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Where software and clothing converge

For many months, I lost touch with the physical world while immersing myself in a virtual political one. To sustain that, I had too much coffee and too much beer; coupled with the fact I was no longer getting outside to move, I gained a lot of weight. 

I’m not too concerned with my weight as an isolated factor. I see it as a symptom, not itself a problem. Happily, after almost four years of figuring out which foods hurt my body and which ones heal it, I know exactly how to tackle the root causes of my feeling-crappy-ness. Doing so, I’ll feel much, much better … and my weight will change as a result.

What had bugged me, then? My clothing! I got to the point where I had four skirts and zero pairs of pants that fit me. I didn’t want to invest a bunch of money in clothing I’d only wear once or twice, so I spent a month wearing my least favorite clothing before deciding I had to change something.

How, I wondered, could I spend only a few dollars to cover a transition period? The answer came to me by virtue of my work in software licensing.

For ages, most companies bought their own hardware to run their software. Maintaining hardware was expensive and time-consuming, so that cloud computing was pretty exciting: all the software benefits, none of the hardware costs!*

Using software in the cloud, someone else has to maintain the hardware. With that “someone else” investing in all that infrastructure, the client company can use a little or a lot of hardware capacity … without having to constantly worry about hardware itself.

In a word, cloud computing offers easy scalability.

I needed that, but in clothing–something that would easily scale up and down with its hardware (me).

You know what provides scalability? Maternity clothes!

I bought a few pairs of pants and a few pairs of shorts. For the first time in a month or so, I actually felt good in what I was wearing.

It cost me all of $40, and will keep me covered across many sizes.

So, hey! Here’s to scalability, and making small investments to feel a little better now!

* There are plenty of other costs, by the way. Just don’t expect techies to care too much while oohing and aahing over new technologies!

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  1. March 14, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I miss that new server smell since cloud computing became the standard. πŸ™‚

    • March 14, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Heh. I only had the briefest exposure to that! I did get to spend a chunk of time around a mainframe, which, whoa. :p

      • March 14, 2017 at 3:56 pm

        Mainframes! That’s what I started on back in the day, green screen terminals. Backed up on reel to reel tapes even. Memories!

  2. March 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I have almost the same problem (mine’s school based, not politics based)… but I’m hoping to fit back into my old clothes soon so I’m making do with the 2 pairs of trousers that still fit…Coordinating the washing (and drying times) round a full schedule is a little bit complicated though! Hadn’t even thought about maternity wear…
    And great analogy! πŸ™‚

    • March 14, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      I hear that about the schedule! When Anthony’s working, trying to get Li’l D’s uniforms going through the week sucks! I’m just so glad to have respite from skirts for the moment. I do enjoy skirts and dresses, but pants are just so damn comfy. πŸ˜€

      (Thanks!!!)

  3. March 14, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I love this! I spent about a year in dresses (scalability haha) because my pants no longer fit. I finally caved and bought a couple pairs of larger jeans and felt human again. But I still love my dresses! πŸ™‚ I also sell my used clothing on PoshMark to buy new-to-me clothing, which helps me switch my wardrobe as needed while my weight fluctuates.

    • March 14, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      I love dresses, too! I only fit into two of mine right now, but … it’s okay, now that I have pants again. πŸ˜€

  4. Deb
    March 14, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Thrift shopping and even garage sales are great for some almost new items at low prices. Although I suppose garage sale season isn’t upon us yet, at least in my area the rain and snow hinders the process a bit πŸ˜‰

    • March 14, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      We’re not quite yet to garage sales here (so much rain! even in SoCal!), but you know I’ll be stoked to see ’em popping up. So many memories, and so much possibility. ♥

  5. March 31, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I love the comparisons! Also, spending $10 on a pair of thrift store jeans often makes my month!

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