As it’s been pointed out, I’ve been derelict in my posting duties since announcing the new job. I was all too aware of this myself; I’d be looking at my blog and thinking to myself, “Man, I’d write something, but I’m just BEAT.” And so thoughts went unwritten, until now. And Grey’s Anatomy is on now too… coincidence?
First, on New Year’s:
The brouhaha that normally is December 31st (and surrounding days) failed to appear this year. Between psychos, work, lack of money, and getting sidetracked to Florida while coming down from Connecticut, the population of the party was far thinner than years past (especially when compared to last year’s shindig). A sum total of five people who do not normally live in our house were willing and able to attend (though a sixth put in a showing on the morning of the 1st). On the plus side, I’ve got a lot of liquor and beer now.
Next, the job:
The job is good times. Hard workin’ times, to be sure, but good. It’s remarkably nice to read Dilbert and think that it’s about OTHER PEOPLE now.
I have something akin to a cubicle, but bigger and more open, and with a window (through which actual light comes!). There are some photos below the cut at the end of the post, if you’re interested. Thus far I’ve been able to wow folks with my Excel wizardry and Access prowess (the latter I really kinda forgot I even had), and they have me assisting with interviews (one so far, another coming up next week), since the new person will be spending a lot of time pulling me out of their back pocket. Me, I’m just thrilled that there are people to talk to. Working from home was nice and all, but the reason I did it was mainly because no one interacted with me when I was in the office with VZ (owing primarily to the wholesale team being scattered to the four corners of the earth, and less to personality conflicts or whatnot). I like people, and getting to be around them again is really quite nice.
I’m in the office for around 9-10 hours or so, depending on the day, at least for the time being. I’m not only trying to make a halfway decent impression, but there’s a LOT to learn. The systems there are complex the way the back of an entertainment center is complex: at any given point, the answer is obvious — connect a wire from one spot to another — but when you add it all up, the system can get pretty severe. The good news (well, a piece of the many bits of good news) is that the people there like what they do and work hard for their results. Vibes are contagious.
Every now and again I get a whiff of how things are back with the old career, and it sure does paint a picture where I’m the lucky one for having been tapped on the shoulder back in November.
I’m tired, but it’s a good tired. A worthy tired. And I hope that explains the lull in posting.