Bits and pieces from the astoundingly normal life of Paul Carlisle Kletchka

I’ve worked at Security Operations and Services (SOS) for almost three months, now. I’m still “the new guy,” but I do feel very much at home, here. And although I do miss so many of the folks at MRI, I have to admit that my stress level has dropped considerably since changing jobs. I would have to attribute that to the fact that I’m no longer at the mercy of random system failures 24 hours a day. In fact, there are times when I even turn my mobile phone OFF. And since I’m the father of a small child, that’s a very good thing. And it reinforces for me that I made the right choice for myself and my family in making the switch.

I knew that leaving MRI would be difficult. And for anyone who attended my farewell party, I think it was pretty apparent that was true. Looking so many friends in the eye and saying good-bye was heart-wrenching, even though I was only moving to a different unit within the university. I’ve had occasion to visit my old stomping grounds a few times since the move, and I’m still in pretty regular contact with the IT team (for better or for worse!). And I still catch myself finding excuses to drive by the MSC construction site to check on the progress being made there.

I want to thank all of you at MRI for the lovely send-off you gave me. I certainly didn’t expect presents, but as usual, you showed the generosity of the MRI family with your gifts, and I don’t think I could express just how much that means to me. My best wishes go out to all of you for the happiest of holiday seasons and a fantastic New Year! And while I hope you don’t find yourselves in a position where you urgently need the services of SOS, should that happen, rest assured you have a friend here.

(Me in the new office. Believe it or not, it isn’t filled with computer parts.)

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