I Got Sidetracked in Bakersfield

Posted December 29th, 2017 by admin

I was just passing through the Central Valley on my way North up to San Jose on business. I certainly never intended to stay there for two and a half weeks, but some drunk driver crossed the center line at about half past three in the morning. I had no clue what was going on or where I was when I woke up in a hospital in Bakersfield. In fact I had to see a chiropractor in Bakersfield before I could manage to drive out of there. I tried to drive back home, but there was no way that I could have withstood eight or ten hours behind the wheel. I figured that it was a waste of time to try. I would have gotten a pretty good ways before I gave up and they had to bring me back in an ambulance. It would have been a huge waste of time and money in the final accounting.

I actually did take advantage of the down time to catch up on a whole bunch of technical reading that I need to do. You really have to keep up with things in my field, or else you end up being left in the dust like the dinosaurs and the dodo. I was months behind on all of this stuff and I realized that I had needed to know a lot of it. The worst thing is if you find out the client knew something that you should have known. That often means a pile of money for him or for me or for both of us, so you have to know the latest thing. In particular you have to know things that are most important to the people that are paying you to know stuff that they do not want to worry about.

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