After spending the weekend in Winnipeg two weekends ago at the end of August to help move Esmond into the University dorms, I started my new job on Wednesday. The first week didn’t really click in due to the sudden change in my sleeping schedule (waking up at 5:30 as opposed to 7:30. Regardless, I may have to set the alarm clock back to 5:00 instead, but I digress.
As for my new job, I didn’t want to say anything, and I still don’t feel secure enough in revealing any more details about it, so I’ll basically summarize. I got a job at the T-1 mine (still in Vale Inco) as a relief timekeeper. However, I’ve also been tasked with creating databases for documentation management and my new supervisor, Rob, also pulled me in so that I could take over the mines website development, which has been in need for a huge overhaul. Needless to say, I have been very unhappy in the IT industry for a long time now, and with this new job, I feel a lot more relaxed and at ease, and not so stressed out, which goes without saying.
In fact, yesterday, I was doing research into the web framework I was going to use for the mines website. Believe it or not, I actually felt a tingling of a sensation I have not felt in years – excitement. I felt alive again, felt like my life finally has a purpose again. Yeah, I could say that I was responsible for the servers in the company at my old job, but I just didn’t give a crap about it. It didn’t matter to me. If the servers all blew up, I wouldn’t have given half a crap, let alone one. Anyway, I had found the framework I wanted – the Joomla framework, which I actually had in mind for quite some time, but I never pursued it due to time constraints and the whole “not giving a crap” attitude I was having, which filtered down through to just about everything else in my life. Once I saw the potential in what I was given to do, and how it could also affect my own web development opportunities at home, I felt a sort of glee emerge from within. The sort of glee a child gets when he’s told for the very first time that he’ll be taken to Disneyland. I never thought I would ever feel such an emotion again, but there it was.
Does this mean that I’ve finally found my calling in life? I don’t really have the answer to that, but the prospect is both exhilarating and frightening at the same time. Exhilarating for the obvious reasons (obvious if you’ve been paying attention up until now), but frightening because it was unknown to me. Web development and design have mostly been alien to me – a side hobby I always wanted to pursue but never could go 100% of the way with it. Why, even now, this blog is only my half-assed attempt to put together a hurried website, because of time (remember what I mentioned above?), and because of knowledge that I lacked. Not that I can’t use XHTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL – I’m just not at the level I want to be with it all. Also, I’ve always been a coder and a tech, but not a designer. All my web designs have been lifted from others’ ideas, just with my own modified code, color scheme, and graphics (to a point). I hope to change that. I surfed on Amazon and ordered up a couple web design books and a Joomla framework book. I need to get schooled all over again. Hmm, sounds like a movie title.
Michael Wong (Hann Chong; All-American Chicken Balls, Me Humor You Long Time) was a slacking, carefree computer technician working at a dead-end job for a prestigious university, until a mysterious, sexy professor (Jessica Alba; Fantastic Four, Good Luck Chuck) comes to work for the educational institute and turns his life upside down with her impossible demands and unwaveringly strong work ethic! Inexplicably, the two find themselves learning more about each others’ philosophical views of the professional and the laborer, and it becomes almost uncertain who is which. This unique romantic comedy from director, Seth Rogan (Knocked Up, Pineapple Express), also stars Megan Fox (Transformers), David Tennant (Doctor Who, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), and Ryan Reynolds (Waiting, Just Friends), with hilarious cameos by John Cho (Harold & Kumar, American Pie), Dolph Lundgren (Masters of the Universe, Johnny Mnemonic), and Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead)!
Or maybe not.
But what a line-up! Dolph Lundgren may even make his comeback from this!
Nah, never mind.