Putting Things in Perspective

A close friend of mine was recently visiting (I think this was late June, if that puts into perspective how insane my schedule has been of late) and I was playing some new music for him. He lives out on the west coast, so it’s rare that we get a chance to catch up in person.

Since the last time we’ve sat down together, he’s had surgery for Acoustic Neuroma, which is a potentially life-threatening (although non-cancerous) tumor on the acoustic nerve. His (also potentially life-threatening) surgery was successful; the tumor was removed, but he lost all of his hearing in his right ear.

While we were listening to the music, I asked him what he thought. As part of the conversation that followed, he said:

It’s in mono. The whole world is in mono. But it’s better than being dead.

Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?

I’ll try to keep this in mind while I wrestle with SSIS deployment stuff today. 😉


About ssimagine

My name is Matthew Roche, and I am a Senior Program Manager with the SQL Server product group at Microsoft. I work on Master Data Services and Data Quality Services, and have previously worked on SQL Server Integration Services. Although I work for Microsoft and will be posting on technical topics, I want to stress that this is a personal blog, and any opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. I built my career around SQL Server and Microsoft technologies for well over a decade before I joined Microsoft as an employee, and I plan on using this blog to share my personal experience and opinions. They may well be shaped by my experience on the SQL Server team, but they’re still mine, and not that of Microsoft, disclaimer, disclaimer, etc., etc..
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