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ICYMI: Tales from the TAMO Cloud with Corey Adler

Did you ever wonder why IT diagrams always use a cloud to show an element where stuff goes in and comes out, but we’re not 100% sure what happens inside? That was originally called a “TAMO Cloud” – which stood for “Then A Miracle Occurred”. It indicated an area of tech that was inscruitable, but nevertheless something we saw as reliable and consistent in it’s output. For IT pros who hold a strong religious, ethical, or moral point of view, our journey has had its own sort of TAMO Cloud – where grounded technology and lofty philosophical ideals blend in ways that can be anything from challenging to uplifting to humbling. In this series, we sit down with members of the IT community to explore their journeys – both technical and theological – and see what lessons we can glean from where they’ve been, where they are today, and where they see themselves in the future. This episode features my talk with friend, co-religionist, programmer, and recurring Technically Religious guest Corey Adler. Listen or read the transcript below.

Josh: 00:00 Welcome to our podcast where we talk about the interesting, frustrating and inspiring experiences we have as people with strongly held religious views working in corporate IT. We’re not here to preach or teach you our religion. We’re here to explore ways we make our career as IT professionals mesh or at least not conflict with our religious life. This is Technically Religious.

Leon: 00:22 Did you ever wonder why it diagrams always use a cloud to show an element where stuff goes in and comes out, but we’re not 100% sure what happens inside? That was originally called a TAMO cloud, which stood for “Then A Miracle Occurred.” It indicated an area of tech that was inscrutable, but nevertheless something we saw as reliable and consistent in its output. For IT pros who hold a strong religious, ethical or moral point of view, our journey has had its own sort of TAMO cloud, where grounded technology and lofty philosophical ideals blend in ways that can be anything from challenging to uplifting to humbling. In this series, we sit down with members of the IT community to explore their journeys, both technical and theological, and see what lessons we can glean from where they’ve been, where they are today, and where they see themselves in the future.

Leon: 01:09 My name is Leon Adato, and the other voice you’ll hear on this episode is Cory Adler.

Corey: 01:14 Alon-zee, Mr. Adato.

Leon: 01:16 Very well done. Uh, Alonzo. So, uh, before we dig into the actual topic, uh, let’s take a moment for shameless self promotion. Corey, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Corey: 01:27 Hi, my name is Corey Adler. I am a lead engineer at Autosoft who currently makes software for car dealerships. You can find me on Twitter @CoryAdler. Uh, you can find me on stack overflow as Ironman84 and I am an Orthodox Jew or as sometimes or sometimes cultist in the church of Jon Skeet.

Leon: 01:47 There we go. You pray at the altar of Jon Skeet.

Corey: 01:50 (whispering) Jon Kate is the whistleblower.

Leon: 01:52 Okay, good. You heard it here first. Anyway, uh, just to keep things, uh, evened out. My name is Leon Adato. I am a head Geek at Solarwinds. You can hear, uh, my ponderings and read some of the stuff I’ve done at, adatosystems.com. You can find me on the Twitters @LeonAdato and I also identify as Orthodox Jewish. And if you’re scribbling this down madly trying to catch those, uh, websites and stuff, stop and just listen. Enjoy the show. There will be show notes after this and you can have all of that and anything that we mentioned along the way. So…

Corey: 02:26 dat da-da da!

Leon: 02:27 Right, exactly. Just enjoy. Take a moment, smell the flowers, bask in the sunshine. All right, so the tales from the TAMO cloud has a very specific structure as you know. Um, so I want to start off with the technical side of the conversation. Tell me a little bit about what work, like what is the work that you’re doing today? I know you said lead engineer, but what does that mean on a day to day basis?

Corey: 02:50 So we are currently redoing our entire dealer management system from, uh, our existing product, which is about 20 years old. I am currently lead for the accounting team. We’re reworking, uh, the accounting module, various transactions, maintaining your journal, cashier, all kinds of various items that inherently in a dealership needs. But very few people end up thinking, “Oh yeah, the dealership is going to actually need software for all of that.” So currently we’re working in a .Net tech stack with an angular front end, um, SQL server, uh, for a database and hibernate that as our ORM of choice. Um, well except data teams trying to remove that because they want stored procedures and other things that are more efficient with our time as if, as if developers are efficient know.

