May. 25th, 2004

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Today's been slow, which is good, because we've used it to hammer our existing tickets down. We've now called back or resolved all of the 14 remaining. (Which, for a 1800 person campus plus another 400 remote users and work-at-homes, is a pretty good amount to have in-progress.)

Also, I recieved a nameplate today from APT! It's very shiny.


Did a few phonecalls about getting a look at places, now that Alex and I are going in together. One place didn't have any doubles availible, but the rest have been pretty receptive.


May. 25th, 2004 06:03 pm
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Got out of work early by about 20 minutes for 'exceptional work today', according to my team lead. Nifty.

Today's Dilbert shouldn't amuse me as much as it does.

Got a quote on insurance. Renter's insurance for Dublin through my current auto insurance agent would be about $17 a month for $40,000 worth of insurance shared between Alex and I, and the computers would get their own smaller fund of $5,000 per modern computer. (Tempting as it is, I will not claim the Mac SE 30.) Because of moving off my parent's plan, I'll lose my multi-car discount on the insurance, but it'll still only be about $103 a month. It'd be even cheaper without the speeding ticket I got 3 years ago, but that'll be another year before it comes off my record. C'est la vie.

My aunt wants computer help again. Remind me to keep her from getting my # when I move. Or my address.

As things stand, we'll be looking at 8 apartments/townhouses Saturday, starting around 9-9:30ish. 3 are relatively close together in Dublin. One is off 315 right by Dublin, two are in Delaware, and relatively close, and the remaining two are in different parts of Hilliard. I suspect that unless things go badly, we'll be done by 2:30-3ish.
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Looks like, regardless of what we find, we're going to try to be moved by the 15th. It might get a little hectic, but what the hell.

Another snippet I learned. If I get hired full time at Sterling, I suspect I am going to be making Bank, with a capital B. Why do I think this? Because of the one guy in my unit who works for Sterling directly rather than being a contract guy.

Now, while he acts as a team lead, he is paid as a normal desktop guy, because he hasn't been officially given the team lead job. Which means he's paid like we would be if we were Sterling employees and not contractors. He's been there two years. One on contract, one full time. Let's assume that he got a three or four percent raise last year. He mentioned today that he'd only leave Sterling to get a job that paid as well as his current one or better. Because, "I've got a job that lets me sit around, mess with the stuff I have fun with, and make $40,000 a year while I make fun of you guys."

We make fun of him, too, so that's all fair. But if he's making $40,000, or close to it...I suspect I'd get a decent sized offer if they really take me full time.

Plus, not to toot my own horn too much, but if the feedback I've gotten from them is accurate, and I keep doing a good job for the next 6 months, I don't see any reason why they wouldn't want to take me on full time. And if they don't take me on full time, but extended my contract for an additional period, APT already mentioned I would get a raise on my hourly rate. And with this kind of feedback, I think I could make it a substantial one. At least an additional $2-3 an hour.

I love my job, oddly enough, and I really am making decent money as it is. But why not work harder and see if I can get even more? And at least for now, while I pay my student loans, I will hopefully keep from being shredded too badly at tax time.

I have a suspicion that I'm going to be pretty capitalistic as I get older. It should be interesting.


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