For the first time in my life, I rode my bike to work. For the last time in my life, I rode my bike to work. Just kidding. :-) It took me less than 20 minutes door to door and the drive takes over 10 minutes, so there really isn't much difference, except that I enjoy riding my bike tons more than I enjoy sitting in the car.
First thing in the morning, I got annoyed at the idiot that was calling me at 8 am. I had only been at work for 15 minutes and it was bad timing. I wanted to get busy reading/learning. Who was it? It was the damn alarm clock I set and forgot to turn off. Oops.
I'm still not sure which group I'm in and who my real manager is. But there seem to be several of us that are confused. I guess possession is 9/10ths of the law, so I'm going with those who claim me regardless of what the computer says.
Lots more learning today. Get mail setup and add myself to a few groups. Read various things about culture etc. Orientation classes are now fairly short, not the full day thankfully. The full day was really helpful. It's just really painful to be in meetings/classes all day.
The comment of the day was: "Since this is a place of business, by law we aren't really allowed to provide beds, otherwise we would. As long as you can go without sleep, you are welcome to live here." That's a slight paraphrase, but the idea is the same.
No free dinner for me tonight, I didn't feel like waiting the extra 10 minutes. Besides, I just bought a bunch of food for home. I gotta use it or lose it.
I was really planning on leaving at around 17.30, but I started talking to another noogler and his buddy. That lasted for almost an hour. So far, it's been pretty easy to have interesting conversations there (or here, whatever you get the idea).
I might have lined up 2 projects to work on and the balloons haven't even dropped yet. Oh, I didn't tell you the balloon story. When I get to my desk I get lots of kisses. No, no Hawaiian beauties waiting with leis unfortunately (I guess they gotta draw the line somewhere). These were the boring Hershey's type. The kisses are weighing down several mylar balloons to announce to the office that a newbie works here, use caution. My mentor told me that I had until the balloons lose all their helium and drop to the ground to decide what project(s) to work on. If I hadn't made a decision, I'd be fired. Ok, not really fired, they'd just work to find me something.
The first project doesn't really count, since it's pychecker. I know something about that. At least I used to know something, I'll have to check if there are still any marbles rolling around upstairs though. The second project seemed pretty cool. It dealt with improving hardware defect management. Man, it sounded much cooler before I sanitized it.