Leon: 03:48 (laughs) Right. I see. If you take that as a personal insult, so, okay. So it’s a little bit of what you do. So you’re coding, I mean, you know, for, for those people who, who aren’t quite as in the weeds, you’re, you’re a programmer and you work mostly in the .net stack as far as that goes, which is cool. Um, where… Think back now, think back to those early days. Where did you start out in tech?

Corey: 04:11 Professionally I’ve been a.net developer my entire career. Uh, it’s funny actually because I didn’t start out and done that. Actually college and grad school both were in Java actually. Um, and the only .net class I took was for half a semester. My senior year in college, the one, the one semester of senior year that I had before I graduated, which was a computer games class and first half was, you know, still in Java. And the professor basically just had this thing of every week you’re making a game. The way he phrased it was, “If I tell you to make a game in two weeks, you’ll spend two weeks to make a game. If I tell you to do it in one week, you’ll spend one week and you’ll make a game.” So one week he switched over to, um, to.net halfway through because that, uh, Microsoft has this X and a framework that for people to make games that you can download to your X-Box. So he had us doing that and I ended up, uh, programming in a team doing, uh, this site’s girl shooter game where you were enemies could do drop bonus weapons. Then you could and had this little animation for, you know, attaching it. And I wrote most of the most of the code for this game and I brought that code actually with me to my first job interview and they were like, the interviewers, like these guys are senior developers. They were actually like, you could, I could actually tell on their faces, they were rather impressed with some of the stuff.

Leon: 05:53 You realize that you were going to have to post your game in the show notes, like you’re going to have to have that someplace where people can download it and play it.

Corey: 06:02 The professor himself actually, I believe, does not delete his course pages. So it probably is still up there.

Leon: 06:09 Awesome. Okay, fine, fine. Fair enough. Um, all right. So that’s where we started was with, you know, like basically the equivalent of the XKCD cartoon, “That one weekend I spent playing around with Perl” was how you built your career, which, you know, fine. Okay. It’s not Perl, but whatever. Um, so then the question is, where did you go from there? You know, you’re, you’re a, you’re, you know, you’re a full stack .net dev. Now you started off programming in your C, you know, comps, eyeglasses. But how did you get from there to here? What was your progression? What was the journey?

Corey: 06:42 So I graduated college and I knew I wanted to get a masters and I knew because we were expecting our first kid at the time.

Leon: 06:53 You’re, I should clarify your wife and you were expecting not the development team, right? I just told them to, but, well, they were expecting your first company and have a completely different way.

Corey: 07:02 I mean, this was after college. I hadn’t worked professionally yet.

Leon: 07:06 Oh, okay.

Corey: 07:07 Yeah. So, so we were moving out of New York. Yeah. Thank God. And the choices were either too near where my family lived in Chicago or near to where her family lived in Cleveland. And I ended up getting into case Western here. Um, but then they, so they said to me, “You know, we don’t really give financial aid for master’s students, but if you’d be willing to enter the PhD program, we would be happy to make you a TA and tuition would then be free and we would pay you a stipend for being a TA in a couple of classes.” As well as full time taking classes. I said, sure, I’ll do that. Um, so I ended up, you know, TA-ing and getting a reputation for being strict, which has helped throughout my career because you know, especially as being a team lead, all those little strict things that I asked those students to do that long ago is stuff that I’m still correcting people on doing. You know, please sort you’re using, please write some comments, please document your code,

Leon: 08:25 (laughing) Comment your damn code! You hear that everyone?

Corey: 08:29 Sort your damn usings or your imports if you’re in Java for the love of God, have some professional pride in your work.

Leon: 08:40 Perfect. I should point out before we go much further that you wrote a whole series of posts on the SolarWinds user forum. THWACK.com. Yes, that’s… Naming things is hard apparently. So the SolarWinds user form is called THWACK dot com… And Corey wrote a series of I think four or five posts on just how to be a basically good programmer. Jjust you know, fundamentals and we’ll link to that in the show notes.

