TMS' new job in NYC Day 2
by, May 4th, 2010 at 10:48 PM (729 Views)
I have come home in a much better state of mind than yesterday.
We put the furniture for the new office together (and the network) so the office is fully functional except... the landlord removed the full size refrigerator that came with the unit (we have no idea why), we still need A/C and the sleepover loft still needs a futon. Yea, its a really nice space.
We actually got some programming done ( I fixed a problem that had been on their plate for a week that involved stuff I am truly qualified for). Today and tomorrow starts my "schooling" on my weak suit - database design. There are many ways to do the same thing in the programming world but now I need to learn their way as well as what the software does.
The latter means more of a headache than you think. Example: I come from a medical programming background which means I got to learn what an ICD9 code is (this is something that someone in medical billing or insurance would know).
I will not tell what type of software we develop, but lets just say it is a new world of hurt for my brain to learn all the things needed to make its functionality make sense. The logic behind most software is usually easy to figure out - but these guys are rather rogue in their approach (like me ) so I am a good fit but I am sure I will be cross-eyed by the end of the day.
I made it there like a pro. Coming home I got on the correct train only to emerge from the subway and walk two city blocks in the wrong direction. Did you know Penn Station is pretty well hidden if you approach it wrong? NYC is going to be playing these jokes for weeks. I can smell what the Big Apple is brewing from here.
I ended up catching the local to Trenton, but not just any local, it was the supreme local which took 81 minutes total to get to Trenton. This was scheduled to miss the connecting train to Philadelphia by 4 min (one is NJT - the other Septa). The next train to Philadelphia is 26 min later on the schedule so the whole ride I was chanting "please get there by 8:09". We got in on time. 8:13.
The train to Philadelphia was late. YAY!!! - 20 min delay. This delay turned into 25 min...no bonus. *sigh*. So, today I left NYC 1 hour and a half earlier than yesterday but got home only 1 hour earlier because of delays *sigh*.
On a side note I discovered I can save $20 a month by buying stack of Septa tickets at the station instead of from the conductor (50 cent surcharge for buying from the conductor per trip...$1 for round trip).
Commute aside, sink or swim probably starts soon.