Now that I've got a few months at the new job under my belt, let's run down the pros and cons old school style.
I should point out that everything I do is old school now. Since...you know...I'm old.
Let's get to it.
Pro: Love the new job. Get to play with all sorts of new toys, have input in how the department should run and have full support of my boss. Boss man also buffers me from the political turmoil that is taking place between our area and the UK people (who are technically in charge, but less qualified to be so).
Con: Miss my buds from the old job. Not as much as I would have suspected, though, considering two of my (hot) friends had already left for California and two others for New York. Easier leaving when there is nothing much to stay for.
Sidenote: Fuck you, California and New York, for taking my friends away.
Pro: New team members and I get along great. We joke around, bounce ideas off each other, sit down for lunches. It helps the transition when you have a great training/support system.
Con: Lunch places are few and far between. I miss the Boston eateries like Al's, Sandwich Express (Poor Boy rocks!), Sue's Deli (Of Course!) not to mention all the pubs. Shit, I need to get back for a visit. I'm coming, JJ Foley's!!!!
Pro: The beer o'clock tradition continues here. I talked my new coworkers into joining me a few weeks ago at a pub in Andover center (called 'The Park Street Pub', which is a pub. On Park Street. I shit you not) for a few Stellas and yummy buffalo tenders. It wasn't Foley's, but it will do.
Years ago DA referred to me as a 'terrible influence' and I'm starting to think she's right.
Con: I've had to relearn how to deal with the idiotic (and borderline homicidal) drivers around Boston. Just this morning some asswipe in an expensive Infinity sedan cut me off twice because he was trying to find the quickest way through some heavy traffic by cutting and weaving across multiple lanes. When we finally get through most of it, he slows down. As I pass I look over to see an ancient Jewish rabbi talking away on his cell phone. About three miles after I pass the Rabbi, he comes zipping by me again doing 90.
Then there are the dolts who are swerving into other lanes because they're texting or trying to call someone while doing 75.
Or the Darwin Award candidates who slam their brakes on while trying to merge with highway traffic, nearly killing people in every direction in the process.
Or the ignorant schmucks that get in the fast lane then slow down to 50 and are bewildered why everyone is so upset with them.
Or the impatient assholes who ride so close behind you they may as well be carpooling with you. This ain't NASCAR, you stupid hillbilly. Back the fuck off!
Better stop there before I get carried away.
Pro: Not taking the train to work. This was surprising to me as I didn't realize how much I LOATHED taking public transportation until I stopped taking it. I get to ride in my warm car with nobody around to bother me. I come and go as I please with nobody dictating my schedule. No three foot Asian ladies shoving their way past me, no smelly homeless men lingering way too close, no selfish douchebags in expensive suits stealing seats from elderly and pregnant women, no endless train delays while I stand in the weather so cold it could kill you in 10 minutes, no sticky stains to walk through....I love my personal space is what I'm trying to say.
Con: Gas prices. Fuck gas companies.
Pro: No T passes. These two actually counteract each other so my monthly pay outs are relatively identical.
Pro: Commute time. I've shaved off at least 25 - 30 minutes each way. This morning I arrived at work in less than 15 minutes (while battling a crazy, rabbi driver). Taking the train would be 45 minutes on average. It's especially nice on Friday evenings when I'm home before 6. Can't wait for the summer.
Con: Not taking the train has cut down significantly on my reading time. Haven't read one page of the new Virgil Flowers book that keeps calling to me from my nightstand. It's tough to read while driving. Though not impossible according to some other drivers.
Pro/Con: Wasn't sure where to place this as it's got benefits and drawbacks. This new job has had NO TRAVEL involved. At least not yet. My boss keeps telling me there will be travel involved and there are a bunch of projects coming down the pike, so it should be in the cards at some point.
The thing is, I enjoyed the travel at my last job. Got to hang out in fun cities, try different beers and pubs, meet cool people.
The stability is making home life much easier. Boys are happy to see more of me (even if Wifey may not be) and we're doing more as a family.
So there you go. Mostly positives, a few drawbacks, but all in all I'm much happier. Or, as wifey announced around all our friends last weekend 'You're much more fun to be around lately'. Um....thanks?
Today's distraction: The official Boston driving rules. The one that sums it all up: 'When in doubt, accelerate'.