Corey: 09:05 Fundamentals are fun,

Leon: 09:07 Right. We put the fun fundamentals, yes, I got it. Okay. So you’ve got to case Western. You were a TA in the an a P in the PhD program…

Corey: 09:15 In the PhD program. And then so through various occurrences, I ended up in a situation where there was no money for me to work for the university over the summer, over a summer. And they said to me, “Well we can have you back at the TA the second year, you know, with same salary and everything, but we don’t have anything over the summer. You don’t have to do something else over the summer.” And what, so what I ended up doing was, because I wasn’t, I always wanted to just do masters anyway, was I just said, okay, well I’m going to switch out now to the master’s program and I’m just going to go flat out and get a job. And I ended up getting a job at a company called MRI software that does, um, property real estate management software. So both commercial and residential property management. Um, I worked for them for awhile and I was taking, I took a night class at Cleveland state, uh, to continue on. And then two things happened. Number one was I got promoted very quickly at MRI from being from being a associated, you know, junior level basically to being, you know, mid level. And the second thing was was that, um, I had an advisor who, you know, was an awesome guy but didn’t really give me such great direction in the final project. To the point where I just realized there was no added benefit… I was already in mid level. I was already doing really well. There was very little point in me, you know, basically killing myself to get a master’s that may not have actually helped at that point. You know, people tend to get masters to help fast track their careers and I’d already done that through my own hard work at the company. So did it re would it really have helped me on future jobs to get an added degree there? Yeah. Versus say like a certification which probably would have. So I ended up, uh, dropping grad school, uh, worked for MRI for a little while, uh, then switched to a company called Rosetta. They, I think they still exist, but they’re entirely Java now. They had two departments. They had a Java and a .net. wing And I was part of the .net wing working on a project for this big huge project. That – like many big, huge projects ended up getting canceled. Um,

Leon: 11:58 (laughs) okay!

Corey: 11:59 Uh, for a company called Safeguard properties, but so worked on this pro on that project for awhile and that’s, I mean I started out learning at MRI, but Rosetta was a lot of like where a lot of my foundations really took hold. I had a couple of, because there’s a difference that I noticed, especially for me, this doesn’t apply to everybody, but there was, there was an especially big difference for me in somebody showing me directly, “Hey, this is how you do it and this is why it works.” Versus I had a couple of guys and um, shout out to, uh, Sean and Ed if you guys happened to be listening to this, I don’t know if you are, but shout out to you guys for this, which was me saying, “I don’t understand why this, why this isn’t working.” And one of them saying, “Go look up this feature or this class.” Not saying, here’s “how you do it.” This is just, okay, well write something down, hand it to me and say, “Go look this up. Go look at why this works.” I said, I’d spend, you know, an hour or so researching it and I come back to my, I said, “Oh, okay, so if I do this and this, that should solve this problem.” It’s like, yeah, yeah. And that was just like, Oh, okay. Like the, the direction of you go that way.

Leon: 13:17 Right. It’s not, it’s not, “Well figure it out on your own. Good luck.” It’s, “I’m going to point you in generally the right direction and let you take it from there.” You know, that way, you know, you’re not completely going off on a wild goose chase, but I haven’t just spoonfed it to you either.

Corey: 13:34 Yeah, exactly. So that provided a lot of, you know, the my bedrock, basically during my time there. I ended up then going back to MRI, in a completely different department – internal applications was there working on, because the company had bought a couple of, not exactly competitors, but also you know, software companies that were also in the same market doing different things in the same markets. So they wanted to integrate those systems into their own product. But now they have four different companies of billing and needed one package to the, to your bill in bill, their customers in. So start was writing on that. They ended up switching platforms. I ended up getting let go because the platform they were switching it into, I was not well first and um, apparently product development said “no” when it came time when they asked if they wanted to take me back. So… Which was fine because um, and I’ve told this story to people many times about… And usually in the context of how wonderful of a market there is for .net developers everywhere. But especially in Cleveland. Which was I got let go on a Friday by the following Friday, even with having laryngitis that week, I had about 10 phone interviews. I had two in-person interviews at a job offer by the following Monday I had a second job offer and I was at work the following Friday for at a job that paid more than the last one.

