Yesterday marked my 3 year anniversary as a 'softie. As I look back over these 3 years, I can't help but be thankful for all the things the company's done for me. I don't mean to sound like a fan-boy (do Microsoft fan-boys even exist?), but for all the crap that people throw our way, present company included, I wanted to take some time to appreciate everything this company and my colleagues have done for me.

There have definitely been a lot of positives from a work perspective - I've learned a tremendous lot on the job, I've been able to meet a lot of people, I've been able to watch some of the best, most talented speakers (like Chris Capossela) speak live. But what's amazing is how much the job has helped me personally as well. I can't even start to enumerate some of these personal things I've been able to accomplish. Not that it hasn't come at a cost, but overall it's been really worth it. I am really very grateful.

Now time for my Oscar-acceptance-style-thank-yous :

Paul Murphy - for believing in me and hiring me. I don't know why Paul hired me. He took a huge risk with me, one I wouldn't have taken (with someone like me).

Jas Sandhu - for being my surrogate manager for a while, then my real manager, mentor, friend, and much more. I can't ever remember having a dull conversation with Jas. I don't think there's much that escapes Jas which means you can talk to him about pretty much anything.

Ash Pal, Adam Seligman and Dan'l Lewin - for being great mentors, for listening and providing feedback when you really didn't have to :) Thank you so much for caring.

Rory Blyth, Jeff Lin - for all the times we've hung out and done geeky, but, non-geeky things.

I started 3 years ago yesterday on the MSDN events team. Ironically, I delivered my last MSDN event yesterday as I move in to a new-ish role.

For anyone considering working here, if you're having second thoughts, chat with me.

Thank you, Microsoft, for a great 3 years and many more.

"ai"