First Day

Okay…  First day at a new job…


What’s that old proverb?  “If you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day.  If you teach a man to fish, he will watch you fish for seven hours, but will still not know what the hell he is doing.”


I’ll get the hang of it…but so far the work I’ll be doing has SOME repetition, but not enough that I picked it up in one day.  Most of today I sat and watched someone work (Tara) that knew what she was doing, and she kind of narrated as she did it.  I took notes and whatnot, but there’s a lot of, “Well, NORMALLY this will happen, but sometimes you might have THIS happen and you’ll have to do this…”  It’s a little confusing.  I’m hoping that tomorrow I’ll be able to do the work myself maybe with her (or whoever) coaching me as I do it.


As I said before, I like the slightly more secular vibe around the office.  In one day we talked about going “to the boat” (casino), Fast Eddie’s, and even cursed a little.  My kind of scene.  🙂


I’m a little worried about the money, since I’m paid hourly.  I’m not a big fan of the “hourly” thing, to be honest.  I mean, I totally GET it, and I’m not going to complain about it…it’s not a deal-breaker or anything like that…but I do like knowing a consistent number that I’ll be getting paid in a month.  It’s just that budgeting is MUCH easier (for me) on a salary.  I know I’m losing a little bit of money, but I’m hoping it’s not hand-over-fist.  I also hope I’m not so stupid that I forget to sign in immediately every day.  That’s all a little new to me (it’s electronic, in the same program I’ll be doing most of my work).  That’s another one of those things that I’m sure will work out, but it’s just bouncing around in my head right now…


I’m also freaked out about the drive to work.  I’ve gone from having a 10-15 minute commute to having about a 45 minute one.  That’s HUGE!  I’m burning more gas than ever and that’s going to QUICKLY eat up money.  I’m going to have to get frugal…he said while looking at his copy of the complete series of “Andy Richter Controls the Universe.”  …maybe less money and a longer drive is a good thing for me!  🙂


So that was the first day…hopefully I figure the job out pretty quickly.  I’m sure I will.  It’s just such a different world from what I’m used to, and I’m the type of guy who Mapquests the same place he’s been a dozen times, just to make sure he didn’t forget how to get there.  Here’s hoping I can just trust the road-signs…


Speaking of which…if anyone ever wants to meet at Blueberry Hill, Cicero’s, or Pappy’s grill…I’m RIGHT THERE.  I’ll be taking Delmar to the office every day.  🙂

I’ve Got Work in Like 7.5 Hours!

I had started writing a long, maudlin post about my last couple of days at SLCC…but I’m abandoning it.  I could mention the lunch I was taken to.  I could mention the nice stuff people said.  I could mention how difficult it was pulling out of the parking lot on my last day…but let’s not do that.  I’m excited about my first day with a new company tomorrow/today, so I’m going to focus on that.




Here is the list of people who went out of their way to stop by, see me, and wish me well.  Super-thanks to the following:

  • Deb, Mike, and Dan Pabarcus
  • Keith and Liz McCaslin
  • Michael Chambers
  • Matt Dewitt
  • Harold and Roselyn Merritt (Harold made a special trip to bring me a card, even though he’s been really sick lately.  I was genuinely touched by that.  Told you he was a sweet man.)
  • Billy Jones
  • Linda Wallace
  • Dayna Zoll (Thanks again for the cookies your mom made.)
  • Kent Sanders
  • Doug Lay


I won’t be forgetting that, y’all.


Tomorrow begins a new chapter, or something like that.  Just waiting for my pants to dry (they’re in the laundry) so I can go to bed and get ready for it.  🙂


Current Reading:

  • “Slam” by Nick Hornby.  Hornby is one of my favorite authors.  I bought this book when it first came out and I STARTED reading it, but was put off by the fact that Tony Hawk shows up in it as a minor plot device.  He isn’t really essential (so far), though…  I think Hornby just read Hawk’s autobiography and liked it, so he decided to write it into his story…  The book’s really good,  I’ve read half of it in just a couple of hours, because it’s gripping.
  • “The Importance of Being Foolish” by Brennan Manning.  Manning’s also one of my favorite authors.  I also bought THIS book when it first came out (which was 1995—yikes!) but I don’t think I even started it.  Don’t know why.  I’ve read OTHER stuff of his that’s come out since, in fact!  I’m only a couple of chapters in, but it’s standard Manning.  Excellent and convicting.