04 October 2004 @ 06:08 pm
So, with no traffic, it takes me 45 minutes to get out there (down 66 in VA, almost walking distance to Fair Lakes. About 35 miles from home.) Eep.

Today was all orientation, all the time. It's so exciting to see all these procedures done by a, you know, professional company. 40 people in our orientation class (which they hold weekly.) They're going through a big hiring phase right now, so if anyone is still interested, give me your resume and whatever. They just got some big new contract literally last week.

And heh, I was the only person in the orientation group to have never used Microsoft Outlook. Whoopsie!

Always feels funky filling out the 'in case you die, who gets your benefits?' forms.

While I am now salaried, they actually haven't found a position for me yet. Oddly, I have an office, which I saw today. Tiny, and I share it, but you know, money, so whatever. And I still get to show up at work bright and early tomorrow.

Bad news: they frown upon using computer for non-work things, so my time online during the day will be very limited. Oh, and the other bad news is I don't technically get paid until the 25th, so one more slim month for me.

Drive home, entirely acceptable levels of traffic, most of the way. Took me an hour to get to where 95 hits the Beltway. Of course, that's where the traffic started bad, so still took over an hour. If I can get out at 4, though, it might all work out. We'll see. Gotta learn how traffic flows and all. And hope today wasn't a fluke.
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Robert E. Allen IIIwarmaster on October 4th, 2004 04:09 pm (UTC)
Commute: le suck

Ehn, all companies "frown on using computer for non-work things". Just do your work first and right and no one cares.

Dr. Aculaoontzgrrl on October 4th, 2004 04:28 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! I missed the post where you said you had a job! Congrats! Where are you working?

Alan Weaver is looking for a job btw. hit me up on AIM.
PMMJcheetahmaster on October 5th, 2004 09:06 am (UTC)
Oh wow! I missed the post where you said you had a job! Congrats! Where are you working?

I sort of snuck in the good news a while ago. I'm working at SRA in Ye Olde Fairfaxe, Virgninny, and *positively delighted* about the commute.

Alan Weaver is looking for a job btw. hit me up on AIM.

I'm on AIM even less these days, if that's possible. Give that bastard my e-mail address, tell him I need resume.
Dr. Aculaoontzgrrl on October 5th, 2004 10:54 am (UTC)
You know what would make your commute better? Moving to Virginia. :)
PMMJ: Kareem vs. Brucecheetahmaster on October 5th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC)
Oooh, you'll get yours, missy.
keep it dark: frustratedsnidegrrl on October 4th, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC)
my time online during the day will be very limited.

yeah. ditto. le suck!!!
salami_salomesalami_salome on October 4th, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC)
Noooooooooo! What is Livejournal without your guys' constant presences?
PMMJ: Magneto was rightcheetahmaster on October 4th, 2004 08:43 pm (UTC)
Insert "quality vs. quantity" joke here.
salami_salomesalami_salome on October 4th, 2004 07:36 pm (UTC)
Here's to gainful employment. May it prove satisfying and lucrative. =)
Capncaptain_boots on October 4th, 2004 08:22 pm (UTC)
Well, it varies a lot. 4pm will be a decent time most of the year I think. Even 4:30 isn't too awful. I'd wait until you've got a few Thursdays and Fridays under your belt though. Usually the traffic gets worse as the week goes along and people leave work earlier and earlier. Generally when traffic starts to get like that, it will get bad either on the opposite side of the spur or in the middle of it and stay slow until around Georgia or University.

Well, hopefully things are different. I get off the highway at 187 now, so I don't see past that point.
PMMJcheetahmaster on October 4th, 2004 08:43 pm (UTC)
At the moment, I'm pretending Friday afternoon doesn't exist.
Jenexamorata on October 5th, 2004 07:10 am (UTC)
Fridays, it will take you at least 2 hours. Seriously, might as well get used to it now. It often takes me 1.5 hours and I'm only at 270. Friday /mornings/ however are often a treat. So it, uh, theoretically balances out.
PMMJ: Sandscheetahmaster on October 5th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
I should figure out some place to hang out here for those two hours instead. Like that sushi place right around zhe corner...
Jen: hrmexamorata on October 5th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC)
It's an option! Personally I'm always in such a damn hurry to get the hell out of Rockville that I just make sure I have a good CD in the car for the trip home.

ALSO, there is the books-on-tape option!
PMMJ: Book Kittencheetahmaster on October 5th, 2004 09:04 am (UTC)
today's side note
It seems books on tape and I don't get along. I think it's mostly an attention span thing for me: I could read, or drive, but not do both well at the same time.
Strange Detractor: squidprofessorbooty on October 6th, 2004 09:33 am (UTC)
When I was on the 8pm to 8am shift in Herndon, traffic (towards Arlington/DC) in the morning was so bad that it was preferable for me to browse the internet or go find some place to have coffee and reading time until 9:30 or so. Once I got used to this, it wasn't so bad. Before I got used to it, I was ready to kill people every single day.
Me!ceciskittle on October 5th, 2004 11:28 am (UTC)
Yeah first day! The commute might be tough, buty it is a steady income. So YAY! :-)
caereala on October 5th, 2004 01:37 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... almost walking distance to fair lakes=very close to my apartment and possibly walking distance. I took a quick peek at their job listings page. Any idea of what level clearance is required when they say ability to obtain an active clearance?
PMMJ: Sandscheetahmaster on October 5th, 2004 08:53 pm (UTC)
I think they mean just that. I'll let you know how tough the process is, once I actually go through it. But IMHO as long as you aren't a spy or something goofy, you should be fine. If you're actually interested, send me a resume, I will pass it along.
Strange Detractor: serizawaprofessorbooty on October 6th, 2004 09:36 am (UTC)
What if you're an avowed anarchist whose mother is on Alexandria's list of suspected occultist ringleaders?
Strange Detractor: gojiraprofessorbooty on October 6th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC)
Can you request a 10-to-7 or 11-to-7 schedule? This is what I worked at both Digex and UUnet, and it made a world of difference in both cases.
PMMJ: Memento - the Factscheetahmaster on October 6th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC)
Re: ...
Have to get a placement before we start discussing long-term schedules.