The Leaving Gap

Posted by Chris on November 14th, 2007 filed in Uncategorized

When getting new employment, some strange things happen in that gap between the “leaving” and the leaving. Obviously, you have a few things to get done and hand over, but besides that, what is there? A sad side effect of what I have (or more precisely haven’t) been doing the last couple of years is that there’s virtually nothing in my cubicle to take home. Some stuff people gave me when returning on trips. A USB can cooler, and a jelly belly dispenser. Oh, and a cookie-carrier-thingie. Other than that, there’s some crackers for the soup I usually eat… and papers I can’t take anyway.

On top of that, I haven’t even told everyone yet, that’s for the external staffing people to do. So I’m sitting here, avoiding new work and doing what I usually do. Kill time until a panic happens.

Which brings me to another thing. I’ve noticed small/irritating things more since I accepted the new position. The lack of doing anything for one, sure. How I’m on a ton of mailing lists that go to my whole group when they’re completely irrelevant to me. The pointlessness of any meeting with more than a small handful of people. That kind of thing. None of them are bad in and of themselves, I think. Not being able to do chat or gmail is a big one that’s bothered me for a long time.

It also is easy to start comparing new to old. New means free pop. Old means $1.25 at the machine or $1.28 at the kiosk. New means no dress code at all. Old means business casual and they just stopped wearing full suits a few years ago. There’s the financial stuff, sure. But that’s a subject for later. New means full access to the interwebs in all of their glory. Old means a slightly dumb firewall tha doesn’t really work all that well.

A self-signed SSL cert and some web proxying can get around slightly dumb filters. FYI.

Also, I tend to think about the environment itself. I think that people like either two environments. In the mix with stuff going on like crazy, or private offices. Note that a cube farm is neither… I’ll take an office, but a trade-floor type environment means that things are going on and you know what is up. You’re in it, and can hear the screaming. A cube farm means cheaping out on everything. Either of the others means you’re going to get quality. Chairs, screens, people, everything will be better than in a cube farm. Cube farms are for java programmers. Java programmers are kind of maligned for a reason. You’re actively using a language that assumes you’re retarded.  Again, a rant for another day.

Suffice to say things are different, and nothing has changed other than the future…..

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