On the plus side, I have more time now! I was laid off last week! It's a bummer because I really dug working there and I really like the stuff they're doing, but economic realities can't be avoided.
The nice part is that my new job's pretty much lined up. There was another competing offer that came in the day after I signed my offer letter with the old place. As it happened, they sent me an email the week before I was laid off and I hadn't gotten around to telling them to bugger off.
We've zipped through the compulsory figures -- phone interview, references, application, et cetera. It shouldn't be long before I see an offer. Best of all, since the old job is keeping me on payroll for another two periods as part of my severance, it's not impossible that I'll end up collecting two paychecks from two separate companies!
A guy can hope! I'm trying to rush through everything instead of lingering around and enjoying funemployment to meet that goal.
Anyway, zetshia_gudani's out in DC visiting her sister, so I've got the place to myself. I've been keeping busy with a couple of things. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of stonesundial's company at a Project Pimento concert at a tiki bar on the Alameda. Had a lovely time with her and her friend, M~.
Started reading Master & Commander -- it's a great book, but damned hard to decipher. I know a thing or two about sailing, but some of the terms throw me and I simply must understand. Luckily, there's a very credible companion book out there which will eventually get here.
In the meantime, I've started on Dune. I'm enjoying it so far -- they've just set down on Arrakis and the pieces are starting to turn for Dr. Yueh and Duke Leto.
I plan to make a couple of excursions soon. I owe the U.S.S. Hornet another trip. I think I'll hit Chabot Space Center too.
On Friday, I'll have the pleasure of #9's company as well. I'll show her Interstate 60. Likely, a good portion of the evening will be taken up being a good ear & shoulder for her. She and a friend of mine had been dating and she broke up with him a few months ago when another guy came into the picture. I gather that her new relationship's working out, but since I'm the obvious old point of contact, I try to keep up with both of them and let them know that things are OK with the opposite half of the other relationship.
It's, y'know, what friends do.
Caught Rock Band tonight. There's another game night on Thursday that the same friend of mine holds. I promised him that I'd hit both this week. He really wants me to come back more often -- it's just that I need that free time.
After all -- I still owe you guys two days of posts about Kennedy Space Center and the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Not to mention, the launch and California Extreme.
Patience folks. I'm working on it. 8)
Hopefully everyone's been well in my absence!