Friday, June 27, 2008

A Bostonian job outside Boston

Well, I figured it was time for an update. I have a job! Finally ... anyway, I got the job at Boston Productions and am just wrapping up my first week as its new office coordinator/production assistant. The tasks to complete are many, some kind of complicated, but I enjoy it a lot, the staff is small and very friendly, and there's a lot of opportunity to grow and learn new things. Though my background may focus more on print than video media, I think it's in the best interest of my future as a media professional to learn these things.

Darren loves his job, too. He said he never wants to leave. Of course, my having a job now leaves little time for housework. There's clean laundry in the basket that's sat there a couple of days now. I barely have time to check my e-mail or browse the Web at home, let alone cook or watch TV; however, Darren and I always find time in the evening for video games. We've already beaten "Gears of War," "Kane and Lynch" and "Army of Two" for Xbox 360. I'm still working on "Bioshock," but haven't had the chance to play it since I started work. My hours are long (8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with an hour break for lunch), and it's a salaried position, so it isn't entirely crucial that I'm on time, but I still come in early and leave late most days, because I'm big on punctuality and I want to put in my time.

Darren finally got his new motorcycle and absolutely loves it. On good days, he takes it out for a spin, which kind of scares the hell out of me. I watched him in a parking lot the first day he got it, as he practiced stopping and starting. This empty lot, on a busy corner in Brighton, is often used (illegally) by cars and even trucks as a way to bypass the traffic light at the intersection. A truck happened to come by just as Darren was going a little too fast, and they almost collided. Darren fell off the bike and got a little bruised up. Of course, when I first saw him go down, I had no idea what had happened. Luckily, he (and the bike) only suffered some minor scratches, but it really jarred me. I make a little wish every time he goes out that he'll come back OK.

Yesterday, David, one of Darren's former coworkers from Abaqus with whom he actually formed a friendship, came to the area, and we all went to TGI Friday's for lunch. I had met him once before, and he's a pretty cool guy. I bet Darren was glad to see him again.

There's a lull now at work as everyone is at lunch. I usually take my break a little later, so the last leg of my day isn't as long as the first. Plus, the first part of the day is a little busier in general, so I take my break later so as not to get bored in the last part of the day. At any rate, I'm looking forward to the weekend. On Fridays at work, I've heard we wrap up the day and ease into the weekend by gathering in the pool room for a small, laid-back, company get-together of sorts. I'm glad I signed on to a company with a smaller, amicable staff. It isn't The Standard-Times, but I think I'm really going to like it here.