I don’t know how best to quantify it, except to say that all of this house-buying stuff is freaking me out. I know I said my last rant was just a placeholder, but I don’t think I have anything in specific to say. I’m just glad we’re most of the way through the first portion of this adventure. After we sign contracts, put down 10%, and lock in our rate, we get some merciful silence for 50-60 days, until things go nuts again with the closing and leasebacks. I’m looking forward to when everything is done, they’ve moved out, we’ve changed the locks, and we can actually start worrying about living there.
In the meantime, as I mentioned, I like my job thus far. First off, I don’t feel like I’m living in a police state, with guards everywhere, checkpoints, and so forth. That’s not a big deal, but it’s a nice change. Second, we get to order lunch on the web, and then it’s delivered to us. For free. People complain about it from time to time, but then I’m not yet tired of the standard 30-40 choices, so I will not be complaining about my free lunch. On the topic of food, we have pantries with super-huge double-wide beverage-stocked fridges. We have chips and cookies in the pantry, and all of the normal accessories.
Enough on food though. The people are nice. It’s great! I think the really gratifying thing is that people are not ashamed of being geeks here. I’m used to a bunch of people at the investment bank who are working in IT, but pretending to be well-adjusted social normal people, that don’t work in technology, but are actually some sort of business-person. I find the whole thing nauseating, because at the end of the day, they are all doing geeky work, most will never be anything but people doing geeky work, and trying to pretend you are what you are not seems only to weaken the work done and the impression given. Well, that’s the way I see it, anyhow. Here, people are smart, people are geeks, people work with technology, and they’re not ashamed of it. I think that’s so cool. Geeks rule.
And oh, despite years of trying, I will actually finally really get a business card. This is a silly novelty, but the bank never delivered the ones I’ve ordered, and nobody else would do it in the past. A weird thing to assign a value, I guess, but it’s always meant something to me for some reason.
Oh right, on the people not sucking — everything worked when I got here — my computer was all set, my accounts were all set, I had a desk, my phone was all ready to go (needed to be plugged in, but wasn’t a biggie), had a chair, etc. There were a few things — old stuff to get moved out, a new nameplate to be put in, and a badge to be created for security, but this stuff all happened right away, and I didn’t have to lift a finger to orchestrate it. After having to fight to get a desk and accounts and so forth, this was a pleasant change.