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Got into work this morning at 8am.

By 9am I had finished reviewing my backlog of emails.

By 9:05am I was looking forward to my next vacation.

Speaking of which - more on the fun and frivolity of the past week(ish) soon - promise - there's just too much to get to at work right now.
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Having a fairly productive morning. Already installed some memory, fixed a problem for one of the Help Desk folks (thanks to my coworker Jeff), noted that the solution might work for another problem, fixed that problem, and now I'm off to install more memory. I needed a productive morning to follow last night's foul up. I managed to erase every picture in my phone - including a bunch that hadn't been backed up. I found it terribly upsetting, but at least I learned some things. I'm using Bitpim and I was mucking around with the file structure of my phone. Live and learn I guess. 

And from the stupid people file: 
(What follows is a rough approximation of a small part of my day - Dilbert Style) 

Their Guy: "Quick Matt! We need to fix this problem right away! The people involved are only free for another 15 minutes! We're on the bridge - join us as quick as possible." 

Now I'm a pretty bright dude so I figure out fairly quickly that the 'bridge' being referenced is a conference call, not a physical structure. As the people involved don't even work for Da-bank, I have no knowledge of their conference call technologies whatsoever. 

Me: "Forgive me for this - but I don't know how to access the bridge." 

Their Guy: "Oh - no problem - just call this 800 number, then enter this 7 digit passcode when prompted."

I call.

And get muzak.

For longer than it took me to type this all out. Good thing that they were in such a hurry. 

Update: Finally Their Guy came on the line and said "Oh hey - I'm going to give you two phone numbers to call Our Other Guy directly." 

He does. 

I try both numbers and get voice mail on both. I reply all to everyone involved giving my direct line (for the second time) and ask Their Other Guy to call me directly. 

I'm still waiting for that call. 

Think that I will write a new song while I'm waiting - it goes like this: "Stuuuupid peeeeeeeeople - they irritate my
braaaaaaain." 


Update 2.0:
I finally got a call from Their Other Guy. I walked him through the 5 minutes worth of work that needed doing. He's going to reboot, test, and call me back.

All I can think is "Did it really need to be that hard?" I'm in a pretty good mood though, so I'm snickering rather than pull out my few remaining precious hairs.
 
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I need to write and draw more. Like a lot more.

Of course these days it really is starting to feel like I need more hours in the day to do that. There are several of you who may be reading this that I owe artwork to. Please believe me when I say that I haven't forgotten you - there's just a lot on my plate. I'm working fast and furious to get it all out a.s.a.p.

Promise.

Tonight was KT's unofficial send-off to Colorado. There were lots of good peeps at the Washington Ale House, and I didn't get to talk to them all because I sometimes just can't handle crowds. I came home a little bit early for some quality time with one of the best threesomes out there - my computer, the intarwebs, and myself.

In addition to some much needed 'down time' I got the chance to chat with [livejournal.com profile] kar0na and it felt good to unwind and just BS while doing said unwinding.

It's already well past my bedtime. Tomorrow it's back to the drawing board, and when I'm done with the jobs I have lined up, I have an idea for another 1100 strip.

Stay tuned True Believers...
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Encountered a well dressed little man down in the lobby while his mom was talking with security.

"How do you get all the way up there?" he asked, pointing to the upper floors where the bank's top dawgs sit.

"Well I gues you climb all the stairs." was my oh-so-witty reply.

So the little man stood up, moved to the base of the steps and got ready to climb.

...At least until his mom saw what he was up to.
Apr. 17th, 2007 01:30 pm

Funny Guy

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The (sorta) new boss just told a joke that clearly included me. This is a first. He tends to be a little on the quiet side (at least when I'm around) and so he's probably been the one on the team who has most been making me feel like an outsider.

The joke? I said something like "How is that thing still burning?" (In reference to the warehouse next door.) His response was "Well if you would stop throwing lit matches on the thing!"

Hoaky, I know, but it was nice to feel 'included'.
Apr. 17th, 2007 01:00 pm

Rediculous

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The building next door is STILL on fire. Okay, maybe it's just smouldering, but close enough. Fire fighters are still here dousing the place. Amazing.
Apr. 17th, 2007 09:00 am

Rediculous

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This is really ridiculous. I'm bored to tears here. At least if I had my access account I could check my email to keep myself entertained. As it stands now, I more or less sit here and listen to everyone else's keyboard click. I messaged Corey already, because we don't really know where he is. I checked with Rich to see if there was something he wanted me to be doing, and his response was for me to 'try to get in touch wth Corey'.

I just want to 1.be useful 2.be learning 3.BE DOING SOMETHING. This doesn't seem like a lot to ask for.
Apr. 12th, 2007 02:00 pm

Yup.

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Sure enough. I finished gathering data from the fourth floor of the other building for Corey and came back to find him working at his desk. As best I can tell, he's got nothing for me to do. Since Rich has off today, he's not likely to feel any pressure to have me do anything. Worst thing about this scenerio is that they don't even have a seat for me to sit in while I wait for them to figure out what to do with me. :l
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It's looking like another one of those mornings. It's almost 20 minutes past 9 and no sign of Corey or Rich. I guess I'm going to head back over to the other building and finish getting asset info.
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Today was the first day since I started working at Barclay that I was working straight through the day. It helps that I finally have the access card I need to get around. It was nice to feel like I was actually doing something for a change - even if it was just recording serial numbers and asset tags. :)
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Finally feels like they're getting me to do something like work around here.

Corey gave me a thumb drive with Ghost and an image. I have the key to access the closet with all the new pcs, and I have a couple different 'moves' to do (new pc installs). I'll be setting up the new pcs, ghosting the drives, running initial set-ups, and recording asset info.

Something vaguely like computer work after 2 days of nothing.

Also - Rich Harrington filled out the form to get me an id this morning. I don't have it yet, but soon I'll be able to walk around like I'm actually supposed to be here!
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While Corey's in a team meeting, I'm taking the cart from one building to get monitors from the other building to bring back to the storage closet of the first building. Got that?
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First part of my day was spent finding a printer. Which was three cubicles away from where it should be.
mrlich: Photo with great thanks to Joe del Tufo - http://www.deltufophotography.com (Default)
Spent the first half of the day doing a lot of walking around "to gather stuff" to image a pc with Corey.

This process seemed almost painful to me since I'm in 'go mode' trying to impress people.

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