You might think that leaving Hell was the best experience of my life.
Actually, I felt a lot better about escaping from FinancialCompany back in Year 8. Fact is, I was only in Hell for half a year before being returned to my homeworld. Half a year — even one as difficult as this one — just doesn’t leave as big an imprint as three.
Even though I had to leave, I felt conflicted. Part of me wanted to stay and tough it out — to continue to help Namager and his engineering team advance the product. I felt more than a little guilty about leaving them when I knew I could continue to be of use.
But when it’s not working out, it’s not working out, period. I couldn’t continue to work with Satan, and the hours were just too much. Plus, I was pretty excited about my next job, which is the best place I’ve worked, by far.
I’ll tell you all about it in Year 13 through Present, which will the final post in the series.
On the home-life side of things, I’ll mention that I saw less of my wife and family during this six month period than at any point since I moved from the west coast back to the east coast. All things considered, my wife was a pretty good sport about it all.
She told me later that the experience was sort of like watching a Greek play. You know it isn’t going to last all that long, it’ll contain three acts, and ultimately, it’ll end in tragedy.
Net Worth at Start (July 31 1, 2010): 543K
Net Worth at End (Jan 1, 2012) : 616K
- The S&P powered up 15% in just six months while bond funds dropped off a bit, netting total gain of about 48K.
- I saved 25K of post-tax money over the same term.
- No 401(k) contributions as my employer did not offer this benefit
- Got an awesome $250 Visa Gift card for 700 hours of overtime. Enjoy that amazing bonus bump, Net Worth!