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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Holy shit!

I just got my annual merit increase announcement. It was a little better than I expected due in large part to the fact that I was previously at the bottom of my pay scale, and the bottom moved up about $3300, thus necessitating a bigger than expected raise. But on top of that, I got a $2000 bonus because "Your work is top quality, and your ideas and inputs are valued by all of ITSS." Wow.

Stanford really has been good to me. In the three and a half years I've been here, I've been consistently recognized for my contributions. That is so valuable to me. Sometimes this place wears me down, sometimes the politics and weirdnesses seem insurmountable, but other times I'm utterly amazed by how highly thought of I am. I can make a difference here. I can excel. Who knew that Stanford would be the place where a sassy, irreverent misfit could bloom and grow? I sure didn't, but it's definitely working out that way.

The acting director of the project management office handed the letter to me, and when I opened it he said, "I'd say don't spend it all in one place, but I know you just bought a house, so..." And I said, "Yeah, I know a certain water heater that's got this check's name all over it."

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