Leon: 15:16 Know your strengths and know the market where your strengths are valued.

Corey: 15:19 Absolutely.

Leon: 15:20 You know, a lot of people in Cleveland, uh, you know, you and I both know folks who are coming up through the ranks of IT and you know, learning programming and they’re learning, you know, “I want to learn Python and I want to learn Ruby and I want to learn… You know, you know, it’s like those are great languages. They’re very useful.

Corey: 15:38 Ruby is a four letter word.

Leon: 15:39 Okay. But there’s no market for those skills in Cleveland. It’s a very small market. We really are very much a production, you know, you know, get it done. .net tradition. I’ll say traditional market. That’s, that’s not a slam on Cleveland. It’s just a recognition of this is what this it market is. It’s not Austin or Seattle or you know, whatever. You know, New York,

Corey: 16:05 Chicago I’ve heard has got a lot of Ruby shops, which is, which is disappointing cause I’m from Chicago and that’s just sad.

Leon: 16:12 I understand. Okay. So that’s how you got from here, more or less, how you got from here to there? Did I did

Corey: 16:16 So, so then I, um, so I’ve got a job at Paragon consulting, which does websites for companies that don’t want to hire full time developers. So using content management system and worked there for awhile and then got a hankering for, uh, working with not with, not working in content management systems anymore. And uh, so moved over to AutoSoft just as a regular mid level. And um, I think it’s been working out pretty well. They’ve, yeah. you know. Now I’m the team lead and you know, things are, things are soaring.

Leon: 17:01 Nice. Okay. So that, so that’s the journey as far as the technical side go, but we are ]Technically Religious here. So, uh, let’s talk about the religious side. You identify, as you said at the top of the show, um, as a Orthodox Jew. Did, you always start off at that level of observance, you know, where, where did you, sorry, let me, let me step back. What does Orthodox Judaism look like for you today? Because, as I like to say, especially on these kinds of shows, labels are hard and they’re often imprecise. And a lot of times when you ask somebody, “What are you?” The first thing people says, “Well… I’m sort of, you know…” And then they give this sort of very qualified answer. So in, in the long form, how do you identify your religious observance today?

Corey: 17:48 I remember one website that would give you a list of choices for which label really worked for you. And the funny part was you would click on like the, on the overall Orthodox part and then there would be eight different choices within that label. And included in that, you know, we have this term “modern Orthodox”, they had it listed twice. First one was with MODERN in caps, the second one was with ORTHODOX in caps. So I’m kind of in between on those.

Leon: 18:28 So you’re camel case,

Corey: 18:29 I’m camel case.

Leon: 18:32 All right, fair enough.

Corey: 18:33 So to me, I live in a very modern world while juggling the responsibilities of an Orthodox… Of a strictly Orthodox Jew. So for those who know that, I know Shulchan Aurch, i know Gemarrah, all those things, you know, I follow and I try to learn and I try to teach my children and whatnot and which, which means I’m carefully selecting the beer I’m getting. You know, when, when the fun car comes around at work.

Leon: 19:05 You know, no, you’re keeping kosher, you’re keeping Shabbat, you’re, you know, doing all that stuff. And for those people who don’t know Corey, he’s also what’s called the Gabbi at our synagogue. He’s the person in charge of making sure that people are running the parts of the service that need to get run and they’re going as fast as they need to go and no faster. And that they stand up when they need to stand up and sit down when they need to sit down. And he also reads Torah at least twice a week to make sure that that happened, you know, so he, he is the glue that keeps things moving. So: knowledgeable and also taking responsibility for things.

Corey: 19:40 I’m the Orthodox Jewish version of a bartender. Nobody notices me unless I’ve screwed up.

Leon: 19:46 Right, exactly. And everyone has an opinion about how to mix the drink regardless. So, okay, good. So, so that’s how you identify today. So then back to the question I started asking, is that where you, obviously you didn’t start off as Gabbi, but did you start off in this type of, or this flavor of Orthodox Judaism or was there a progression?

