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One day down, (N) to go. [Oct. 1st, 2007|09:46 pm]
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Survived the first day at the new job. Spent time filling out paperwork, getting parking sticker, campus ID, tour, lunch, desk, laptop, e-mail, phone, and all sorts of fun new things like that. Even did some official job function stuff, because even on the first day, I figured it was best to do some real work.

Upside: Campus is really small, and I should get to know most everyone pretty quick.

Downside: There's nothing in the middle of Weston. Food options scarce.

Upside: I have my own office! With a window! And a door that locks!

Downside: I'm in the basement, so the window starts at head level when standing. I don't expect much view. Plus, the office isn't in good shape at the moment.

Upside: Shiny almost new laptop!

Downside: They're PC-centric, with an Exchange server.

Upside: My building is one of the few on campus with WiFi!

Downside: See above. Plus, I get *zero* cell signal. See prior comment on the middle of Weston.

Upside: The College is at a turning point, really starting to make forward momentum.

Downside: Objects at rest, Newton's laws, must put up with the past while reaching for the future.

Upside: Better commute, shorter hours, more flexible time, more holidays.
Downside: Fewer sick days (but I don't use too many), longer lead times on picking vacation, going back to 3 weeks/year vacation.

Upside: Being very in charge of my own day to day.

Downside: I suspect the increased quantity of cycles used in the scheduler queue will slow down simple multitasking in favor of complex multitasking. We'll have to see how various algorithms perform under real world load averages.

Upside: New and exciting things to do!

Downside: New and exciting policies and procedures and cultures and politics to have to learn and adapt to.

Sometimes it is as hard to let go of the tiger as it is to hold on...

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[User Picture]From: laurion
2007-10-02 11:34 am (UTC)
That's true! It's been a while since I went to Vidalia's too. Poke me off LJ, and let's figure something out...
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[User Picture]From: metahacker
2007-10-02 04:18 am (UTC)
I think I forgot to say, "Yay new job!"

The first 90 days are really the honeymoon/settling time/final interview anyway. Make the most of it and they'll see you as the invaluable person you are.
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[User Picture]From: metahacker
2007-10-02 04:19 am (UTC)
Also, there is food *near* Weston, if you go west or south and west. Just not very much. (But you probably know that as likely your commute takes you down 30 past some of the options.)
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[User Picture]From: laurion
2007-10-02 11:36 am (UTC)
Yes, there's a pastry shop on 30 that I will try at some point, and there are a few things once you get to Wayland, around the 30/27 intersection. I can also go north to Rt. 20 and find some things there, but none of those are actually in Weston, AFAIK.

Of course, not so far in the other direction is Waltham, Moody St, and the plethora of options there, but that's a bit longer of a drive for a casual lunch.
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[User Picture]From: faerichilde
2007-10-02 11:44 am (UTC)
Congrats on the new job. For another month or so, there's Landsake farm down the road. Not so much a restaurant, but there is a farm stand, and what's better than fresh veggies for lunch? (Mike's sister is a farmer there)
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[User Picture]From: laurion
2007-10-02 11:57 am (UTC)
Hi! Haven't heard from you in forever! I'll look into the farmstand, but I usually like a little more protein at lunchtime. I'll bring peanut butter.
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[User Picture]From: salmonpi
2007-10-03 01:38 am (UTC)
Wow, I own a CSA farmshare from Land's Sake! What's Mike's sister's name? I'll be there Thursday for a members bbq thing, maybe I'll run into her.
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[User Picture]From: faerichilde
2007-10-03 11:36 am (UTC)
Mike's sister is Laura...she's iffy about whether she goes to the CSA things though.
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[User Picture]From: mabfan
2007-10-02 12:12 pm (UTC)
I taught at the Cambridge School of Weston for six years, so it's interesting to hear that you're working in Weston.
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[User Picture]From: amuronomiko
2007-10-04 01:39 am (UTC)
Another Cambridge School employee who's a friend of Chad's? Do I know you?

~Shelby
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[User Picture]From: mabfan
2007-10-07 12:04 am (UTC)
I don't teach there now; I was there from 1995-2001. However, if you're working there now, as it so happens I'll be visiting the school next Friday...
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[User Picture]From: dkaine
2007-10-02 05:30 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the new job! Glad to hear all the pros and cons... it seems like some of the cons are things you can work with (pc-centricness, and turning point placement for the school), and the pros sound worthwhile. Just wondering, who's taking over for you at Deis?
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[User Picture]From: laurion
2007-10-02 05:40 pm (UTC)
A friend of Nick's, named Charlie. (Charley?) He's got Apple Genius training/background, so he's already got support, service, mac experience. He starts next week.
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[User Picture]From: amuronomiko
2007-10-04 01:40 am (UTC)
Gimme a call sometime and we can do lunch! Yey working in Weston! Brueggers is tasty for lunch..they make nice salads.
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