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Hey kids! New job, new LJ posts.
Count yourselves lucky that I was too depressed/apathetic to post anything for the last month or so, because every post would have been like this:

11:00 Radio alarm, set optimistically early, interrupts my sleep slightly.
12:00 Radio switches off automatically.
14:00 Wake up with headache from too much poor-quality sleep.
15:00 Shamble downstairs. Eat muesli. Grunt at archie or Lorna if they're around.
15:30 Go back to bed. Play unsatisfying computer games listlessly.
19:30 Get up. Shower. Get dressed.
20:00 Hang around with housemates briefly, being a bit grumpy at them. Possibly remember to eat some cheese on toast.
20:30 Go out. Arrive late to meet friends and/or girlfriend tinyjo (who counts as a friend of course, but rates a special mention). Enjoy myself quietly.
23:30 Return to home, waking Lorna by crashing through front door. Grunt at archie. Go to bed. Start playing computer games.
01:00 Decide to stop playing and go to sleep, so I can get up a reasonable time.
02:00 Decide to stop playing and go to sleep, so I can get up a reasonable time.
03:00 Decide to stop playing and go to sleep, so I can get up a reasonable time.
03:30 Nearly black-out. Switch off computer. Read for a bit.
04:00 Unable to keep eyes open. Switch off light, lay back, fret about having done nothing constructive in any sense today. Again. Listen to faint voices in my head.
04:15 Sleep.

Blah. Glad that's over.
Was feeling rather sad for having perked up now I've got a job. I don't need a job to give my life meaning or make me feel complete, surely? On reflection, however, I suspect that the reason that employment has cheered me up is that I do need money, and I hate having chores hanging over me (such as job-hunting) particularly if they're quite nebulous and tricky (eg. job-hunting) and particularly if they're something I know I should be doing for my own good (not unlike job-hunting.)

So, got this job doing front-line tech support for a company that produces library software, meaning I answer the phone, commiserate with the person's problem, then tell them we'll call back and log the call. Not too taxing, entirely reactive rather than proactive (which suits me fine. I prefer situations to plans), and when it's quiet I can web-surf. It's only temporary, which actually helps me put up with the fact that it's kind of mindless because I know I only have to do it for a month or so.

Another benefit is the location. It only takes 15 minutes to get here by bus, and the building's a converted chapel opposite an asylum (well, OK, mental health hospital). Plus, for lunch the staff all go to the staff canteen of the asylum and get food from there. They've been doing this for two years, and no-one here is entirely sure whether they're supposed to be... Must get some pictures before I leave, because just past reception is where the altar used to be, now walled off with glass, painted solid bright red, and containing a black table and chairs. It looks like something from 'The Invisibles' or 'Hellblazer', designed for some neat, corporate demonology. So, everyone else has gone down to the pub to bid farewell to a colleague off to get married tomorrow and the call logging system is broken, so I've just switched the phone to voicemail and am kicking back and updating, as friends have been suggesting I should ever since they learned I'd got a job with net-access again. Good to be reading y'all once more. Please recap if anything really surprising happened to you in the last month.

Current site: Catching up on the net that I've missed (and, oh, how I've missed it):
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Hey kids! New job, new LJ posts.
Count yourselves lucky that I was too depressed/apathetic to post anything for the last month or so, because every post would have been like this:

11:00 Radio alarm, set optimistically early, interrupts my sleep slightly.
12:00 Radio switches off automatically.
14:00 Wake up with headache from too much poor-quality sleep.
15:00 Shamble downstairs. Eat muesli. Grunt at <lj user="eidolonarchie"> or Lorna if they're around.
15:30 Go back to bed. Play unsatisfying computer games listlessly.
19:30 Get up. Shower. Get dressed.
20:00 Hang around with housemates briefly, being a bit grumpy at them. Possibly remember to eat some cheese on toast.
20:30 Go out. Arrive late to meet friends and/or girlfriend <lj user="tinyjo"> (who counts as a friend of course, but rates a special mention). Enjoy myself quietly.
23:30 Return to home, waking Lorna by crashing through front door. Grunt at <lj user="eidolonarchie">. Go to bed. Start playing computer games.
01:00 Decide to stop playing and go to sleep, so I can get up a reasonable time.
02:00 Decide to stop playing and go to sleep, so I can get up a reasonable time.
03:00 Decide to stop playing and go to sleep, so I can get up a reasonable time.
03:30 Nearly black-out. Switch off computer. Read for a bit.
04:00 Unable to keep eyes open. Switch off light, lay back, fret about having done nothing constructive in any sense today. Again. Listen to faint voices in my head.
04:15 Sleep.

