Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Friday, July 13, 2007

Happy Anniversary to Me

In the comment thread to the post below, I replied to a comment from Pablo by saying:

The opportunity to do this particular kind of work was my main motivation for taking the Museum job.

My comment reminded my that my first day on the job here was July 13, 1997. Today is my 10th anniversary here. It's been quite a decade. I remember being very apprehensive when I first took the position, in no small measure because it included a hefty pay cut. I kept wondering how long it would take me to really seriously wonder if I had made the right decision to leave the biotechnology industry. Apparently that number is greater than 10 years. After a decade, I still feel like I have the job that I was born to do, and it gives me a great deal of pleasure to share my work with my fellow bloggers.

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12 Comments:

At 16:26, Blogger robin andrea said...

Congratulations on 10 years, Doug. You are very lucky to love what you do. I'm really glad that you blog about it too.

 
At 18:05, Anonymous pablo said...

And by 10 years you mean your job, not this blog, right? (I'd really feel puny then.)

 
At 19:56, Anonymous Lemuel said...

Congratulations! on your 10 yr work anniversary! May you have many more pleasant and interesting years

 
At 21:41, Blogger Ur-spo said...

Having a job you love to do; you are a fortunate man!

 
At 06:11, Anonymous rcwbiologist said...

Congratulations Doug on 10 years. I too struggled with the decision to become a biologist. When I went back to school some people told me to go into fields that I would make lots of money in. But those didn't appeal to me. After long discussions and thought I chose to become a biologist even though I knew I wouldn't become "rich". We live comfortably now, but by no means are we rich. Although, I think I have the greatest job in the world and am glad that I didn't go the other route, even if I would have been making lots more money. And thanks for blogging about your life for us.

 
At 07:14, Blogger Dave said...

Doug-

Kudos to you on your ten year anniversary! That's a pretty good run, and hopefully you're just getting warmed up for ten more!

 
At 20:05, Blogger butterfly girl said...

I think that it is grand of you to put passion for something over money. Money is definitely not everything.

 
At 13:33, Blogger Homer said...

I've been working for my company for 15 years this last week. I'm pretty lucky to work for the best archaeology firm in the country.

 
At 20:37, Anonymous Mark H said...

Congrats on 10 years of an enjoyable career decision. In my 31 in industry working at all levels I had ups and downs, but got tied to the retirement plans, health insurance and all that so STAYED...and they went bankrupt along with insurance and reduced pension. And I sometimes hated the corporate world...corporations are NOT designed for humans.... We're LUCKY you blog about your work, both you AND Homer...these are great to read, and we often feel like we're making new friends along the way. Thanks for the post.

 
At 17:38, Blogger rodger said...

I swear I sent congrats on Friday but they didn't show up. So...let me say once again...CONGRATULATIONS on 10 years of enjoying your work! It is far more rewarding and comforting to do what you enjoy and we so enjoy you sharing it with us.

 
At 02:03, Blogger Tony said...

Doug...

A big congratulations! You really have an incredible space there in
Chicago and I am still in awe of that butterfly atrium.

 
At 15:18, Blogger thingfish23 said...

Good on you, Doug. There's nothing new thT I can add, as all sentiments have been typed in quite adequately above.

It doesn't hurt, though, for me to add an additional "thank you" for writing about what you do - and for doing what you do.

 

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