I should have been an ophthalmologist

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

I’ve been trying to setup an appointment with the opta… ophtam… ophthalm… EYE DOCTOR today. Who in the hell thought of spelling OP-TA-MO-LO-GIST that way anyway! 
Anyway, I tried calling this morning just to find out their offices don’t open until 9 AM. OK fine… some of us start working around 7 AM, but fine… I can do that. I call after 9 to find out what their latest appointment of the day is and if they have weekend hours.
No, no weekend hours and 3:30 PM is the latest appointment they take.
Wow… 9 to 4… only a 7 hour day… must be nice. 
I couldn’t find any other eye doctors with any different hours so I decided to go with the original one.
Of course, I get busy and don’t get to call back for a while.
Finally over my lunch hour things die down and I get a chance to call.
What do I get… “Our offices are now closed for lunch from noon until one thirty.” Say what?

OK, 9 AM to 4 PM = 7 hours
minus 1 ½ hours for lunch = 5 ½ hour work days
times 5 days (that’s IF (a big IF) they work 5 days a week) = 27 ½ hour weeks!

WOW! I chose the wrong profession! I should have been an opta… ophtam… ophthalm… EYE DOCTOR! 

PS: Just kidding of course… I love my job and I love what I do. 




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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