I forgot how great it can be to work with people you really like and can have fun with. These past few days have been extremely full with thesis work (our first draft is due Sunday and we are quite far from being finished).
As I rode home tonight from another marathon work session (today was twelve hours) I was reflecting on how it flew by and didn't seem like work at all. The last time I really felt this comfortable with my coworkers, as I do with my thesis partners, was back in my last semester of university. I was working as a waiter at a brew pub in Ann Arbor and really loved going to work. The co-workers were great, and every night (or day) was a blast, regardless if it was slow or busy. When I graduated, I debated if I should move on with my life, or stay there and just keep being a waiter. Of course, there was some part of my conditioning that told me, "being a waiter is not a proper career... you must begin building a career" Since then, I have had four jobs, and none of them were as fun to go to as that was.
It had gotten to the point were, two years ago, after quitting my office job, working alone, from my apartment was really appealing to me, and I really enjoyed it. Now, having worked with people I enjoy again, going back to working alone is not so appealing. I really hope I can find something in Tokyo when I get back that will put me with people I really "click" with.
The photos above and below are my thesis partners. Below we see Roya giving her best supermodel pose in Copenhagen Tuesday, and Amity cheering us on from the Baltic states where she is vacationing now... as we spend twelve hour days working on the thesis draft! But it's OK... we'll find some way to have her make it up to us...
Kev, for the record... I feel the same about you and Amity.. its been way to much fun to actually feel like work!!
See you tomorrow at 8am.. SHARP SHARP!!