April 11th, 2003


fridayfive.org (http://www.fridayfive.org/): Music

WooHoo! Today's fridayfive is about music, a subject I absolutely love.

1. What was the first band you saw in concert? Starship. Pretty cheesy, no? This was back when "We Built This City (on Rock and Roll)" was popular. I was in ninth grade, maybe. A friend of mine had a couple ot tickets to the show at Merriweather Post Pavillion in Maryland and offered to take me. Once I got permission from my parents to go, I agreed to go and we had a great time. I'm pretty sure I still have the t-shirt I bought at the show.

2. Who is your favorite artist/band now? I think we all know the answer to that one, let's say it all together now: The Man In Black, Johnny Cash. Although my father had introduced me to a few Cash songs while I was growing up (most notably, "A Boy Named Sue"), I got turned on to Johnny Cash for real when I saw him perform "Delia's Gone" on the David Letterman Show one night when I was in college. I've been a huge fan ever since, having seen him in concert three times. The webpage I made for him when I was in college (and continue to (sort-of) maintain today) was the first Johnny Cash webpage on the Net. I used to get updated about Johnny's itenary and public appearances from The House of Cash so I could put them on the web page. It was all pretty cool, especially for a college kid.

3. What's your favorite song? "Amazing Grace"

4. If you could play any instrument, what would it be? Fiddle/Violin or Banjo. I think I would probably have better luck with the banjo since it's fretted. As it stands, I can already play (to some extent) the following instruments: piano, guitar, harmonica, accordian, trumpet, kazoo, radio.

5. If you could meet any musical icon (past or present), who would it be and why? Sam Phillips. Yeah, he's not a musician, but try and convince me that he's not a musical icon. While at Sun Records, he had talant such as Johnny Cash, Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, etc. pass through his control. The stuff Phillips did at Sun did a lot to create Rock-n-Roll. I'd love to listen to stories about that time.

Job update

News about my job situation is finally becoming public knowledge. As such, I feel much more comfortable talking about it in an open forum. According to Reuters, "AT&T Wireless to Lay Off 1,800 IT Workers". After looking at that article, I don't have any information that would dispute anything reported there. Additionally, none of the information in the article was new to me.

What does this mean for me? I don't know yet. There's a lot of time between now and the end of 2004. All sorts of variables are still in play and there are a number of ways this can work itself out. Most likely, I think the company will attempt to consolidate the workforce to Seatle, and when some people decide not to move, the company will decline to hire a new employee for that position. My guess is that they will be able to get a lot of workforce reduction in that manner.

If given the opportunity to move to Seatle and continue working for AT&T Wireless, would I do it? I don't know. It depends on all sorts of factors. At any rate, I haven't closed out the possibility.

There is also always the possibility that the company will change its mind between now and the end of 2004. I'm not holding my breath, but it could happen.