciting adventure.

As they say, all good things must end. As of today, Progress has let me know they no longer need me. Thus, I’m now unemployed. This is really the first time since I was 15 that I’m either not in school or don’t have a job. Very strange feeling.

What does this mean for me? I don’t really know at this point. My knee-jerk reaction this morning was to start pinging all my contacts to get another job ASAP. The “oh my god, I’m unemployed!” panic attack. Luckily, I’ve cooled down a bit since then. I need to take a little time and figure out what options are out there, what I really want to do, and what fits me (and my family) best. I don’t yet know what that will be. At this point, I’m hoping I can find something that allows me to stay involved in the open source projects I really believe in and stay involved with Apache. But like I said, I need a little time to calm down and gather some thoughts.

I was chatting with a good friend this morning and he stated that he believed being laid off was the best thing that could have happened to me. Right now, I’m not sure I agree, but I’m definitely taking a “wait and see” approach.

To all of you in the Boston area, I’m suddenly free for lunch pretty much anytime. :-)