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Tuesday, November 29
Big news, I came to terms today on my new home. I'm living in the big house, moving stuff this weekend.

I worked late tonight, almost until 7. So, it's safe to say I'm getting a little acclimated to my new job. Not that I feel comfortable yet, by any means, I'm constantly amazed that anyone ever accomplishes anything, since the more I learn about their systems, the more amazed I am at how little sense it all makes.

I wish I had some kind of chip on my shoulder to post about. Not so today. Tomorrow is a big company party that coincides with the beginning of a new seasons' sales. I may learn a lot about the people I work with, maybe some of it will even be newsworthy.

Tuesday, November 22
Day 10 is nearly over and yet I live. I may yet triumph over this city.

In less than 24 hours, weather permitting, I will be back in the home for the holiday weekend. I'm looking forward to it.

The housing picture is becoming clearer, I have two pretty nice options from which to choose. If you were to ask me, I'd probably tell you all about it. Both places have their positives and negatives, but I'm sure I could be happy in either place. In essence, one place is in a prettier place with some real geeks like I'm used to living with but is small. The other is huge, with cool people (but without the real hardcore geekery) and is in a more sterile suburban neighborhood with abysmal traffic. If I were to make the old pro/con list, it would be close. I hope to decide this weekend.

Speaking of traffic, I drove in awful Atlanta traffic for the first time tonight. I think I was only close to an accident once, and it wasn't all that close. I also didn't follow the GPS, I expect I'm getting somewhat more comfortable with the roads. I'd like to come up with some entertaining stories from the road, but really the only reaction I have is to wonder where the fuck all these people are coming from and where they're going.

Back to coming home, I got a reprieve from my boss regarding the brutal travel schedule I was going to have for December. Now I'm coming home Dec. 10 and staying through the end of the year rather than flying down for four days and then driving back up for Christmas. So, you'll have so much Plinko this holiday season you'll puke.

Saturday, November 19
Well. It's day 7 and I'm not dead yet.

Today I am going to make my first foray into the greater Atlanta area, looking for a place to live. I was supposed to have an agent take me around, but the fuck is too busy to help me out this week. I called and complained to the relocation agency, I've been here a week already and now I can't get an appointment until the week after next, great service. So, instead I'm going to hook up the GPS and drive around. There's one apartment complex that looks nice and isn't too expensive and is in a decent neighborhood. . . so we'll see how that goes.

In other news, my computer is nearly dead. It's crashing all the time. Before it was isolated to in games, now it locks up periodically. I've been making arrangements to purchase a new one, but I'm not sure when I'll actually have the funds available. I suppose I'll start working out a budget.

If you're wondering what work is like, or somesuch, I don't have much to say just yet. Half my department was in Asia last week, and some more were in Oshkosh for a few days. I'll know more after a few weeks. I'm not sure how many I would hang out with, but most are at least pleasant, many are nice. I haven't seen much of the deep sarcasm that really makes me feel more comfortable. I think people in warmer climates have less sense of irony. Not having to spend 6 months indoors probably does that to you.

Tuesday, November 15

There, now that's out of the way.

If you're reading this, you already know why I am here and what I'm doing, or you're morbidly curious and maybe I don't want you to know …

Let me get this out of the way, living in a hotel is cheap (when the company is paying for it, otherwise probably not) but it sucks. Especially when the Intertron is slow and the TV speakers hiss and you have absolutely no way to watch hockey.

So, if you're wondering how my new job is, it's crazy and so far it's pretty bland. It's not really fair to judge until my boss gets back from Asia, though. I work in a very nice building, and Atlanta is not nearly as crowded, dirty or frightening as I thought it would be. Of course, for now I just sit in my hotel roomplaying Civilization (thanks, Dave) because it gets dark about 30 minutes after dark and I am not good at unfamiliar roads at night.

I work with some cool people. As normal, I suspect a lot of the most interesting people are not in my department, though. Perhaps someday I'll entertain you with some tales of what they're like, but not yet.

The drive down was nice, at least it was until it got dark. I believe The legislatures of Georgia,Tennesseee and Kentucky got together and decided to replace their exit counting systems with Cracker Barrel restaurants. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

I'm sure there are more interesting things I could talk about, but my head's just not in it. I'll go back to listening to the Senators game via the Uberweb radio.