Blah. Glad that's over.
Was feeling rather sad for having perked up now I've got a job. I don't need a job to give my life meaning or make me feel complete, surely? On reflection, however, I suspect that the reason that employment has cheered me up is that I <strong>do</strong> need money, and I hate having chores hanging over me (such as job-hunting) particularly if they're quite nebulous and tricky (eg. job-hunting) and <em>particularly</em> if they're something I know I should be doing for my own good (not unlike job-hunting.)

So, got this job doing front-line tech support for a company that produces library software, meaning I answer the phone, commiserate with the person's problem, then tell them we'll call back and log the call. Not too taxing, entirely reactive rather than proactive (which suits me fine. I prefer situations to plans), and when it's quiet I can web-surf. It's only temporary, which actually helps me put up with the fact that it's kind of mindless because I know I only have to do it for a month or so.

Another benefit is the location. It only takes 15 minutes to get here by bus, and the building's a converted chapel opposite an asylum (well, OK, mental health hospital). Plus, for lunch the staff all go to the staff canteen of the asylum and get food from there. They've been doing this for two years, and no-one here is entirely sure whether they're supposed to be... Must get some pictures before I leave, because just past reception is where the altar used to be, now walled off with glass, painted solid bright red, and containing a black table and chairs. It looks like something from 'The Invisibles' or 'Hellblazer', designed for some neat, corporate demonology. So, everyone else has gone down to the pub to bid farewell to a colleague off to get married tomorrow and the call logging system is broken, so I've just switched the phone to voicemail and am kicking back and updating, as friends have been suggesting I should ever since they learned I'd got a job with net-access again. Good to be reading y'all once more. Please recap if anything really surprising happened to you in the last month.

<strong>Current site:</strong> Catching up on the net that I've missed (and, oh, how I've missed it):
<A HREF="http://www.dilbert.com/"Dilbert</A>
<A HREF="http://www.livejournal.com/">LiveJournal</A>
<A HREF="http://www.brunching.com/">The Brunching Shuttlecocks</A>
<A HREF="http://www.theonion.com/">The Onion</A>
<A HREF="http://truemeaningoflife.com/">True Meaning of Life Meditation Chamber</A>
<a href="http://www.seanbaby.com">SeanBaby</a>
<a href="http://www.ntk.net">NTK</a>
<lj user="cleanskies">'s <a href="http://www.alleged.org.uk/jrd/2002/">online comics</a>, conveniently restarting just as I restart surfing.

Comments

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ex_aphonia179
May. 2nd, 2002 07:23 am (UTC)
welcome back!
You have been missed. As well as your housemate.

A.
jinty
May. 2nd, 2002 10:22 am (UTC)
Welcome back from me too! I left you a message on your mobile but this post rather renders the message irrelevant.
andypop
May. 2nd, 2002 03:39 pm (UTC)
That Push It/No Fun mix is great, huh? Except it's not credited to Soulwax on the CD I've got. Hmm - does credit matter when it's bits of other people's songs anyway? I like the total, blatant illegality of it. Have you heard Destiny's Child singing with the Dead Kennedys?
andypop
May. 3rd, 2002 05:55 pm (UTC)
Uh,I'm talking crap. It does say Soulwax on the CD. Don't know what I was on about. I spose it is kind of unlikely that more than one bunch would come up with that idea simultaneously.
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