This time I’m really sorry about how lax I’ve been in writing. But some big changes are occurring, and I’ve been busy. For the last couple of years, as some of you already know, I’ve had health problems which I’ve been working through. I don’t want to discuss the details here on the web, since it’s really nobody’s business but my own, and I believe health information should be private.
The upshot of all this is that I’m realizing I need to do the things I care most about, while I can. And as most of my friends have been telling me for decades, I also need to slow down a bit, enjoy myself, and reduce my stress level. What this means is that I’m leaving the high-tech world, at least as a full-time job. I’m still involved in a few things from an investor and advisor standpoint, and I expect to do some consulting work here and there, as interesting projects pop up. But I’m going to be leaving Microsoft in a couple of weeks, and taking a bit of time off over the summer, before deciding what to do next.
I’m also in the process of getting my house ready to sell, with the goal of exiting the Seattle real-estate market, at least for awhile. I don’t believe it’s going to crash, particularly with strong expansion by Microsoft and strong in-migration predicted for the next five years. But I do suspect that real-estate elsewhere may be a better investment for the moment. I’m looking north, to the islands, for a little place with a bit of a view, a bit of quiet, room for my books and an office, but still with high-speed internet access. I’ll likely get a small apartment here in Seattle, since my family and most of my friends are here, my business interests continue to be here, and the University is here.
I’ll discuss more plans as they develop; I don’t want to discuss things which are still up in the air and out of my control, but I expect this to be an interesting summer. I also expect that I’ll have more time for writing and research, and thus I hope folks check back occasionally for some of the essays and pieces I’ve been working on sporadically. I hope to get back into the rhythm of things fairly soon.