left biblioblography: The Story Thus Far...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Story Thus Far...

As some of you may have noticed, I'm not posting very much, making my rounds, or engaging in conversation as often. The back story behind this is as such:

In April, I found a part time job with a Mountain View contracting firm, doing what's known as re- and de-installing (we'd go around as a team to Fortune 500 companies, and move companies' PC's en masse - pulling out cables, PC's, the movers would move equipment to the new site, we'd re-install the PC's, etc.).

So I was doing that for a few months. Then they sent me to Google. I realized then, that this was my big break, and brought my A-game. Sure, it was mostly throwing freight, clean-up, re-installs and de-installs, but I threw myself into it.

Apparently, I caught someone's notice. I started becoming a regular part-timer. Then, two or so months later, I was brought on full time. I went from throwing freight to ticket processor. Then I got assigned to process tickets for the new hire coordinator. He got the axe (to this day, no one will tell me exactly for what, but it had to be pretty damn bad, since they're extremely tolerant there), and voila! I now have a full time position, with benefits, and I have a comfortable yearly salary.

The bulk of my work days now are cram-packed with social interaction, so by the time I come home, I'm just winding down, and so please forgive me if I seem a tad less...the social butterfly lately.

So I do my eight hours, upon which I go to the Googleplex and practice Tai Chi (somewhere between one to two hours worth), eat dinner, and by the time I get home, I'm fairly exhausted.

Oh, and I can speak my mind. Pretty much everybody knows I'm an atheist (one of my co-workers is as well, and we cover the gamut from evolution to religion, in loud tones), and one of the other guys is a conspiracy theorist (with biblical scriptures tattooed on either forearm, Matthew 10:34 and 1 Peter 8, to be exact), and for the record, he doesn't go about touting Youtube videos to support his wild-eyed theories anymore. (I've made it abundantly clear that Youtube is the National Enquirer of the Internet, and I and the other atheist make savage fun of this with comments like "It's true! I saw it on Youtube! HAW-HAW!")

I can guar-ran-tee you, my online persona is very much like my realtime personality: I hear bullshit, I call it manure. I've had some real interesting discussions right there in the warehouse, in earshot of everyone.

I have been told to shut up occasionally (not by any of the bosses), to which I reply, "No. It's called the First Amendment."

So, life is good now, got work and money in the bank. Found a niche, a second home so to speak. And freeee fooood!

Damn, ain't it wunnerful?

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remy said...

I am envious. Congratulations KA.
I am still having to deal with grades 4 to 12, never knowing where I'll be from day to day.Hoping it'll be a good school with kids who want to learn.

Maggie Rosethorn said...

That is great, KA. I was wondering about how things were going. Many cheers.

Krystalline Apostate said...

remy - don't be too envious. Had I the wherewithal to pursue it, I'd love to teach.

Thanks, Maggie.

Stardust said...

ka, I am really very happy for you! Goes to show that if you hang in there, things do improve as long as we persevere and don't give up. That's what I have told my kids and what I still continue to tell them. Life gets better if you can endure and stick it through the down times.

I do understand about not having the energy to socialize after working all day. I work on a project-by-project basis and the weeks I work, the last thing I want to do after eating dinner and cleaning up is more computer stuff.
Just don't disappear altogether, we would miss you lots.

Sword Girl said...

That's awesome! And that's good you can get some Tai Chi in too! :-)

Krystalline Apostate said...

Hey, Stardust! Pleased to hear from ya.
Just don't disappear altogether, we would miss you lots.
Just the smile to cap my evening. Thanks, doll.

Hey sword girl, it's nice to have you by. Hope your doing well.

vjack said...

Congrats on the job. It sounds like a good one. Very nice to hear that you can be yourself without being prayer at, etc.

Krystalline Apostate said...

Thanks, vjack. Yeah, did it all on me little lonesome, I did, no help from on high.

karen said...

I am soooooo Happy for you, Dear Heart! I'd like to echo the congrats for sticking with it through the tough times. I hoope you and Google continue to make a good fit. Gotta love those benefits.
Thanks for filling us in. And don't be a stranger. At least, not any stranger than you already are. ;)

Krystalline Apostate said...

Karen - thanks doll.
No, I'll pretty much stay as odd as I already am (heehee).

mxracer652 said...

I'm about a week behind, but congrats!