I wish I knew how to quit you, Mickey

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but I recognize it’s vitally important to keep the internets up to speed on my whereabouts.

I just got back from a week-long trip down to southern California, cementing my coveted status as The Most Boring Business Traveler Ever. I’ve complained about Los Angeles so much that I’ve gotten plenty of recommendations for places to go and things to see, so I ignored them all and spent the entire time in beautiful Glendale, suburbia uber alles. I was cockblocked by the hotel’s firewall and wasn’t able to get any work done on my other gig, so I spent most of the non-meeting time in my hotel room either sleeping or doing Japanese homework.

And I’m back for another round of the same next week.

But diligent readers of this blog may be pulling themselves out of their torpor to ask, “But wait — I thought you quit the job that had you traveling to southern California?” Good catch!

I did, in fact, come to an epiphany a few months back, realizing that working from home wasn’t working out for me, and I’d prefer to get a Real Job for some local corporate entity. I could go back to a normal day schedule, socializing with co-workers, coming back home to work on My Own Projects For Personal Creative Fulfillment, striking a perfect work/life balance.

After a couple of weeks into the interviews, I said, “screw that.” If it weren’t enough that I’m every bit as big a Disney fan now as I ever was, I’ve wanted to work with Imagineering for as long as I can remember, and they’re working on projects that combine two of my biggest interests, there’s the added complication: the people there are just too damn friendly, and a lot of fun to work with. I’d have to be an idiot to give up the chance to keep working with them. (And of course, there are all the advantages to working from home that I’m not quite ready to give up yet). Plus, some of the stuff I’ve heard I’ll be doing sounds even cooler than the extremely cool project I worked on before.

So that’s the state of things in the world of Chuck at the moment: a return to the status quo of the past couple of years. Seeing as how the status quo is 90% awesome and 10% stuff I can fix pretty easily just by leaving the house more often, that’s not a bad place to be.