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Work Update

I recently finished work on the last significant product launch of my career.  The 8 month project almost came to a screeching halt four days before the go live date.  It was discovered the product could not be sold in Russia due to regulatory issues.  Oddly, this happened shortly after tensions increased between Russia and the United States.  It a strange coincidence.  Previous product launches never had any regulatory issues in Russia.  The product was globally launched except in Russia.  Two months later the product is still barred from sale in Russia.

I’ve moved on to a new cloud project with much less visibility, scope and importance.  I also picked up a few small projects to help fill my time.  I’m fine with this.  I’ve made my mark and it’s time to wind down and gracefully exit my career.  At the most, I have less than 18 months left to work.

Yesterday, I was asked by a company employee to cover up a major issue with one of the projects I’ve been working on.  I’ve known and worked with this woman for almost 30 years.  I was shocked and disappointed in her behavior and apparent loss of ethics.

The issue could only be kept secret for a limited time as data collected on the project would eventually expose the problem.  The woman was hoping to have the issue fixed before anyone would notice.

I refused to go along with her scheme.  Even though my career is nearing its end, I wasn’t going to participate in a cover up which would forever damage my reputation and provide probable cause for cancelling my contract.  The woman was not happy.

The woman has refused to communicate with me today.  Oddly, the issue is not the woman’s fault but does fall under the responsibility of her business unit.  Its root cause is incorrectly written code by a third-party offshore software engineer.  The engineer will eventually be blamed, but not the woman.

This is the first time in my long career I’ve been directly asked to participate in a scheme which clearly violates the code of business conduct.  I find the woman’s behavior appalling and morally bankrupt.  I’m also demoralized by the thought that this woman would actually think I would cooperate with her.   

I can’t help but wonder if the destruction of the rule of law in the United States, along with the present day attitude that anyone can do whatever they want without penalization, has influenced this woman’s behavior.  I’ve lost all respect for this woman.  I know we hold opposing political views but I always respected her professional skills and abilities.  That respect is forever lost.

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Quid Pro Quo?

One of my neighbors has been nominated to be the next ambassador to two European countries.  I’m sure the private fundraiser held at their house in 2019 had nothing to do with the nomination.

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1% Looking For Change

Just as the final phase of landscaping for the gay guy’s estate is nearing completion, a new project across the street from their spread is expected to start any day.  The neighborhood has endured at least six years of construction and renovation on the guy’s 33,000 sq. ft. historic mansion which sits on more than six acres of land.  The street was a constant sea of construction vehicles during the week.  That trend will continue as a couple has purchased a 4,400 sq. ft. mid-century ranch home on almost 1.25 acres with the intention of scraping and rebuilding.  The existing house will be replaced by a 14,000 sq. ft. house with underground parking for eight cars along with a pool.  A guest house of undetermined size will also be built.  The project is expected to take 18 months to complete.  The new owners placed a Biden/Harris sign in the yard a few weeks ago.  They may be 1% but they clearly are looking for change.

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People Are Pissed

Think about all the corporations who did stock buy backs in the last few years to boost their stock prices which made their stock holders richer. For example, American Airlines spent $12 billion on stock buy backs since 2014. Now, American, and other airlines, claim they need a government bailout to survive. Think about the recent tax cuts instituted by the current administration which mainly benefited big business and the rich. There is talk of the government sending $1,000 checks to tax payers. A $1,000 check is not enough to help most people. Tax breaks need to be given to middle and low-income wage earners and raised on corporations and the ultra-wealthy. People are pissed. Do I see a guillotine being built?

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As Seen In Denver

I saw this sign in southeast Denver which is probably a more liberal section of town.

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6 Bedrooms, 9.5 Bathroooms

I received my art museum membership renewal in the mail last week. The envelope also contained the renewal for one of the men running for governor in Colorado. There are four men running, but only two are running substantial media campaigns. Curiosity got the best of me so I googled the address. The man resides in Mike’s neighborhood in a 6 bedroom, 9.5 bath home. The house is not architecturally interesting. It’s your standard two-story stucco McMansion with a four car garage. He may be Mike’s neighbor but he didn’t get my vote. I voted for the gay democrat. Imagine that!

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Signs Of Change


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I’m Marching

I’ll be attending Denver’s March For Our Lives this afternoon. The march starts at 2 and wraps up a 5. I’m meeting friends and coworkers at the March after attending an art workshop at Mai Wyn’s gallery. It should be an epic afternoon. I’m sure I’ll tear up a few times.

I’ve written before about protesting with Act-Up in the 1980s. Silence = Death was used to focus attention on the AIDS crisis. The same slogan could be used today. Make your voice known or the gun laws will never change. The kids will not be silenced. The kids have motivated people to protest. The kids will be voting. Change is coming. Are you marching?

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Getting My Protest On

My neighbor, Sheila, and I went to the Women’s March. It was epic!

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Better Than Ever

She’s back and better than ever! Check out this post from Pamela Merritt, the author of the Angry Black Bitch blog. Her latest essay, published on Rewire, a non-profit independent media publication, is on point and a must read if you’re concerned about gun violence and mass killings. Thoughts?

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