06/06/06: what a combination; the supposed day of the anti-Christ and the first day on the new job at the City.
I tried to do myself and all of y'all proud today. I woke up early, got to work on time and watched the office fill with people that I'm not qualified to serve yet. I did try to help when I could, and if it doesn't get on my nerves to have to deal with all these people (and there are a bunch that come in for permits and site plan approvals), this may work, at least for the short term.
The specter of what's ahead has always flummoxed me, especially if I have a pile of the present I have to deal with in front of me. It can beat you down. I was feeling a little worn out for lack of sleep the night before (not worrying, more like unable to sleep) and it seemed like all these new people and new things came at me all at once. I was happy to get out for lunch.
OK, one good thing: the walk to lunch on the City Market is about one-third as long as it was from LMW. I had pizza. Seemingly nobody cares about this detail, but if I don't mention it, invariably someone will ask.
When I came back from lunch, they had evacuated the Municipal Building because someone set off pepper spray in the office next door to mine. No one was injured, but a few people complained of headaches and burning eyes. WSLS-TV, which is across the street, made a big deal out of it and the Fire-EMS blocked off the street in front.
Anyway, other than answering the phone a lot, the rest of the day was pretty mundame.
OK, another good thing: the people I work with are all very nice and I think I'll like them just fine, that is, if I can ever remember all their names.