I was doing some maintenance on my hosted stuff and realized it’s been just over one year exactly since I last updated. Much has happened in this last year, a lot of it just in the last few months.
The biggest thing that has happened is that I got a job at Rackspace in San Antonio, Texas. Not that I didn’t like my job at InMotion Hosting, I learned a lot there. I just had to get out of Virginia and really get started with my life. I had been trying to go back home to El Paso for a long time, but there just are no jobs there, at least no jobs that would pay enough for me to live on my own. I wanted my own place, I got tired of living with family and I’ve done the whole roommate thing. There was nothing that paid enough to continue living in Virginia Beach, for sure (not that I tried all that hard to look, I really hate that place).
From working at InMotion, I had heard of Rackspace. I had some customers move there because we at InMotion just didn’t have a setup that offered what they needed. Granted, they could have set it up themselves using a combination of our dedicated and VPS hosting, but they would have had to do it themselves and IMH just doesn’t have the flexibility of Rackspace Cloud offerings, especially the whole “hybrid” Rackconnect thing. The InMotion management also was doing some kind of “Advanced Hosting Support” initiative just before I left, and I remember hearing something about how they were doing it in order to compete better with the likes of Rackspace. So I just had to check out this Rackspace thing.
I found the Racker Talent site (http://www.rackertalent.com) and checked it out. It looked extremely enticing, and they were looking for Linux admins, so I submitted my resume. No lie, the very next day, I got an email back from one of the HR recruiters asking me about a good time for a phone screening. Within a week, I had a Rackspace-paid plane ticket to San Antonio and an in-person interview with my new managers here. It all happened blazingly fast, but I am so glad it did. I am loving San Antonio and being back in Texas. Sure, El Paso is at least an eight-hour drive away, but that’s better than 36 hours, and there’s nothing better than being back in the Lone Star State where I was born and raised. Working at Rackspace is not perfect (I challenge you to show me a workplace that is), but it’s a few light years ahead of InMotion technologically speaking. I’m learning a lot every day that I spend there, and loving every minute of it. I have awesome coworkers now that all my training and orientation stuff is out of the way I can finally get to know them.
The only downside is that I have absolutely no connections in San Antonio, so everything and everyone is brand new, but my fellow Rackers are all proving to be welcoming and helpful in the move and adjustment. There’s even a new Byzantine Catholic mission here that meets at UTSA — St. Anastasia the Great Martyr Byzantine Catholic Community — so I don’t have to miss out on our Divine Liturgy. If only we met every Sunday, but hey, it’s better than nothing. At least San Antonio has that over El Paso for me :-p
Well, now that I have all my stuff finally moved over to Rackspace Cloud Servers, all is good and we’ll see what the next year will bring.