On day one, I missed the 8:55 train into the city and had to sprint for seven blocks with my laptop bag and leather jacket. Needless to say I arrived red-faced, sweaty, and short of breath. I then hobbled from foot to foot in the lobby area to do the sneaker to heels switch. One of the Ops guys gave me a curious look as he entered the building.
"Uh. Hello!" I croaked, waving with one shaky hand while balancing myself with the other. He nodded, still staring as though I was a rare bird found only in the Amazon rainforests. Apparently my efforts were totally unnecessary since most of the team didn't even arrive until after 10am. Bah..
On day two, I decided to drive and try my luck at street parking. My plan seemed totally doable when I discovered a couple of streets had two hour parking instead of meters. Absolutely totally doable, until I became distracted by pages and pages of FAQs and forgot to move the car. Bah! The SF Dept. of Parking & Traffic slapped me with a $50 ticket.
On day three, I decided to do the daily parking thing at a nearby garage. I was told the garage would accept cars until 10am. But well, that was actually 9am. And it was 9:45 when I rolled in there. I drove around muttering profanities for a good ten minutes until I miraculously found non-metered, all day, street parking just a few blocks away. Which was awesome...minus the fact that I just happened to be lucky that morning, and spaces are never available unless I arrive at the break of dawn. Bah!!!
Besides the one downfall of no longer having garage parking at work, the new job has many great perks and happy, passionate employees. On Friday, we celebrated (well really the team celebrated, I just clapped mostly) the recent ad launch with bottles of champagne and lots of picture taking. It was good champagne too - Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin - not the $10 bottles you get in the chilled section of Safeway.
I'm trying to absorb as much information as I can, but there's just so much that it's hard to get my head around it. Already I have ideas forming but most if it is scattered about and I really can't put anything in place until I get more situated. Plus, henrylyne says new employees shouldn't really be doing anything for the first week. ;) It feels good to be excited about work again. I'm looking forward to when I can finally make real contributions to the team.
Until then, I'll just be reading docs and enjoying the free snacks in the kitchen.