With my last post being on February 26th, meaning that it has been over two weeks since my last post, I guess you can say that I went dark, or underground. Of course, prolonged absences are not unusual for me and my weblog. I’ve done months before. But sometimes things happen…
So what happened?
Well, I got a job. Nice place, good work. I’m back at a small company again, and let me say that after four years working at BellSouth/AT&T I don’t think I ever want to go back to a giant corporation again. Too much politics and middle management. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my work, and the immediate team of people I worked with, and at the end of every segment of the project when the people who had been giving us hell and ulcers for months finally broke down and said they liked the work and looked forward to using it and copious rounds of attaboys for all it was sweet… but the bureaucracy of meetings and playing the blame game and jockeying around all the folks who want to make sure they get all of the credit with none of the responsibility… well… to be blunt, fuck that. There are only so many times you can have someone hand you a problem they spent no time looking into and after you spend a few hours or days digging through it you discover that not only is it not your responsibility but that the only person with the ability and authority to fix it is the guy who passed it to you before you want to strangle someone. But I’m out of that now, and I hope never to go back. Getting a new job, though, does mean a bit of a learning curve as I feel out the new folks and the new company, get up to speed on the products and projects, so the first couple or three weeks are always a bit of a cram-fest. After nearly four months of being unemployed, working feels good, especially in this economy.
On a non-work related note, a place where I normally hang out has become a place I don’t want to hang out anymore. Have you ever had a group of people that you liked to be around, except for one guy? Its always that one guy, the one who seems to want to be a part of the group, but doesn’t seem to know how to do it. He joins in every conversation and drives everyone away, or into fits of anger, as he insists that he knows more or better than everyone else, despite repeated showings that he clearly does not. Well, one of my favorite places to go has one of those guys, and in the past I have had varying levels of success in just ignoring him or putting up with his crap, but recently he just pushed a few too many of my buttons a few too many times, and as much as I love the rest of the people I just can’t handle the anger and frustration that I feel in having to deal with this monumental douchebag on a daily basis. So, my choices are to continue to go there and feel pissed off all the time, or stop going. It is depressing. Perhaps I’ll return there after a nice long stay away.
All in all, however, life is good. And I’ll be back to posting more soon enough. I’m even going to bring back movie reviews since my idea for doing a movie review site didn’t really pan out like I hoped. You’d think being unemployed would equate to having more free time… but looking for a job in a shitty economy is hard work and more thoroughly exhausting than actually having a job.