Posted on 2007/01/20 16:32:01 (January 2007).
[Thursday 18th January]
Had a real hard time getting parked at the office today. Whilst this occurence will be somewhat unremarkable to the average car driver, to me it was quite a new experience and a very frustrating one at that! I'm still not really enjoying the driving - it makes me quite nervous - so when I get to my destination I just want to get out of the car as soon as possible. I think I spent something rediculous like half an hour trying to find a space, until I eventually worked out how to use the valet parking system. That was great - in the end I just left my car pretty much wherever, handed some guy the keys and walked off.
That aside though, things improved a bit today in the up-until-now quite dull week of training. I started work on my own project. This is one of the big perks of working for this company - a percentage of your time is given over to working on whatever you want to work on. Messing around with actual code again seemed to do a very good job of restoring my sense of purpose.
The evening was also a marked improvement - a colleague from another team at the London office had gathered together a few people for a night out - the first proper one since I'd been here. So the five of us went to a succession of bars, most of which seemed to be Irish pubs, and knocked back a few beers whilst talking about work, politics, and the eternal problem of finding a place to live in London.
One of our group was an "old timer" who had been at the company a good few years and was clearly senselessly rich. I think it is the first time I've been out drinking with a millionaire. Still, I wasn't particularly envious, having assumed he was a bit more advanced in his career than I was (a polite way to say older) I initially just put it down to thinking I still had a bit more work to do.
Then towards the end of the evening I asked him how old he was - and it turns out he's younger than me (albeit by just a couple of months).
Oh well, it's all about being in the right place at the right time I suppose!
Don't I remember you only a fortnight ago telling me a story of Bill Gates parking his car at an airport...?
Any didn't somebody make you a Japanese yen millionaire at your wedding, hmmm?
Posted by Mum at 2007/01/20 16:37:50.
Yea but I never actually met Bill...
Posted by John at 2007/01/20 16:41:07.
Bill doesn't know what he has missed.
Posted by Mum at 2007/01/21 16:20:08.