By April 22, 2008

Bad Omens

It’s a good thing I don’t believe in omens. Otherwise I wouldn’t have shown up for my first day of work yesterday. Besides the natural sizes (full moon, torrential downpour), there were a few portents that almost kept me in bed.

I also missed my alarm. I sat up bolt upright in bed, and had snapped the table lamp on without realizing it. My heart pounded in my chest, and I picked up my watch to see what time it was. I hadn’t missed my alarm at all: it was 12:34, just a half hour after I had closed my eyes.

This is the first time I had to regularly report to a position within “normal” business hours since 1999. It’s unnatural — and highly undesireable — to wake up before 8:30, let alone be in dress code at my desk. I am pretty sure my little “alarm” anxiety is due to this, hopefully it won’t happen again.

I also treated myself to a zombie dream. I only have those when work is stressful. The zombie theme combined with my guns jamming in the dream … not the first time this has happened, but certainly the first time this happened prior to starting a new position.

Lastly … I got a new video card from someone on Ars, and either the card itself or the drivers for said card corrupted my Windows XP install. My XP install CD developed some kind of cancer since I used it last and wouldn’t load critical DLLs during the install. I tried making a new boot disc, but the only computer left in the house with a media burner was my file server … which had its resolution set too high for my spare monitor. Starbuck took pity on me and brought over her XP install disk. I’m trying to rebuild the machine as I write this. At least I had a spare hard drive just for this purpose.

I am going to try really hard to remain positive about my new job. As a few of my friends have already said, “at least it’s not [the last place you worked].” Yeah, we’re also only on day two, but the drive in and the corporate culture is already making me nervous.

Wednesday is a new day.

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  1. Starbuck says:

    You can do it!!!!!

  2. Ed says:

    Don’t let it freak you out. Try and focus on the positive of the corporate –

    1) Well defined work times, which means that once you are done for the day, you are done

    2) Hopefully well defined work position, so you can really take care of what they need

    You will do fine. The drive might even become enjoyable.

  3. Bonb says:

    Hang in there partner, and just remember, I’m now about 5 minutes from you’re new jorb with many, many tools of distruction on constant orange alert.

  4. Mike says:

    There’s no doubt you can do it.

    Think of it as sociological research or material for a novel. Or a chance to screw with co-workers’ heads. 🙂

    Enjoy yourself.

  5. tc says:

    I think change makes most people nervous, but soon enough you’ll be into your routine and you’ll be rockin’ it again! Hang in there! 🙂