Monday June 12, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_23

The weather was very pleasant - summer on the SF Peninsula.

I have a contract starting next week. It was going to start this coming Wednesday, but they've postponed. So I get two more days of freedom. (Note the dual meaning of the word "freedom". It's free because there's no money involved. Sigh.)

The bad news is that the Company is, shall we say, not conveniently located for commuting to and fro. Driving would be about an hour each way, depending on time of day and traffic, plus the stress of negotiating the freeway and avoiding the other drivers. I didn't much enjoy driving down and back for the interview!

The good news is, I can take the train. Between that and the Company employee shuttle at the other end, the commute will be feasible — still long, but feasible and much less stressful. The existence of the train/shuttle combination was a requirement for me to accept the contract.

I set my alarm clock on Monday to try some dry runs. It takes 15 minutes by car to get to the train station. The traffic is fairly light in that direction at the time of day I'll be going. Parking won't be a problem. I'd say I have a plan.

I had to drive down to the South Bay to fill out paperwork at the agency that is handling my contract. I'm sure they couldn't see any inconvenience in this. After all, the Agency is less than 5 miles from the Company. From my point of view, there's no train access to the Agency. At least I could drive down and back in the middle of the day.

On Sunday, after breakfast, we walked over to the nearest train station (not the one I'll be commuting from; it's not as well served) and bought a "10-ride" ticket for next week. I guess I'm set to go.

This week I read The Body of a Woman and The Blue-Eyed Boy, Thames Valley Police mysteries by Clare Curzon. I also read Disappearing Nightly, a delightful urban fantasy in a new series by Laura Resnick.

We watched X-Men United (excellent!), Shanghai Noon and Rush hour on DVD. The latter two are Jackie Chan movies, quite fun. We're great fans of Jackie Chan.

In between and around the rest, I've had almost enough naps and plenty of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends. I've had a few chats with friends. There won't be much email from my Mom until AUgust. Her summers are very busy.

Next week will be very different.

Onward and Upward.

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_23 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 12 Jun, 21:28 Pacific | «e»