It's hard to believe it will soon be three years since I was separated from employment by my last employer. I suppose it goes without saying I miss a regular paycheck. I am grateful we've been able to get by with what Mrs. Metal Dad brings in and the modest pension upon which we've been able draw. I miss the daily interaction with some of the great folks with whom I worked. I miss the free coffee. One benefit has been a slight decrease in my caffeine consumption. I no longer drink coffee up to 5 or 6 PM. I usually switch to cold caffeine in the late morning until bed time.
Can't say I don't miss getting up early because I still do in order to help get TLoML ready for school and on the bus. Don't miss having to drive to the office in all kinds of weather. It was a monstrous 12 mile commute. Don't miss internecine office politics. Don't miss dreaming of SDLC data streams. Allow me to elaborate: In a previous life, I was working for a data communications company which was developing a communications product which would encapsulate asynchronous and bi-synchronous data within an SDLC data packet. This was a form of routing before anyone was doing routing. Unfortunately the company was IBM and SNA focused so it did not become as big as Cisco did with TCP/IP routing. I was part of a small group which was doing testing so a large part of my day for many months was spent watching data streams on a protocol analyzer. So much so that when I went to bed at night and closed my eyes I saw SDLC polling and would often dream of SDLC data streams.
I wish I could say I'm a better husband and father now that I am home. Unfortunately, I am still impatient, cranky, and selfish too many times through the day. I hope I get better before I become metaphysically challenged.