Sunday, April 18, 2004

The New Job

I promised I'd make a few notes about the new job. I know some of you are wondering.

The first couple of days were just as good as I expected. I've gotten some training about the work we do there, and I've been given a couple of things to proofread. Not much to say about that, I guess. It's good to be using my brain a little and using my skills. I don't miss the transportation industry even a little.

I've also been made to feel welcome. Mike, the IT guy, gave me a tour of the server room on Friday. They've got three linux servers that, together with a Sun server, run the website (actually Web site, according to our style sheet). Also have their own email server, and a Novell file server that plays nice with the Windows machines and the Macs.

I have a Mac -- unix at home and at work! The machine at work is a dual processor G4 running OS 10.2. I've installed Fink and plan on getting mutt for a mail client. I'm using MS Entourage now, and that ain't going to work. But Mac Mail doesn't have threading. And besides, I just like mutt. But that's all for my lunch break on Monday.

I have an office of my own w/ windows and ants to keep me company. In the next office is Margaret, an ex-English teacher who reads good books. I've loaned her Mark Richard's _The Ice at the Bottom of the World_, which I hope doesn't set her against me!

So far so good.


  1. Imported on behalf of: Mike Jasper
    Ooh. An office of one's own. I'm jealous. Cubes suck...

    Hope the new Day Job is treating ya well!

  2. Imported on behalf of: Lee

    Yep, the office is very cool, though everyone keeps walking in and saying, "You know, you can arrange the furniture anyway you like."

    I'm starting to wonder what's the matter with the way I have it arranged. Guess it's time to bone up on my feng shui.

    Hm. To "bone up on feng shui" sounds vaguely euphemistic, doesn't it?

    Has anyone else noticed that the cookies have mysteriously started working? (Yes, yes -- this too sounds euphemistic. You people need to get your minds out of the gutter!)

  3. Imported on behalf of: mck
    **lack of burgeoning**

    where are the whacky baby stories, and the burgeoning? those of us with new young'ns need humorous guidance.

  4. Imported on behalf of: Lee
    "Burgeoning" was written in a fit of optimism.

    There are at least three factors contributing to the lack of humorous guidance: 1) give that Ella Rohan about another week and then give yourself another couple of weeks for the fatigue to really kick in and you'll see why I don't have as much free time and energy as I'd like for the weblog (humorous enough? I'll try to think up something better) 2) It's now Spring in Virginia w/ attendant lawnmowing, etc. 3) I've been out of town at a conference for this job.

    To eleborate on #3, let me just say that today, before I left said conference in Colonial Williamsburg, I had to hear a harp being played. It was only for a few seconds and only in passing. But still.

    And of course there's always number 4 -- sheer laziness!