Power blackout post from Thursday
The past months I’ve had some pretty compelling reasons to excuse me from blogging (they seem trivial now but at the time they were pretty important) but this evening I have none. Why is that you might ask… Well since about 8PM we are having a massive power outage in our area, which are probably the cause of the enormous winds that we have been witnessing for the last two days. Yesterday we had a power outage in a couple of buildings at Microsoft during my one on one with John and today it happened at home while watching transporter 2. Which is probably not the most cultural movie one could watch but there is a good explanation for that: We (me and my roommate John, who is a UX researcher at Microsoft) are suffering from a bit of an overload of watching the Rocky movies during the last few days: Rocky I (what an amazing movie, it really brings out the alpha male in a guy, and probably some girls as well but that’s just scary…) on Monday, Rocky II on Tuesday and Rocky III on Wednesday…
On a personal note:
I have had a really good time since I have been here. I’ve got a great roommate (I hope he is not reading this or he’ll get all cocky on me) who has become a good friend in the last months. John started the same day as I did and we met at NEO (New Employee Orientation). [Reviewers note: This really sounds way to gay, you do not want to disappoint your female fans for no reason, so change this]. I wasn’t looking forward to living in an apartment, and John wasn’t either so we decided to rent a house together. We got pretty lucky and found an amazing house, the pictures will speak for itself. Did you know the generator for the house got stolen the day before we moved in… that’s no biggy said the guy who rents the place… I think I’ll give him a call tomorrow.
In the last couple of weeks I got to know some of my colleagues better and also met some of John’s colleagues and their friends. It has been really fun to get to know them and on Thanksgiving a bunch of us went to Canada and what happened there is a bit of a secret but I must say (people who know me can definitely confirm this) although I don’t blush easily some of the conversations we had… or was it the cold weather, who knows
I have been missing some of my friends (having lunch every day with Pieter, seeing who cries first Gert or me during our verbal battles, going cycling with the guys, man did I get homesick when I saw the mails passing by on who wanted to go riding last weekend, so much more). The good news for me is that I went out training for the first time in months again after reading the mails, there is not one flat mile in the direct neighborhood, which will come in handy since the guys were thinking on going to the Pyrenees this summer.
Back to the power outage:
OK, so the power fell out and we needed some light… problem, no candles and we forgot where we had put the matches… after looking for them with a tiny flashlight we decided it getting new ones was a better idea… Quiz question: What is the biggest problem with closed electrical gates when you don’t have any power… Jups, they are not really easy to open but we got out, we got some matches and candles and we got one of the fireplaces in one of the two living rooms working. So here I am, it could be romantic and if Joanna was a good-looking female version of John, which might have been the case Ok, enough silly blabbering about the power outage, it is time for some silly blabbering about work.
It is really hard for me to talk about work since; I cannot discuss the project I’m working on but it is really cool and I’ll probably have to finish this in another post but I’ll try to write up a summery. The first day I had NEO, during which new employees get a bunch of information on how Microsoft operates, the benefits, legal stuff, how to get fired really fast, how to get fired really fast while needing a legal assistance on your way out (apparently selling the our source code on EBay is not a good idea) , etc. What really surprised me is to which extend Microsoft goes to help out its employees. For example: I got a free subscription to the best sport club I’ve ever been to, the doctor and dentists are free within the Microsoft network, saving plan, etc). During the second day we got to pack out our desktops and I had a talk with my group program manager (Mr. John Montgomery, sorry about the Mr John ). Ah yes, we are the guys who started on our team on the same day: Andy Sterland (you might know him from TechEd Europe a 2 years ago, the Imagine cup or Channel 9), and Murali Potluri (really smart guy, who used to work on the J# team). John told me to take it easy the first couple of weeks and get everything sorted out, driver license, social security, finding a place to live, etc… During the second day he called me and Andy into his office and told us that we should decide between the two of us who was going to handle the client and who the server part of the application. Andy and I never have a problem coming to an agreement and after about the… “what do you want to do”, I would like to do the client, that’s great cause I wanted to do the server, things were decided. So on day 2 we hit the ground running as John said it so appropriately and we have been running ever since… but that is something for another post, since I’m running out of power.
If this is not the style of writing you would like to see… let me know and I’ll see on how I can change this… if you did, I like you already.
12/18/2006 00:02:21 UTC