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Work

Weekly Blur

Today is… Wednesday. Yes. That seems correct. Honestly, without checking the calendar, I don’t know the days of the week anymore. I know that there are two days of time off every interval, but most of the days have been blurring together.

I think this is because of the weird schedule I’ve been keeping with regard to work and my location. Normally, whatever that means anymore, I would wake up, take a shower, get dressed, eat, prep, go to work; Come home, clean, eat, sleep; Repeat.

Right now, we spend a lot of time doing whatever needs to be done at the time. Sometimes that’s work, sometimes that’s entertaining ourselves, sometimes that’s cleaning up a mess in the house. The distinction is not really made clear.

The only time it is clear is when I’m rotated into going to the office. Since I’m “essential”, I spend some time in the office doing mostly office things. This schedule feels familiar, but I don’t care much for it. Getting extra rest instead of commuting was nicer.

I’m not sure if this whole telework thing is for me, permanently, but I do know that right now, I prefer it. I think a lot of introverts like me are enjoying the “safer-at-home” lifestyle, if they didn’t already live it prior to this whole pandemic mess. I also think it’s going to change the way we think about work. Some for good, some for bad.

Honestly, a lot of the work we do is now able to be done remotely, so long as the infrastructure exists to support it. This has been a live-fire test showing that lots of companies can support it. Whether we do or not going forward will be up to us all.

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Feelings

What I’m Feeling

The world is getting a face full of COVID-19 and is not taking it well. Many places are closed or have changed their procedures. Places like Starbucks have gone to drive through only. Other places where people congregate have just closed altogether. Techy companies are moving any available workers to remote-work.

Except me. I’m here in the office. I was actually looking forward to working from home, since it’s a much more comfortable environment and I could get some stuff done. I’m a home-body, so I think I would have really enjoyed it.

Well, I’m somehow deemed “critical”. So much for that staycation.

Additionally, Animal Crossing is delayed delivery due to this stupid virus. Our anniversary trip to Disney is canceled. Our Disney cruise is also similarly canceled. My son now has to take his instruction via the web and even my goddamn weigh loss group is going to Zoom.

Work is also piling on. We have constant meetings with Microsoft regarding issues with their Outlook client. Demanding logs of all shapes and sizes be uploaded and proof, undeniable proof, is levied before they lift a finger. I also have been conscripted to develop PowerShell scripts that I’ve never done before, and for deployment to masses of users.

I feel beat down. Burnt out. Tired.

I tried to take a walk. I was interrupted for more work.

I finally got outside. It feels like a middle-finger seeing all the people out, having a good time, walking and talking to friends. Basically the opposite of what we’re supposed to be doing.

I just don’t care anymore.

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Misc

Goodbye CCAT

So, it’s ending all over again. This time I say goodbye to a really excellent organization known as CCAT. These last (almost) 2years have been a huge learning experience for me and something I’ll take with me as I move on.

I’d really like to thank the excellent non-profit clients we have herein Florida for being such a big reason that I got up every day. Places like United Way of Northeast Florida, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, Family Foundations, Leadership JAX, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Non-Profit Center of Northeast Florida and (of course) the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. Every day, these organizations and their volunteers and employees made my job one I truly enjoyed.

I also wanted to thank my excellent co-workers who, despite it all, helped me grow as a person and as an employee. I’m really fortunate to have had such patient and understanding people to work with and for. Their dedication to my own success, as well as our clients, is really just outstanding. I wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors.

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

Douglas Adams
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Misc

Florida Coastal School of Law

Today is my last day. I’ve worked at Florida Coastal School of Law for about 11 years now. I’ve been everything from a Help Desk jockey to the Webmaster. With today being my last day, I can’t help but to look back and remember all that I’ve done, all that I’ve grown and all that I will miss from that place.

It’s surreal, really. I feel like I don’t have any idea of how things are done in the “outside”, because I’ve been there for so long and done things a certain way there for so long that new ways of handling things seems so foreign.

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Computers Feelings Rants

I’m not growing up, I’m just burning out

I really hate computers.

That would be a lie in normal circumstances, but in relation to working on computers, it’s an absolute truth.

I also hate doing two people’s jobs while still only being paid one hourly wage. It’s like being double-raped because I know enough to be able to do it. It’s like some macabre way of being repaid for paying attention and being good at what I do.

So, here I sit, burning DVDs at the last possible second because a faculty member needs this done for something dubiously related to work. Yeah, great.

Why am I doing it? Well, I suppose because our “A.V. Guy” isn’t in and because of some perverse sense of duty because I know how to do it and that I can do it well enough.

At least I have my mac. I never really though I’d say it, but I’m so glad to have my computer back with all the applications that I actually love to work in. That’s a scary thought. That I could actually enjoy working because of an application and the way it presents the workflow.