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Saturday, August 28, 2004

pros and cons

The first week went by pretty quickly once I got everything up and running. A large portion of the week was just getting a system set up to work on. However, once that was taken care of, I managed to get some work done, with the assistance of my supervisor. The project that I'm working on consists of lots of code, and even knowing where everything is will take some time. But at least I got something productive done, and that's a good start.

I always figured that it would be nice knowing that there would be a pretty strict delineation between work and free time, and that's been true. Of course, it's only been one week, so who knows, but it's been nice to know that when 5:00 comes around, you don't have to worry about anything until the next day, or in the case of Friday, the next week. Of course, free time is smaller in quantity than it was in college, but I figure that not having the sword of Damocles above you, reminding you of everything that you could be doing, makes up for that.

The biggest drawback to being in Birmingham for me is that Kelly isn't here. The problem with your girlfriend being in Boca Raton when you are in Birmingham, is that, well, she's in Boca Raton and you're in Birmingham. We haven't seen each other in over two weeks, but it really feels like a lot more than that. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but I think that distance plays a pretty big role in it too. Add that to the fact that Kelly's really busy now, and the fact that I have working hours and an implied "normal" sleep schedule, and I don't get to talk to her as much as I used to. I don't like that so much. I'm waiting for the day when I get to come home, knowing she'll be there.

Monday, August 23, 2004

brand new day

So, yeah, I had my first day at work today.

If you didn't know, I made a decision (not a recent one, mind you) to get out of the Ph.D. program at Florida and find a "real world" job. I was fortunate enough to find one in Birmingham, and after a couple of weeks taking care of paperwork both here and Gainesville, this morning I started.

I am working for e-systems. You can find out more about them on their web site. My job description is J2EE programmer; this means I get paid to write code.

My first day was equal parts uneventful and...well, eventful. Our office didn't have phone or internet service for much of the day, which made it kinda tough to get stuff done. But I learned a lot of the ropes of the application I'll be working on; tomorrow I get to actually write some stuff. It'll be interesting; there's a lot of Java that it uses that I want to become more proficient in, so it'll be good. Everyone that I've met thus far (I've met all but one person) has been really friendly and helpful, and I think we'll all get along fine.

I know that this is a pretty generic description of what happened today, but frankly I don't really feel like writing this right now...I'm pretty tired. I didn't get a lot of sleep last night, so I'll be trying to make up for it tonight.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

there have been updates...

They've just been on the college football tradition site. For the first time in about two years, I updated the fight song site.

Actually, there have been some behind-the-scenes updates made to a few of the minor pages on this site, but nothing that really warrants mentioning on the main page.

There will be more updates to this site coming soon. I'm actually looking at putting together a new theme to the site, so keep an eye out some time soon.