memnus: Me with my bow at full draw, with quote "Just Dynamic Tension" (Dynamic Tension)
Brian ([personal profile] memnus) wrote2009-08-18 09:37 pm
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I have decided what my dream job would be.

I seem to get a little stir-crazy doing the same stuff for forty hours each week after week after week. It's fun stuff, absolutely, don't get me wrong. I'm thoroughly enjoying Android wrangling, but apparently I need more. I want real physical activity, I want consistent sunlight and fresh air. This will become much, much more of a problem in a couple months, when I start getting home after dark, and even worse a couple months after that when I'm leaving the office after dark.

I would love to be doing that part-time. Two or three days a week, or that many hours worth, I would do Android integration, porting, makefile ninjaing, and all that stuff. With support from that, I want to get my archery chops back up. Get back to shooting a thousand arrows a week, climb in the name of training, go to the gym for reals, tune myself back up. Convince my employer that it's good publicity to give me classy logowear and pay my travel expenses to tournaments. Oh, and keep my health insurance going at least until I can sign on to the public plan. If it helps, I'd be willing to be featured in a marketing campaign around the deal ... I'm not sure what it takes to be an Official Sponsor Of USA Archery but it sure sounds good.

I would also get back into the archery teaching, because I like teaching fun things and it's a great way to get free range time. It's funny, I have found no age of child - everywhere from eight years old all the way through puberty and high school, even in mixed groups - that does not pay attention to you when you have an easy supply of weapons and demonstrable skills with them. And are happily showing them how to use said weapons.

I don't know how possible any of this is ... implementation details are still fuzzy at best. I'd probably have to shave my beard, or at the very very least trim it even further than mere polite-company levels. Hair in bowstring = PAIN.


[identity profile] 2009-08-19 05:01 am (UTC)(link)
Part-time code monkey positions do exist. So do contract positions if you are comfortable with the risk of income.

Life is to short not to be doing what you love.

[identity profile] 2009-08-19 06:02 am (UTC)(link)
Nom music.

[identity profile] 2009-08-19 05:04 pm (UTC)(link)
You might want to check out these guys - the Academie Duello. They turned their SCA knowledge into a viable business. Friends of mine take their classes in Vancouver and love it.

So far it looks like they don't have an archery component, but that would be a natural addition. They link to a similar school in Seattle. You could contact either and find out how they got started, if they want to add archery, etc.