Corey: 20:06 I was born and bred in the gabbai tanks.

Leon: 20:11 Next to the Kwisatz Haderach on Dune. Yes. I understand.

Corey: 20:16 Uh, no, actually I did not start out religious. Uh, originally growing up I went to a Solomon Schechter school, which is a more conservative, uh, Judaism school. Uh, my family went to an Orthodox shul, uh, the local Chabad. Classically, there are two versions that you’ll find in the wild of Chabad Shuls. One is the, you have all these Chassidic Jews who are all meeting together. In most other locations though they are, where like the handful of Orthodox Jews will be, but where they will get some of the, of the more non-affiliated or nondenominational people to come in and celebrate being Jewish and have some kind of connection that way so that.

Leon: 21:09 It’s the outpost.

Corey: 21:10 It’s the outpost, which was what we were. Um, but we would still drive to shul on Shabbos. We would easily eat out non-kosher and when not. But that all changed, uh, from two major events. Number one was my brother William going to Yeshiva in Israel after high school. Which got me more thinking about being religious. And the second thing was, uh, I ended up leaving Solomon Schechter because of a couple of bullies basically. Uh, and so the only other option as far as Jewish school was wa was, um, uh, an Orthodox one, which is what I went to. And called Hillel Torah in Chicago. I went there and then through osmosis, you know, and through seeing my brother becoming more religious, I ended up following suit there and then ended up going to a more religious high school than he had gone to. Uh, and then when also followed him to into having a Israeli yeshiva for two years, um, afterwards. And then, you know, unlike my brother though who went to Yeshiva University in New York, I ended up going to New York University and more, more secular school.

Leon: 22:42 That solidified your sort of observance as it looks today. And I know that you talk about being Gabbi even at NYU that you were in charge of making sure that the, the congregational responsibilities within the, you know, NYU within the college crowd happened efficiently and effectively also.

Corey: 23:01 Which basically consisted of me in the kosher cafeteria every day yelling out MICHA!!!!

Leon: 23:07 So we’ve talked about your, your progress, your starting and ending point, um, in, uh, technical terms in religious terms. So now I want to focus on the overlap between the two. As a person with a strong religious, ethical or moral point of view. In this case, the Orthodox Judaism, who has a long career in tech, how have those two things, um, what challenges have you found along the way with those, with those two parts of your life?

Corey: 23:36 I’ve been very lucky, lucky in that most places that I’ve gone to, they’ve been very accepting of my religious beliefs, especially in agile environments. When I say, “Hey, I’m going to have to take off early on Fridays, but I’m going to spend more time the rest of the week to make up for that. I’m still going to get my work done.” My sprint work, I’m still going to get, you know, my at least 40 hours. And is that okay? And for, you know, everybody said, “Yeah, yeah, sure. That’s cool.” The only struggle that I had with that was, uh, at one company where the raises and bonuses and promotions were dependent on you’re competing with your fellow developers. So if you had a number of developers who were working 60 hours a week and you were only working 50 hours a week, well they were more in line to get raises and bonuses and promotions, then you were. So for someone who’s, you know, got 24 hours where 25 hours where they’re not on the computer at all. That takes away a lot of times from being able to potentially join those ranks. So that was kind of frustrating and it ended up leading to me eventually leaving that company. Cause I, I’m competitive when I play board games. I don’t want to be competitive in the office. I want to be, I want to be in a situation where I can be recognized for my own work and you can be recognized for your own good work. And I feel like, I feel like morale is better when you have that in a company versus that versus the pressure of “I’ve gotta be better than you.”

Leon: 25:31 Yeah. When it, when it’s the accounting team versus the IT team and they’re up six to four, everybody’s losing. Yeah. But, but yeah, collaborations is far more effective in the workplace then than competition in that way.

Corey: 25:45 There was one other thing, which is minor, very minor, but it’s the fact that people sometimes have a need to apologize for things that I’m so used to for a long time that I don’t even notice it. But yet people feel like they have to apologize to me for those things. The biggest example being kosher food. So your company has a lunch and learn, we’re all going to be learning about this topic and they bring in pizza and of course the pizza has got, you know, pepperoni and sausage and they’ll have a regular vegetarian one, but it’s not kosher anyway. Yeah.

Leon: 26:32 So people are apologizing…

Corey: 26:33 So the people, Oh my God, you know, I’m so sorry. None of the kosher places deliver nearby. And I’m really sorry. I’m like ever since college, and we’re talking now about, you know, 15 years, there’s never been kosher food except maybe a couple of times. And even then it was sponsored by the Judaic studies department. So computer science, I had computer science talks in college. I had colloquium in grad school, I’ve had 10 years of being a professional developer. I don’t expect kosher food. It’s a slight irritation. It’s a minor irritation, but it’s still an irritation. When people apologize to me for not having kosher food or stuff like that, it’s like I don’t, I don’t need it.

Leon: 27:21 Right. It wasn’t even on the table. Like it was never on the table. I appreciate, yeah, I appreciate the sensitivity and you demonstrating that you are sensitive to it, but really wasn’t ever on the… like let’s just have our meeting and keep on going and I’m going to eat the sandwich I brought anyway.

Corey: 27:36 Although there was one company Paragon shout outs to Mark for, for doing this for me who said, uh, “If you want, when we have those lunch and learns, if you’re willing to spend the time to drive over to one of these places, pick up food and come back, I’ll give you the company credit card and you can go out and buy it.” And I was like, “Hey, deal!” And then I ended up, uh, creating a series of lightning talks at the company. So I could not, not just so I could get free food, but…

Leon: 28:07 Okay. I will say though that that especially when you’re dealing with, um, team members who have specific dietary needs, whether it is vegan or gluten free or Halal or kosher or whatever, um, I think sometimes companies they err by saying, uh, “So we’ll, we’ll buy this thing that’s kosher, we’ll buy this thing that’s Halal.” And yet there are nuances to those dietary needs that the person who needs that food understands, but the rest of the company doesn’t. And so you end up in a very awkward situation of somebody said, BUT BUT YOU SAID it was kosher.” “Yes. But it’s not a hecksher. It’s not a standard that I hold by,” you know, or “Yes, you got, you know, gluten free but it wasn’t nut free” or whatever. And you end up with, you know, sometimes for feelings and things like that where as saying to somebody, Hey, we really want you to feel included. Will you go buy, will you go get well, you make sure is sometimes not the burden that it might sound like to the outside person. It’s actually, you know, much more inclusive because now I know the food is going to meet my personal standards. I’m not saying higher or lower. I’m just saying that’s my personal standards and it’s gonna be what I wanted and it’s, you know, I’m not going to have to have an uncomfortable conversation about you just went through literally hell and high water to get this and I’m still not eating it. So I like that. That was really smart. Good work Mark! Okay. So those are some of the, you know, again, nothing major but um, you know, some of the, the challenges between your religious and technical life and I want to spin it around now. Were there any benefits, were there any surprises, positive surprises that you had where you showed up into your technical world and realize that your religious point of view was actually an unexpected benefit?

Leon: 29:59 Uh, I was working at Paragon and at the time we were working in this medical office building, which was kind of weird cause we were all in these offices instead of, you know, being in a room together. Cause it’s just like these tiny offices. And there was one seat open in the room I was in. And Mark says to me, “Hey, we’ve got a guy who’s coming in who’s going to be taking over that seat. It’s a man named Kamran and he’s going to be starting on Monday. And yeah, just make sure he feels welcome.” And I said, “Oh,” me thinking, you know, because we had at Paragon we had, and I think they still do have a fair amount of people from Indian descent who worked there. And I said, “Oh, that sounds vaguely like an Indian name.” And he goes, “No, actually Kamran is originally from Pakistan.” And you know, the, the alarm bells almost went off in my head as it were because okay, now I’m going to be in this situation where I’m working with somebody who’s obviously Muslim and I’m very openly Jewish. I wonder how this is going to work out. You know, not, not being pessimistic, but just like, okay, this is going to be something new for me. Working with somebody who is Muslim. And I am, uh, I was, I had a very positive experience at NYU with, um, uh, Jews and Muslims, uh, being very friendly together. Um, there was, as an example, there was a trip shortly after Katrina hit where they had Jewish and Muslim students going together and rebuilding some houses in new Orleans. And those kids ended up getting along so well with each other that you would see them frequently at the kosher cafeteria eating lunch and dinner together. You know, so very positive experience there. And so I was like, you know, I’m going to, this is going to be new for me because now I’m in that situation and I’m going to, I took it upon myself. I said, I’m going to, I’m going to really try and do exactly like what those kids did. I’m going to. And so, um, Kamran and I ended up becoming very good friends actually of working together and to the point, and of course we would have discussions and discuss. Of course the conflict in Israel in the middle East came up and we had our discussions and there were always respectful discussions. And I remember one time we were talking about something that was in common between Judaism and Islam. At one point I was just looking at me at all, “Why are we fighting? Like so many things that you have in common, why are we fighting?” He goes, “I don’t know man. I don’t know.” Yeah. And the second story, I would come run his holiday party. And those are two very loaded words everybody,

