It's been… one week since I posted here (admit it, that made you think of that Barenaked Ladies song). And it’s for good reason. I had a five-day holiday weekend and then my first day at a new job. So I haven't really had a chance to sit and type anything without being looked down on.
So, I've already noticed some key differences from my past jobs. For starters, everyone at my new office is really mad that I'm here. Apparently I replaced some really nice old lady (who sounds a lot like Mother Teresa) who was let go even though she had eight kids. So everyone is really cold to me and keeps glaring. Okay, none of that is true. I work with really nice people, and they seem genuinely glad I'm here. Not in an "I'm-so-glad-we-finally-have-some-help-because-of-the-insane-amount-of-work-there-is-to-do" kind of way. It's more of a "hey-you-are-new-and-we-are-nice" kind of way. Although the Mother Teresa thing was a big fear I had on the drive in yesterday.
But there are a few differences that I'm actually excited about. First, there's only one floor in my new building. So there are no elevators to deal with. And as evidenced here and here, I don't do so well with elevators. Also, there's good coffee here. They have Folgers! Also, I get to use a Mac Pro! And it has a virtualized Windows PC for parallel processing! (No, I'm not exactly sure what that last sentence means. But it sounds good.)
Anyway, having a job is good. And having a job that's somewhat more nerdy is great. (I have iTunes on my work computer now!)