I haven’t really done a re-cap post before and this is my first one. It’s been a while since I posted and that’s only because of a fear of jinxing things and a lack of time. This post will catch you up and then I should be able to post more regularly from here on.
This year would have been my third AIDS/LifeCycle. This year my friend Everett decided he wanted to ride the ALC but hadn’t ridden a bike in many years. I helped Everett out and he got a bike and we trained together for a few months. Everett picked up riding again very fast and we had many morning rides before work. I was enthused because this is the second year I’ve helped a friend train for the the ALC an Everett was so into riding that it made me jones for riding again. Work changed (more later) and about half a week before ALC I had to make the choice to cancel going on the ride. I was really upset I had to cancel, but I knew that for my own personal benefit (long term goals and continued employment) it was the right decision to make. There are many more years to ride, so I will keep going and maybe I’ll ride again in the future.
Pixar is no stranger to success. This year Disney/Pixar will release the latest Pixar endevour, Wall•E (in theaters June 27, go see it!). At Pixar we get to see the movies as they are in progress. I feel really fortunate that we get to see the movies in that stage, before they’re ready for public consumption and still rough in parts. To be very honest when I saw Wall•E about a year before release I hated it. There were parts that I just didn’t agree with and I was wondering what Pixar was thinking. A couple of weeks ago the movie was completed and we had our company wrap party to see the movie and celebrate the fact that we we finished such a monumental task. I went in skeptical and came out loving the movie. In the intervening year all the right changes were made and the story got a lot better. It’s a great film that, as many animated films do, came together at the end. I love Wall•E and I can’t wait to see it on opening weekend.
While everyone thinks they’ll have the perfect job when they get to the penultimate place in their industry, sometimes that just doesn’t happen. I started at Pixar about two years ago. At the time I took a job as a QA Engineer. I did it because of the challenges of the job and the opportunity to work at Pixar. After two years at Pixar I realized that the QA position is not what I want to do in the long term. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work at Pixar and see the amazing process that is present there. As of July 2008 I will be leaving Pixar and transitioning to another Disney company, ImageMovers Digital. I will be entering IMD as a Sr. TD and there will be many challenges to working there and getting the first film out the door. Some people have questioned why I would leave Pixar, but in the end me being happy in my job and being able to contribute the most I can is what is important. I look forward to starting at IMD in July, it will be a great time. As always, life is moving. I will expound more as I can and I’ll really try to keep up to date here.