First I’ve missed you all, what other set of degenerates (in a good way) could I commiserate with. Well, I’m back on line and the last 3 months have been a whirl wind of activity, both good and bad and both professionally and personally. Here is a brief outline of what has happened.
Never thought I could find a more backward place then where I was, but I did. When was the last time you had to cut and paste(by hand) schedules for maps together, here it is a regular requirement. The really odd thing is that the other staff people think it is normal.
By-laws and Plans. I think I’ve found the worst set of documents ever. I administer 13 By-laws each having their own peculiarities. For example, null references (referring to sections that don’t exist is common), uses listed only in the definition section, but nowhere else and generally poorly written Plans and By-laws. I think the grey in my hair and weight loss can be attributed to this.
IT Department, the tightest bunch of guys ever. We can’t use typical things online, like canada411 due to security reasons as they feel it was being abused in the past. I can’t even change the time on the clock on my computer to match the others on my phone and the office wall. I have not posted from work, as I somewhat fear the IT guys would track me down.
Sick days, yes you get 15 per year, but only 5 at 100% and after 3 you need a Dr’s note. I also ended up being sent home sick and was docked the pay a month later.
Generally, still super unhappy with my profession and have decided to start trying to figure something else out to do for a job.
Have lost nearly 30 pounds since moving here, from stress and just generally not feeling like eating combined with a bit of riding.
Great apartment, cheap. 13 x 17 foot living room, 12 foot ceiling, bay window, hardwood throughout.
Love life. Had an intense(physically and emotionally for me) 2 month relationship with a hot, smart and rich girl. Unfortunately, she found out a planner’s earning potential is and called things off. There is a bit more to the story, but not much. I have a feeling this is going to take a while to play out, on/off/on/off.
Bike riding, got my new mtb fork (MX Pro 100) and shoes (Sidi Dominators) and also ended up needing a new rear wheel for the road bike (105 on a Mavic Open Pro), ouch.
Had a good time meeting Plannerbabs and playing taxi driver in Toronto.
After waiting nearly a month for my ISP to give me a Ethernet adapter, hooked up my computer, and the monitor was dead.
With the new health care fees introduced here, I now actually take home less than I did before, even with a raise. Not good especially when combined with my girl troubles.
Generally, this has been one of the biggest mistakes I probably could have done. At least you folks are still around to bitch and cry to. Look forward to meeting a few of you at the laefest in TO. Unfortunately, I have a bike race that weekend so I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to hang out.
Today was a really slow day so I am risking posting, plus I don’t really care about this job at all. Once I get set up at home, I’ll be back more frequently.
Finally, to everyone who has had a baby, found out they are going to have a baby, got married, got engaged, had a birthday, found a new job, and/or is generally getting along fine congratulations and keep smiling.