today, I started my career in the telecommunication business. I was 21 years old and it was my first day working for Bell of PA (later to evolve through Bell Atlantic & Verizon). How telecommunications has changed since then – who would have thought almost everyone would be walking around with a phone in their pocket or even dreamed of the Internet! Those were the days when they encouraged people who needed new phone service, or to move their service or change their service or even disconnect their service to go to the “Phone Center Stores”, that was the beginnng of the self service culture for utilities. I remember by first day at the business office in Norristown, I remember what I wore, I remember parking at the bottom of the hill in the parking lot and walking the two or three blocks to the office. I remember the smell of the pizzelles and other goodies coming from the Italian bakery. Some how I made it through training and three companies later (Bell of PA, AT&T Information Systems & AT&T Corporate), and many many jobs later, I am still here. I have worked in King of Prussia, PA, Jenkintown, PA, back to King of Prussia, then on to Vienna and Herndon VA, only to return to King of Prussia & Wayne! Those jobs led me to travel 110 miles each day to jobs in Bedminster and Bridgewater, NJ. The mid-90s brought me a job that offered telecommuting – what a gift after so many years of commuting! I am still in that same “position” – should I say, I am still working for the same manager. The other folks around me have changed, and the work that I do has changed more than once, and I moved my personal life to Florida! Wow…. how things have changed. I have encountered many people along my way, and done jobs that I didn’t like so much and some that I loved.I have been gainfully for over 10,000 days, I am not sure there are too many people these days that can say the same. Here’s to several more… and that 30 year gift this time next year!
Tara and I had a fun outing to Downtown Disney again today. She had worked diligently over the past couple of evenings, re-organizing our Disney pins, and had come up with a few more that she thought she would not mind using for trading, so off we went. It was busy today, and looked like rain at one point so we decided to go see Madagascar 2 before we hit the Marketplace. We got there just in time for the next showing, and after picking up a couple hot dogs for lunch (why do they always taste better when you eat them out?), we settled in for the show. We saw several previews for movies that will be coming out soon, and have added those to our list. Movies has been something Tara and I have enjoyed together since she was about three. I think it too until about then for her to sit through an entire movie. I love that we have this that we can share as she grows. The movie was good. I as usual snoozed through a bit. I always get cold in the theater, and when I get my self all comfy to keep warm, I tend to doze off! I’m getting OLD, what can I say.
After the movie, we headed back to the Marketplace. We wondered a bit, and headed to the Pin Shop and Christmas store. Tara traded for some new pins, and we bought a couple as well. We then went into the Christmas shop which too was bustling with folks doing Christmas shopping. We did not stay for long, and soon decided it was time to head home. I love this pin that I got for myself.
A quick stop at Wal-Mart Market, and a $4.98 Take and Bake pizza, and our quiet evening at home began. The weather is quickly changing from a very warm and humid day to what is supposed to be a rather chilly day tomorrow. It feels wonderful outside tonight…
Here is what two of my “girls” can be found doing while I type this: