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State Farm

So it seems to be, that “Data Entry” really means staring at a scanner all day long while it runs large batches of paper thru, and making sure it doesn’t double pull or scan folded paper or anything. On the one hand this only underlines how painfully underemployed I am, but on the other hand, it’s actually somewhat relaxing. I’m pretty sure if I get a good playlist going on my iPod I should be able to do this job without going completely out of my mind.

Unfortunately the position may not last as long as I thought since it seems we temps were brought on to replace the rats leaving the sinking ship as this mail processing center gets phased out. Some time in December the mail is supposed to all get routed to Atlanta, and then it’s only a matter of time before I’m looking for another job again.

In other news, I’ve finally found the mythical place of employment with no refrigerator that I was lectured on way back in the days of mSS. Of course I also have no standard desk of my own, and no place to put my coat other than on the back of the chair at the scan station I’m currently using, whichever one that is. I trained today on Scanner 5. I call him Fred.

They do, on the other hand, have a very good cafeteria, or, at the very least, have a cafeteria that makes a very good provolone cheeseburger. I’ll have to reserve judgement I guess until I’ve had some other things to eat in it.

Regardless it was wonderful to be out of the house, I think I’m training way faster than they expected (a Capuchin monkey could do this stuff.)  I’m really hoping that if I keep learning quickly they’ll train me on prep or indexing, which are more mentally challenging tasks at the very least. I think I’d rather index than prep tho… I’ve already got one hell of a paper-cut today and I’ll bet the prep team gets even more.

Yes it’s likely to be short term, but I’m going to do it 110%!!!

And how better does one celebrate the first day on a new job? SHOPPING!!!! Ok, I’m bad… normally I wouldn’t do this but Kenzie has a grip on me! So we laid out an order today for some DollB, and some Nubanded goodies for her, and some stuff on the Den of Angels Marketplace, even tho her MMBrand stuff still hasn’t shipped. Yes… I’m bad. But at least I’ve stayed off the eBay!!!


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Reasons why Delmar is cooler than mSS (Update)

Some updated lines for my previously posted chart

mSS Delmar
Space Shared Office
1 Drawer
0 Shelves
0 Coatrack
Doesn’t Lock*
Full Sized Cube
7 Drawers
4 Shelves
1 Mini Coat Closet
Kitchenette 1 Fridge (Sometimes)
1 Microwave
2 Servers
2 Fridges (ALWAYS)
2 Microwaves
0 Servers

Today the team moved out of our shared office (where my setup was basically the same as at mSS,) and into our new cubicles with awesome amenities… as a result we now use a different kitchenette, with an additional fridge.

*Ok, so… you’re probably wondering why it matters if my space locks or not… in fact I don’t even use the locks at Delmar. I don’t need to because of the culture differences. At Delmar my cube is “my” space. No one would dream of walking in and riffling thru my things, whereas at mSS, my drawer was NOT considered “my” space, in fact, I went to see if I could link this story, and then realized it took place during one of the times that I was AWOL from LJ over working too much… so I’ll have to write it now.

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Reasons why Delmar is cooler than mSS

  mSS Delmar
Commute 35 minutes up Northway 5 Minutes Across Town
Parking On Street In Lot
Overtime Frequent
Hours Rigidly Set FLEXITIME
Computer Dell Desktop
Loud Dying Fan
1 Moniter
IBM Thinkpad
Quiet Efficient Fan
Dual Moniters
Boss Totally Different Sense of Humor Rick-Rolled me in Training
Atmosphere Competitive
Discourages Talking
Encourages Talking
Cafeteria None Panza’s Cafe
Kitchenette 1 Fridge (Sometimes)
1 Microwave
2 Servers
1 Fridge (ALWAYS)
2 Microwaves
0 Servers
Kitchen Cleaning My Problem Not My Problem
Waste Paper Basket My Problem Not My Problem

mSS Proliant
Benefits Kinda Blah Health Insurance
Costs > $150 per month
Kinda Awesome Health Insurance
Costs < $50 per month

Yes… I took a bit of a paycut… but if you factor in the amount of unpaid overtime I did at mSS, I’m making about the same amount an hour… and I’m so much happier.


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Sometimes Life Just Hates You…

This was one of those times:

Ok, so… the last week of December, I woke one morning… I believe Tuesday the 30th… but it could have been New Years Day, as I’m writing this in February, to discover before work, that a lighting fixture I’d been harassing my landlord about, had fallen out of a tree and onto my car, conveniently removing my rear wind shield in many MANY little pieces, and putting a hefty scratch on my trunk.

Now mind you I hadn’t been harassing them about the light being unstable or anything… just about it not lighting. They started work on that problem before the ice storm and left the work unfinished. It’s still unfinished as of this writing.

Anyhow, my neighbor knocked on the door to let me know that the light had fallen on my car, and that her husband (fiance back then, I think) was taking pictures. I came out… gawked… went inside, called in to mSS to let them know, I was going to be late, if I came in at all, because my car was nigh on undrivable. Then I called my parents, and my insurance company and a bunch of other places, and suffice it to say I took the car into the shop, and was provided with an Enterprise Rent-A-Car (not only do they pick you up, but when you’re in a rush and your car is a wreck, they drop off cars at collision repair shops.)

Kia Rios are ADORABLE but they are SHIT IN THE SNOW.

I got to work mega late, but left on time anyway, because I really didn’t need (mental health wise) to be there any longer that day, and besides, my boss let it slip to me in December that the girl who started Jan 2nd, was coming to replace me. Not really the wisest move.

So la-de da. My father picked me up for New Years at my parents house because Jake was down in Somers, and I wasn’t driving the Kia over there in that weather if I didn’t have to, and certainly wasn’t driving it HOME at 3am with all the drunk drivers, in the snow, since it was crap to begin with.

Tuesday the 6th, I show up at 8am to get my car back… and at about 8:40 they bring it around to the front: running, and clear of snow. I think “YAY!” and hop in my Civic with full set of snow tires, and ride off to work, only a little bit late. That night, as I tried to leave work, I discover why they gave it back running.

The Battery was dead.

So was my jumper box.

I had to get a jump off my boss.

Now at this point I thought the battery had just run down during the time it spent sitting in the repair shop, and surely driving it home, the alternator would give it a charge and everything would be fine. No dice. The net morning it was still dead. I borrowed charger cables from my downstairs neigbor, and got a charge off another neighbor, and arrived way late for work as a result… I got another charge off my boss to get home… next morning same deal, except I got up early to try and get a charge before I got late. It didn’t work…. that night, Thursday night, I said to hell with staying late to make up the time, I need to get this battery replaced, and got out of there on time, and went and did just that.

Friday was much better… woke up, got dressed, started my car without a problem and headed off to work. Found a parking space, and started up for the office… only about 5 minutes late… and as I crossed the last intersection onto the block with my office building, hit black ice and landed on my back in the street. I didn’t know it at the time, but the sales force saw from upstairs and were laughing their butts off. In the morning meeting, I got a splinter from the conference table… then I tore a belt loop off my jeans adjusting my pants… then I got a call from a dear friend saying she was in the hospital (she’s fine as of this writing,)…

Then I got fired.

Sometimes life just hates you…


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