Beginning Year #5

…at the real job. It’s not a record of duration of employment for me (Navy goes to nine counting scholarship time), but it’s some pretty remarkable stability for me and my family. We’re now in the same place longer than any time in our 17 year marriage (4+ years in the same home; amusingly, the Navy had the prior record at 4 years). For the first two years my ID badge that opens doors would quit working on my anniversary date, but fortunately that’s been fixed. (A little unnerving to celebrate your employment anniversary locked out of the ED).

It is, in fact, a little weird to not be thinking about / planning the next move, given we’ve done so much of it. We’ve had at least 8 major moves, but that doesn’t count the ‘moving into an apartment while the house we’re moving into is ready’ moves, so it’s nearly double that number. I do have the major addresses written down, somewhere.

But, we’re now Home. Stability, as much as can be had in Emergency Medicine, is nice.


  1. Congrats. I know how you feel — I’ve been at my job seven years now and it feels just as weird. I have real difficulty being regarded as one of the ‘old guys,’ and what’s even weirder, the guys I hired refer to me as ‘the boss!’ That despite a *very* democratic group structure… just weird.

    Were you HPSP? I was — maybe I’ll tell you about my Navy experience one day — off line.