Okay, so I found out why I was the only one on the train this morning. It’s a little thing called “let’s fuck with the newbie”. You know, when they have us living on site and there’s nowhere to go out at night or anything the idea that the work day would start bright and early at 5 in the morning doesn’t sound that unreasonable. It doesn’t sound like my idea of fun, but I figured that working underground there wouldn’t be a lot of difference between 5 or 10 after a while.
But as Dr. Cranor pointed out when she showed up to open the lab four and a half hours later, if there’s no difference then there’s no reason to start at such an ungodly hour. I don’t think I made a great first impression, getting fooled like that. We’re all supposed to be smart here. Of course the dicks who set me up are supposed to be equally smart and they had the home field advantage on me, but the only thing worse than looking like a fool is looking like a fool and then whining about it. I don’t think complainers make it very far at Federated Para-Sciences.
When I took this job, I was excited. Not just because I’d been looking for something that would actually use my degree for so long, but because so few companies do pure research any more. Federated has a lot of government contracts (mostly military) but apparently most of what they do is research for research’s sake. At least that’s what the pitch they gave me said. I’d never heard of them. Apparently due to the classified nature of a lot of their work, their major advances that they’re responsible for sort of filter out indirectly. Like apparently it was a program here that was first responsible for the technology behind the compact fluorescent light.
Today, they do the kind of cutting edge stuff you wouldn’t even dream was being done, and if putting up with a few juvenile pranks is the worst thing I have to deal with in order to be a part of that, then so be it. I can handle that.
I can tell I’m going to have to do quite a bit of ladder-climbing before I’m actually involved in anything really exciting. I mean that literally. I had to climb so many ladders today, you wouldn’t believe it. A lot of time today was spent going over basic safety and security protocols, and then I was basically toting palettes, pushing carts, climbing around on catwalks, and throwing switches. This place is an OSHA nightmare. Obviously a lot of stuff was grandfathered in.
At the end of the day Dr. Cranor asked me to send her my shooting range stats and I had to tell her I had no idea what she was talking about. I knew there was a shooting range in the rec center, but shooting has never been my idea of recreation and I told her that. She told me that it wasn’t hers, either, but she still expects all of her research associates to log at least three hours a week there.
I don’t know what that’s about, but what the hell. I’ll have to find something to do with my evenings. After the mess I made of things today, anything that will improve my boss’s opinion of me is bound to be worth it.