Today is my 12 year anniversary at my company. That’s right, twelve years ago today was my very first day, and I can remember parts of it as though it were yesterday, which is kind of scary. In those 12 years, I have had exactly 3 offices, which is probably some kind of record since people seem to trade offices like stamps here. My first office I had for exactly 4 days, while my second office was being painted. I had my second office for about 8 years. I got my third office when I transferred from Santa Monica to Washington, D.C.

If you imagine that I started at my job when I entered the first grade, then today I would be about to enter my first day in college. It’s weird to think that I have been here that long. I have lost count of the number of people that have come and gone during that time. There are a handful of people that are still around: Beth and Jim and Michael and Sue and Cyndie and Ron. Some of them have been here longer than me. Some of them have been here longer than I have been alive.

There are some things that have gotten better in 12 years. My very first computer was a 386 with 16 MB of RAM and a 30 MB hard drive. My current laptop has 2 GB of RAM and an 80 GB hard drive. Other things are not quite as good. When I started we used an entirely UNIX-based email system based on mh mail. In the years since we have adopted Microsoft Exchange, which is a big step backwards.

In twelve years, my salary at my company has more than tripled, which I guess is a good thing, even considering inflation. The amount of vacation time I get each year, however, has stayed the same: 4 weeks. Four weeks was almost unheard of in 1994. I imagine more companies are giving more vacation time now and 4 weeks may not be as attractive as it was back then.

I am spending my anniversary here in our Pittsburgh office, doing a training session for a project that I am not even directly involved in. Someone was needed to train and no one has time to do the training. I am doing it because of all of the people who don’t have time, I am the only one who knows the product and who has trained on it before.

Happy anniversary to me!