Sure, the decade doesn’t start until 2021, but:
There was no “year zero”, but there also was no “year one” or “year  one hundred”. So it’s absolutely fine to count decades in a  human-friendly way, by tens.
In any event, in my culture, index count starts at zero. By my culture, I mean programming, of course :)

It’s hard to believe how much my life had changed in the past ten  years. In February 2010, I was probably sitting in my apartment in  Moscow, minding my own business, having dinner with family, or maybe a  coffee with friends. 10 years later, I work in a completely different  industry, I’m live in a different country on another continent, I’m 60  lbs heavier, 1 inch taller (!), and have 80% more gray hair. I also like  to think that I’m much wiser than 10 years ago, but life has its on  ways of proving me wrong on this again and again :)

Here’s a quick look at the past decade and a look beyond 2020.



I started the decade as a radio personality. I was an editor of a few  popular radio shows back Moscow. I also popped on air myself every now  and again, and I mostly enjoyed it, and couldn’t really imagine myself  doing anything else.

At Mom's
Don't ask

However, by 2010 it was clear to me that my birth country is heading  in a direction incompatible with my values. It’s been pretty clear for a  while, and ever since 2006 my family was low key looking at our  immigration options. In 2010 I came up with a plan, and started working  on implementation.


In fall 2010 I visited London, Ontario, Canada. I toured local  schools, exploring programs I could take. At the time, Canada offered a  pretty generous immigration path through education, and that was the  plan.

Niagara 2010

I’m eternally grateful to my friends in London for making this trip  possible. This trip kicked-off the decade of adventure and change. After  coming back home and discussing with the family, we came up with an  action plan to move to Canada by fall 2011.


First Immigration

On August 20, 2011 we left Russia with 3 suitcases and some carry-on,  and 11 hours later landed in Toronto, Canada. Our wonderful friends  drove us to London, our new home. Later that year I started Multimedia  Design and Production program at Fanshawe. I’ve been doing some tech  stuff all my life, but this time it was official: I had proper  programming classes and projects.

Niagara 2011

These were exciting times of discovering a new country, new way of  life, new industry. We fell in love with Canada, Southwestern Ontario,  Toronto, and everything around. These were challenging times too: we had  very limited resources, no family around, school was challenging,  overall adaptation to the new reality wasn’t always easy.

Anti-Putin Rally


On May 1, 2012 my wife won a Diversity Visa (“green card lottery”),  which granted us permanent residency in America. We considered it for a  few hours, and chose to go through with the process and move to the  United States. In December we got our visas, and landed as permanent  residents on December 30, 2012 via Buffalo, NY.


In 2012 I also joined a small software project, which introduced me  to software development and allowed to sustain the family for a few  years.

In Huron Park


Second Immigration

We stayed in Canada until I finished college, and moved to Vancouver,  WA in May 2013. Initially, we were considering Grand Rapids, MI, but  after a quick trip to Portland, OR, it became an obvious choice. We  packed our apartment into a UBox, hopped on a plane and landed in PDX a  few hours later. We’ve been living in the Pacific Northwest ever since.

Huron apartment


We started 2014 in Las Vegas on our Big California Trip. We flew in a  single-engine airplane over Hoover Dam. I was a student pilot,  recording over 50 hours of flight time, including a few amazing solo  flights over the Cascades. We traveled a lot, exploring Oregon,  Washington, Pacific Coast, the mountains, and everything this incredible  region has to offer.

NY in Vegas
Day at the ocean
Fire at the ocean


In 2015 we bought our first house and settled into our quite suburban  life. Arguably, it was a bit too quite at times, so we traveled a lot  and had some fun along the way.

SB 49
Mt. Hood

We’ve got our kittens, Trish and Dice!


I also was performed my first solo flight as a pilot of a single engine airplane!



This was arguably one of the toughest years of the decade. A lot has  changed, and we had to adapt to our new reality very quickly. I’d say we  did a pretty good job.

One of the highlights of the years was our trip to the East Coast - DC & NY and spending 2 weeks with my parents there!

Lady Liberty

In December, I started working as a contractor at Intel. It was my first non-self-employment job in America.



2017 was a year of most change since our last immigration.

In 2017 I became an uncle.

In 2017 We sold a house in Vancouver and moved to Seattle area.

Moving North

In 2017 I started working as a contractor at AT&T.


As always, we traveled a lot.


In 2017 Chester Bennington of Linkin Park died of suicide. We had  tickets to their show later that year, and it was difficult to contain  our excitement about this upcoming concert.

We organized a memorial in Centennial Park in Seattle.


The year of Broken Leg. I broke my leg in February and this event defined pretty much the rest of the year.


In September, my contract with AT&T ended, and I picked up a 5-month project with a small company out of Kent.

Parents visited us in the fall, and it was one of the highlights of the year.


Finally, this happened:



2019 was a year of re-evaluating where I’m going and where I want to  go. A year of being more true to myself than ever before. A year of  strategic decisions and steps. The year of righting the wrongs, a year  of self-care, inner peace and progress.

In May I picked up a 5-month project at Microsoft. It was a fun ride,  I learned a lot an met some cool people. I believe that it paved the  way for the next chapter of my life.


In December, after the most deliberate and exhaustive job hunt I’ve ever performed, I landed a job at Auth0. It is as close to dream job as it gets, and I’ve got pretty high hopes here :)


2020 and beyond

I enter this new decade with a lot of baggage that will require  taking care of. Some things will be left behind for good, some will  manifest themselves in unexpected ways. I will keep working on my mental  health, family relationships, building new strong friendships and  working on straightening old ones. A lot of work is ahead, and I’m  hopeful and optimistic.

Here’s to the new decade! Cheers! 🥂