23 January 2009

What a way to make a livin'

I've been working now at NASA for three days. So far it's been good. I've had to do a bunch of lame orientation stuff but that comes with the territory. Also, it's kind of frustrating that I don't have a government computer yet and likely won't get one for at least a month. I've still got my work lappy, though, so it definitely could be worse. Not having a gov't computer means that I can't access the multitude of server-goodies that I'll be needing for my job. I'll make do somehow.

The folks I'm working with all seem pretty intelligent, which is nice. They also seem amicable enough. I had lunch with a few of them yesterday and while I don't envision myself going drinking with 'em or anything they will probably be good folks to work with. It looks like I'll be primarily working in a group of about 6 engineers. I'm still adjusting to the whole 'cog in the machine' feeling, though. Unfortunately I don't work with any sassy ladies like Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin.



I went out last night with a couple of friends and had some beers. One of the guys is a party boy* like me. He said that when he first moved to the Rocket City he thought it was boring and shitty, too. Now he really likes it and manages to carouse and enjoy himself, which is heartening.

I'm heading back to Birmingham this weekend. I'm going to call that girl from New Years and see if she wants to get dinner or something. It's hard to imagine what this'll be like seeing as I've known the girl for 12 years or more. Of course I could be way off target and she really just gave me her phone number because she wants another booze-buddy or something. I need to stop thinking about shit like that or I'll drive myself crazy.


*Did I mention that someone in Auburn told me that I was a 'party boy'? We were talking about my troubles with Boring Ol' Huntsville at the time. I'm not sure if I should accept the title or be offended. It doesn't sound good to me but maybe it's not so bad. Maybe it's the 'boy' part of the title. How about 'party enthusiast'? That's pretty lame. Uh, 'party dude'? Too Bill and Ted. Fuck it I'll come up with something later. Suggestions? I still don't like 'party boy'...

6 comments:

Ari said...

I wrestled with the "cog" feeling too when I got my first "corporate" job - hell, I still do. It sucks. but it pays the bills and there's always the weekend!!

Instead of "party boy" what about "entertainment enthusiast" or better yet, "prince of parties"....

Apollo said...

I never really had the 'cog' feeling working in my last position, but I guess that's because it was a much smaller office.

"Entertainment enthusiast" sounds like it should go on a business card. Maybe it will go on business card.

Ari said...

Just let me know if you want business cards - 'cause that's what I do for a living...among other things

Apollo said...

I'll be needing new business cards sometime soon so I'll definitely keep that in mind.

Heather Rose said...

My vote is for "Prince of Parties," but that's only because I'm mildly obsessed w/Flight of the Conchords.

Hi, by the way.

Apollo said...

I've only seen a couple of episodes of Flight of the Conchords but I really want to watch 'em all.

Hello!