October 8th, 2011

storyteller doll

The New Office

First, the obvious celebrity death of the week is Steve Jobs. All I need to say about him is that I am writing this on a MacBook. His death totally overshadowed that of guitarist Bert Jansch, who was a major influence on many musicians in many genres.

I had some internet issues on Thursday and, surprisingly, Verizon customer service was actually helpful. (It apparently turned out to be a bad port on the cable modem and moving the ethernet cable over to the next port worked.) I also had a meeting in Chantilly and there was next to no traffic either on I-66 or on Route 28. Seeing how well things were going, I decided to buy a $10 scratch-off lottery ticket - and got a $50 winner. However, karma caught up with me on the way home from my dentist appointment that afternoon, which took over an hour for what should be a 20 minute drive.

But the main thing I want to write about is the new office. Our group moved to that wonder of urban planning known as the Mark Center a couple of weeks ago. The biggest plus of this is that I have an actual office there, with a computer and all, instead of working out of my company's office and going back and forth using swing spaces and so on. I thought the big minus would be the commute, but (so far) the shuttle bus from West Falls Church is working okay.

However, I have to wonder about the quality of the construction. There are already non-functional escalators from the transit center / parking garage area to the building. Last Wednesday (that is, less than a week after we'd moved in), the door of our suite wouldn't open, locking us all out in the morning while they waited for the building manager to call the door manufacturer. Apparently, the eventual solution involved a mallet. This week's fiasco was the non-functioning emergency exit doors, which were annoying until they got the alarm turned off. I suspect that the turnstiles will be a significant issue when the building is fully occupied as I am not sure why anybody would think that 4 turnstiles are enough for a building that is supposed to have 6800 employees.

I have a well-paying job that I mostly like. Turnstiles and doors are definitely in the "first-world problem" category.