After I left the power plant and went to work for Dell on August 20, 2001, I wrote letters back to my friends at the plant letting them know how things were going. This is the eighty third letter I wrote. Keep in mind that at the time when I originally penned this letter I didn’t intend on it being posted online.
9/2/03 – Dell Programmer in Training
Dear Sooner Plantonians,
I hope everything is going well with you guys. I was in training last week in Kansas City, and this week I’m in Dallas for the rest of the week. My manager told me that he never saw one person have as much training as I have had in the past 7 months. Let’s see. Just to give you an idea, here is a list of the training I have had since February:
Last night marked the beginning of an auspicious new chapter in my 11 year-old son’s life: Day One on my, I mean his, journey to becoming a rockstar. (Note to self: Remember to tag this blog post with #helicopterparenting.) After years of dinner table cajoling and backseat threats, I finally pulled the trigger and signed Everett up for piano lessons. It’s ridiculous that this has taken so long to come to fruition. The music school is well-respected in these parts, and we know many families who swear by it. More importantly, a 5-minute walk from our house delivers the student right into the studio. Maybe less than 5 minutes, actually.
Though the walk felt more like an hour last night. Because I spent the entire time engaged in an exhausting mental wrestling match with Everett as he struggled to shake free of this new obligation. I had successfully entrapped him…