wow. long time no type, and this blog'll explain why! :lol:
i started my new job about 7 weeks ago, and it has worked me to the bone. so far, i've trailed an engineer in san francisco for 3 weeks (which makes my commute ridiculous at about 2-2.5 hours each way if i have to go into the city, which isn't all the time, but still...), and now i'm up in portland, oregon, on my 3rd week of trailing another engineer. i've had a major test which i totally freaked out about, but at least i passed, albeit my boss graded very easy...
so what do i do, you might ask? i am not working in my precious wind tunnel lab anymore, that job was nice but it didn't pay near enough to pay off my loans and live for the last year due to all my extra work getting pulled due to the economy. now i work for an insurance company that insures businesses against property loss, which mostly deals with fire and natural hazards. i'm a field engineer, and my job is to go out to buildings that we insure and evaluate the risk of fire and other stuff, and try to reduce that risk. basically, i get to tour nearly the entire building, looking at fire protection equipment like sprinklers, make sure they're working properly, and recommend better ways to take care of things. i also look at the structure a little, go up onto roofs, test fire pumps, evaluate maintenance and how they perform hazardous procedures that could create fires or other structural hazards.
it sounds like an awesome job. and it WILL be. but first, before i'm out on my own, i have to trail 3 engineers AND study for 3 major tests :( then, after the tests, in december i get to go to the east coast for 3 weeks of bootcamp so i can get approved to start going out on my own. so right now, i'm putting in near full days of work trailing people, then i get to study in my "downtime". but, when i'm out on my own, i'll get to work from home during the days where i'm not actually visiting a facility. full training takes nearly a year and a half, but i think i start going out on my own and not having to go out into the office sooner than that. I HOPE.
i hate the office. it's an hour commute there, then i get to sit in an uncomfortable chair and study. no, i can't study at home, i have to go there. i don't have an office, or even a cubicle. they have undesignated offices that are empty and if free, i can use them. mostly there are a few empty, but a few days when meetings are occurring, i have to scrounge for a place to park myself. then 8 hours of studying, and another hour drive home. and probably more studying. most of the people in the office are ok, my boss seems pretty cool, but i still don't feel comfortable there. i have my reasons, but that's a WHOLE other blog and this one is already lengthy.
so, to sum it up, right now the job is torture. oregon is nice, but it's tough being away from home for so long. and when i go back, i get to commute all over again. but, hopefully, after i'm all trained, things will get better. gotta keep my eye on the prize, right?
oh and in other news, since i'm doing lots of travelling and our work laptop won't allow me to even look at gamespot or my regular email (let alone install games which i didn't expect to be able to do), i bought myself a gaming laptop :D it's the same one Valek has, a Gateway P-7811 FX. it's AWESOME... when it works :P this is my 4th one in 2 weeks: the first one had a W key that didn't register about half the time (W=forward... um, kind of an important gaming key, huh?), the 2nd had horrible ghosting on half the screen, the 3rd had ghosting AND pixel that would light up if a window was above it, then dim again if you moved the window (i even called gateway tech support and they hadn't heard of that one, and Geeksquad had never seen it, either), and now my 4th one has light ghosting which the manufacturer will fix when i have 2 weeks i don't need my lappy, but otherwise works great.
i can play crysis on high settings if i lower the resolution, and i can play CoD4 at 1920x1200 on high settings with 4x antialiasing. it is GREAT. this thing chews up games and spits them out.
the screen, minus the ghosting, is incredible. i didn't think i'd like the glossy coating, but it really makes things more vibrant. the glare isn't so bad as long as you don't have a light right behind you. battery life is just ok, at about 3 hours without intensive gaming, but i usually plug it in.
the nvidia 9800m gts is good, not sure why they didn't go with gt or gtx, i'm guessing power supply and pricepoint (at $1350 it's not bad at all). the PC-6400 DDR3 ram at 4gb (with a 64-bit vista) is amazing, and the core2 duo at 2.26 GHz just rocks your mom's socks.
the sad thing is that this laptop is hard to find in the stores. i only see it in bestbuy, and i went through all they had at one store and ended up having to drive an hour to the next one that had it in stock. i had to do that twice :P luckily my company is paying for the rental car... AND the gas :twisted:
so, that's the happenings. i gotta study for my next test today, since it's a rare day of no appointments, and my mentor has other work to do, so i get to run my own schedule and study my 8 hours whenever i want. so of course i went shopping (hey oregon has no sales tax! why do you think i bought my lappy here? besides the fact that they don't seem to have them in california... hehe).
hope you're all well, and now that i have my laptop all settled, i should be around more. ttys!