More than Ever, Solving Problems and Learning New Stuff

If you’re wondering about My First Time at this point, I think it’s important that you understand the accident that got me into computer training (because I needed money to feed my acting habit). And that passion grew and became Lotus Notes consulting (and so much more). You’ll find that with me, “Passion” is always the operative word.

Then a few years ago, I got somewhat interested in Google, but didn’t really have the time or need to explore it to my usual extent (obsessed). But in 2014, I met with a colleague who really got me excited about pitching a migration from Lotus Notes to Google Apps to the Board of the company where I was working as a Lotus Notes consultant.

We finally pitched it in early 2015 and it was a home run. I prepped for the Google Apps Administrator certification test and passed, so we were off and running with the migration.

While we were migrating the Lotus Notes email system (and trying to determine who we were actually going to migrate because it had become so out of control), I also developed a new Google application system for Lotus Notes repository databases (along with migrating the Lotus Notes groups, maintaining the Help site, and publishing a Tips and Tricks newsletter that I called the “Google Bugle”). I was in heaven, or as close as I had hoped to get to it for awhile.

But man does not live by bread alone. Where I used to live in New Jersey (25 miles from the Big Apple), there were a couple of excellent community theaters, but one reason they were excellent was because they hired professional directors and many of the actors were either professionals who worked in these theaters as a way to avoid being away from home (because many theater pros spend their time on the road) or as a way to keep their skills in tune and working on great roles in great shows. This is where I got my acting “fix” while still working in IT.

I suspect that I know a number of IT pros who’ve also spent considerable time in showbiz, but for some reason, we rarely discuss it openly in mixed company. I’ve always had the nagging feeling that once you’re earning a goodly sum in technology, telling people that you’re an actor somehow lessens your IT credibility in the minds of your peers. People tend to think that acting is easy and that actors are overpaid brats who really don’t have the brains we were born with. And sometimes that’s actually true … in any field.

I’m not sure if the negative connotation is actually true, but somehow it seems like it is and for those of us in IT who actually have these other talents and passions, it doesn’t seem worth the risk of losing the credibility that we’ve actually earned at this point, by telling others.

And so … 

I’m not fond of secrets, but if I have one, or am holding a confidence for someone else, no one is ever going to get it from me. To me, a secret is held by only one person. The surest way to spread a secret is to utter that commonly known line: “I’m going to tell you something but don’t say anything to anyone, because it’s a secret.” Then it becomes gossip.

I say this because sharing this information about My First Time today, while some others already know (only out of necessity), it’s the first time I’ve broadcast it on this scale (because Writing has always been a passion.) My wife assures me that since I wrote my first play during a slow Temp job, it’s only fair to tell my IT network.

So, here goes. For the first time anywhere. (Testing, one, two three.)

“Hi, I’m Bruce,” 

(and from the assembled throng came the reply, “Hi Bruce.”)

“and I’m a Writer, Actor, and Director.”

(but I also excel in Information Technology.)