Leon: 33:11 We’re going to have an episode on that coming up soon on technically religious about the dreaded holiday party in the office. Yeah.

Corey: 33:18 But I, I still remember he brought his wife to the holiday party and she was in, uh, she was in full, uh, attire. Um, not, not a burka, but I, I’m blanking on the term off the top of my head…

Leon: 33:31 Hijab?

Corey: 33:31 Yes. On top. And then long skirt or dress or, I don’t know that the technical term for it, but [and I’m like, Oh, I get to meet Kamran’s wife. Cool. And there were a few people ahead of me who were truffle, wanted to meet her also, and she was shaking hands with these people, with these guys. And I’m just thinking in my head, you know, Judaism, we have an idea that the sexes don’t really shake each, you know, make physical contact unless you’re a family member. I wonder if Muslims have that too. And so I specifically did not shake her hand, but then I worried about it for like the rest of the weekend. I’m like second guessing myself. I’m like, did I God, I hope I didn’t insult her. I went in and insult him and I come in on Monday and I said to come on by the way, I didn’t shake your wife’s hand. And he looks at me and goes, “You guys have something like that too, don’t you?” I said, “Where we don’t shake women’s hands?” Yeah. He goes, “Yeah, we’ve got that. Also. You were the only one who knew about that.” And just like, that’s just so cool. So yeah, that’s we, I mean we had a… Mark arranged when we moved to a new new building. Your range for us to have a closet basically that was designated as our prayer space. Which Kamran and I would always joke that if we got another religious person in, we’d have to have a signup sheet. Right. Because especially there was the afternoon prayers were so closely timed where I would go to the closet, and it would be locked. I’m like, Oh, Kamran’s daven… Kamran’s praying right now. I almost said Kamran was davening right now, which is the Jewish term for it. And so that was, that was an instance where it was so, it was so nice being religious and sharing, being religious in tech with this person and becoming good friends even with our differences. So there, that was both. Yeah. Benefit and to surprise. The other, the other benefits have been, I mean there’s, you see really so many amazing people who you really get to see just how respectful people can be about it. Where if you weren’t religious, you mean maybe they’d still be respectful, but there are so many times you find people willing to go out of their way to be accepting of you. I mean, there’ve been plenty of times where I’ve said to my team like, “Hey guys, I got to get out of here. I’ve got prayer services that I have to go to and then.

Leon: 36:11 Sundown is coming fast. It’s winter or whatever it is.

Corey: 36:14 And especially Friday. I mean, so many times we’ve since changed it to a Wednesday to Wednesday a sprint. Right? But there were times where Friday’s last day of the sprint, and I say, “Guys, I’ve checked in some code. It doesn’t work. It’s not, it’s not finished. But I got to go.” And somebody saying, I’ve got it, I’m going to, I’ll take it. You know? And that’s, that’s been a wonderful sight to see, has been, has been those, that kind of reaction.

Doug: 36:45 Thanks for making time for us this week. To hear more of Technically Religious visit our website, http://TechnicallyReligious.com where you can find our other episodes. Leave us ideas for future discussions and connect to us on social media.

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