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Apr 8
Gold is for the mistress, silver for the maid
Copper for the craftsmen cunning at his trade.
“Good!” said the Baron, sitting in his hall
“But iron, cold iron, is master of them all”
– Rudyard Kipling “Cold Iron”

That’s the first stanza from one of Kipling’s poem. Kipling himself wrote the iron ring ceremony, which is officially known as “The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer“, back in the 1920’s.

A week ago today I received my iron ring. I won’t repeat the obligation or details about the ceremony itself. Not because the ceremony is secret, but because it is private. The short story behind the ring is that it is a symbol and reminder of the obligation my peers and I took that day. The obligation itself calls for us to remember the importance of our work, the dangers of our mistakes and the standard to which we will be held as professionals. It asks us to work to the best of our ability, to admit what we don’t know or can’t do, to look for assistance when we need it and to ask for pardon when we make our mistakes.

I’m very proud to wear this ring. Not for the ring itself, but for what it symbolizes. It will serve as a constant reminder of the obligation I took, the five years I studied, the lessons, mistakes and achievements along the way, and what I hope will be the many years of my career.

It’s not a perfect fit, but I think that’s just part of it. I’ve noticed that myself, as well as many of my peers, have been consistantly fiddling with the ring. Spinning it around, sliding it up and down the pinky, or tapping against the nearest hard surface (it makes a very satisfying tap tap tap sound). I don’t know about the rest, but I know that every time I notice myself doing this I’m reminded of that obligation and where my future is headed.

On a lighter note, I hope that I never lose it. It’s a very tiny thing, not meant as a flashy piece of jewelry. Regardless, this ring cost me well over $40,000. . . but I’m told a replacement is a much more affordable $10    =P

Dec 22

Okay, after a short technical hiccup I’m back up!

This is the first of what should be my periodic posts about. . . me. First of all, I have to give a big thanks to Steve who has held my hand through the process of getting this webpage up, as well as hosting it for me on his server.

This first post isn’t too exciting. A short summary of what’s happening currently in my life:
– Capstone Project
– Just accepted a job with TRUE Consulting in Kamloops, BC

But details on all these will come later.