I’m old for what I do.
I started web development early on - developing my first site around 1996. If internet years are like dog years that makes me the web developer equivalent of a guy with a walker, flapping his gums at traffic, wearing a bathrobe all day.
In my last class I was teaching people literally half my age (and they weren’t fresh out of school either). If I’m in a room with my peers, it’s very unlikely that I’ll find another parent of teenagers to commiserate with.
While you can (and many do) argue that web development is a meritocracy, where nothing else really matters but your coding skills, there is also a growing awareness that as a discipline web developing and in a broader sense IT aren’t that great at dealing with older workers.
It’s overwhelmingly a young mans game.
As I’ve been thinking about this more I started joking about having “curmudgeon meetups” with other developers my age to discuss the topic, how they felt about aging in this career, and what (if anything) they were doing about it.
One of my consistent curmudgeon cohorts is Marcus Neto who lives in Mobile, AL. Marcus runs Bluefish Design Studio, specializes in ExpressionEngine, has three boys (the oldest now a teen) and is an excellent photographer. We stopped by on our first year on the road, and were happy to repeat that visit.
One important thing we wanted to have done was some professional family photos. We’ve got hundreds of casual photos of ourselves, but the only photos with all of us together in the picture are from begging off strangers at National Parks and Monuments.
Marcus was kind to offer to do a more planned and professional shoot while we visited.
This, of course, necessitated haircuts.
Of all of the things about living full-time on the road not much causes more concern, stress and (often) grief than sourcing haircuts. Mainly this is due to us all having curly hair, and most of us wearing it long enough that the curls need to be dealt with.
Marcus was able to recommend the gals at FireFlies in Spanish Fort AL who did an excellent job with the 3 of us who needed attention.
I especially appreciated my initial gal asking for help from a more experienced stylist. I don’t mind it when someone doesn’t know something, but I do mind it when they try to fake it. Especially when it involves my head… I definitely got one of the best haircuts I’ve had while traveling.