Today is the day I’ve been dreading for 3 or 4 weeks; today I have to give two weeks notice to my present employer that I’m leaving to accept another job. For those of you – which is probably most of you – who do not know, I’ve been employed for the past 3 months as a part-time programmer. I’s been 2 or 3 days a week at a bit above minimum wage; not enough to make a living off of it but enough to pay one or two nagging bills. In exchange, I’ve had the opportunity to write code – my first love – again.

I’ve been offered a position at UVA for the next 10 months as a contractor. There is some possibility that the contract will be extended but I am not going to hold my breath. This is, however, an opportunity to whittle down the debt that builds up when you’ve been out of work for three of the past four years.

The sweet sorrow comes from the fact that I’ve enjoyed working for this small firm. The business runs on a shoe-string and there is no guarantee that this part-time position will still be there 5 months from now. All the same, this position came along when I really needed some work and the people there have been good to me. All things considered, I’m going to miss them.

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