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.  🙂


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