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My new job r00lz

I hope that I get around to writing about Bonnaroo eventually.

Today I went out into the field to do test pits. It was, for the most part, fun. I got really really dirty. And for TP-3 (I did four total) it was raining, which was a bitch and a half, because my notes got all soggy and dirt got on EVERYTHING and stuck. But it was never doing anything worse than drizzling, so eh, what the hell.

The only parts that weren't fun were those when I wasn't sure. For the most part I felt pretty good about what I was doing. (I'll write more about it in its_what_i_do when I get a chance). But sometimes, there would be an obvious color change, say, seven or ten feet down. But I can't get in the hole to check it out, so I have to do it from the side of the pit, which is difficult and makes me unsure. However, I took lots of samples, and we're sending them out to get analyzed, so we'll at least know for sure whether the soil is loamy sand or sandy loam. But it's still up to me to determine where the change happens, and to be honest, I felt like I was guessing a couple times. Oh well, it should be fine, it was all sandy stuff down there, which is just what we want.

Last night I played poker for the first time. No bowling, no dates, I was free for poker. I came out down $3.25, which I think isn't too bad for my first night (we each put in $20 at the beginning). That's a good price for two hours of entertainment with my buddies. I hope that I can make it back next week, too.

Wow, this is a useless entry that goes nowhere, but I never write anymore so I feel like I should do something, but I'm at work and can't devote a whole lot of time to it. Oh, work, I'll talk about work!

I really like my new job so far! A lot of this sentiment, I am aware, is due to the novelty of it all. But still, I really like it! I really like Bruce, and I'm not scared to ask him questions. See, with Wojo, I would finish things, or have a question, and put off going to his office for as long as possible. Which is a lose-lose-lose situation: projects don't get done, I look bad, and I'm not learning anything. But here, Bruce is just at the other side of the room. If I have a question, I just ask it very loudly, and if he can bark back an answer he does; but usually he comes over to explain everything. It's freaking great. I did a concept plan the other day: I went to the zoning board to buy a copy of the ordinance; then I looked up all the relevant requirements (e.g. 50 foot minimum side yard); then I tried to fit a hotel footprint and enough required parking on a funnily-shaped lot. It took me all afternoon, and I loved it. It's a lot of working in AutoCAD, which I enjoy doing. And if this project goes ahead, we'll design the site and the grading and the drainage and the utilities and everything -- a whole actual project, start to finish! Instead of stupid bits and pieces of projects that began three years ago. I am loving it.

Tonight Ott's, then crunking up. Tomorrow a BBQ for Chris's birthday. Sunday a Phillies game.

Life is good.


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Jun. 20th, 2003 01:30 pm (UTC)
Wow, it sure sounds like you have a real adult job there.

Except I love to imagine that "TP-3" is a Star Wars reference and you're actually working in OUTER SPACE, many, many lightyears away. Then I don't feel so bad about the Powerpoint presentation I just lost because I forgot to save it.
Jun. 20th, 2003 02:05 pm (UTC)
Tawdry Jones, I'm PLAYING IN DIRT! That's not more grown-up than computers duh!

In other news, I still have not had a chance to sit down and talk to you for more than five minutes and I would like to do that please thank you.
Jun. 20th, 2003 02:08 pm (UTC)
i hope you wash your hands
Oh, yes, I wholeheartedly agree! We need to make with the meetin' up.
Jun. 20th, 2003 03:49 pm (UTC)
Who did you play poker with? Was it my crew, or a different one. We are always looking for a game. And we suck, so you can take our money(half joking).
Jun. 25th, 2003 03:55 pm (UTC)
You mean all joking, you sneaky bastard.
Jun. 26th, 2003 12:56 pm (UTC)
c'mon, sean is really good, but I am just mediocre.
Jun. 22nd, 2003 04:12 pm (UTC)
I just finally got back on LJ...what exactly is your new job?

Also, poker rules...
Jun. 25th, 2003 03:54 pm (UTC)
Still Civil Engineering, but at a teeny-tiny firm. My boss is Bruce, who was my boss when I first started working at my previous job. He left there a little over a year ago. We got talking at the bar the other night, I said I was miserable, he said he was looking to hire someone, and there you have it.
Jun. 22nd, 2003 09:40 pm (UTC)
hey, by the way, thanks for remembering our anniversary - how did you remember? that was very sweet of you.
Jun. 25th, 2003 03:53 pm (UTC)
I just happened to be passing through your userinfo on the way to your journal on the day (or day before) of your anniversary! Er, I mean, it's on my calendar! ;)

I hope that all is well in Arizona.
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