Yes, a lot of things happened, but since we're going to forget many of them, let's review a few worth remember.
European Testing Conference.
I had the chance to de-virtualize people I knew for a long time, to meet new people and to see old friends.
I want to express my gratitude and admiration for all the people involved in running those 5 events, and for letting me help a bit along the way, it's been a pleasure.
So, my good friend Tomislav came up with a fun idea, how about delivering 3 talks in 3 days in 3 cities?
Of course, I accepted, and there we went.
As the situation evolved, and quarantine was imposed, I moved to work from home, and the kids moved to study from home as well, so we got a lot of time together.
We have been playing games, watching movies, discussing life and finding ways to adapt to this ever changing situation, and it didn't go bad, at least we made it through the year, one day at the time.
My wife and I we have been together for 20 years now, and one thing we been doing more often this year is going for a ride.
As Keith Klain well said, the road is the journey, and there are plenty of roads out there waiting for us.
But then, things happened, and Iberia announced a discount for healthcare workers, and in a couple of weeks we went from not having a plan, to flying to Tenerife and spend a week in this wonderful island.
I'm back to testing!
I never went too far away, but starting in July, I joined the Voicemod team as a Software Tester to help with the testing thing.
You know, make questions, evaluate requirements, test working software, write bug reports and test session reports, have fun with the team, automate tests, learn about software, processes, infrastructure, tools, users, competitors, grow as a professional, be a professional skeptic, all things I love from this job.
I got lucky that we also hired Belén, and that together we have been building an interesting automated test suite that is helping the team to achieve the levels of quality we're searching for. She even wrote an article about it.
Good things will come out of this team, just wait and see.
My former company made it to the news, but this time it was because they decided to do a layoff due to COVID and the change in the business context.
It was not the first time I saw this happening, but the perspective of being one of the laidoffs was new and interesting for sure.
As it happens in any spaceship, it turned out that I didn't have my astronaut suite, I was part of the fuel.
I'm very grateful to Pradeep, for helping me understand many things, for many years, in different ways.
And I'm grateful as well to all the flymates, for these good years we had.
As Johnny Cash sings...
"Now I been out in the desert, just doin' my time, Searchin' through the dust, lookin' for a sign
If there's a light up ahead well brother I don't know, But I got this fever burnin' in my soul
So let's take the good times as they go, And I'll meet you further on up the road"