“How’s the new job?”

I must have been asked “How’s the new job?” 30 times last night. It got to the point where I was thinking, “Oh no, not the same conversation again.” So I guess I’ll answer it on here.

– As I mentioned earlier, the new job is at a nonprofit near the airport. Now I’ll say a little more… it’s an organization that organizes and promotes the card game bridge. As a webmaster in the Marketing department, it’s my role to help promote bridge via the web. I had never played a real bridge game at the time I was hired (and still haven’t), but have already become familiar enough with the terminology to be able to write articles about the game.

– I’ll probably learn to play bridge at some point, but I don’t see myself becoming seriously addicted.

– The job has been good so far. I’m doing more writing than I am programming. In fact, I’ve been told that I was hired mainly to be an idea person, and the heavy lifting related to web programming will be handled by someone else. I like that.

– When I do write code it’s generally PHP. I like that too. I was sure I was going to get stuck in another .NET environment. I like PHP better.

– Getting to work with Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Flash, technologies I haven’t really used in a professional setting before.

– Commute is not too bad, about 15 minutes unless there are traffic snarls. I take the 240 loop to Airways. Going to work I’ll sometimes get off at Mill Branch and take Nonconnah Blvd. for the final mile to avoid traffic jams on the 240.

– Thanks to those who have e-mailed me with lunch suggestions. I’ve learned about the Italian Rebel, Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken, and the soul food place on Brooks (can’t think of its name right now but it contains the word “bistro”). Someone also recommended a Mexican restaurant on Lamar, not only for the food but because I can watch the hookers while I eat.

– I arranged for them to give me Thursday and Friday of BBQ Fest off, so I won’t miss any time with the team due to the new job.

– Schedule is 8:00 to 4:45. I’ll probably never get completely used to having to be at a job at 8 but I’m dealing with it. At least when I get to work, there’s usually a fun, creative challenge awaiting me, rather than a screen full of C# or VB.NET code.

So there ya go… now you have your answer. I’m still undecided whether I’ll do trivia tonight, or hit the first week of “Two-Buck Tuesdays” at the Silly Goose (see previous post for details).