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An attempt
To cover two weeks of "things."

The fact that I said I would makes me really not want to. However, let's see what I can pull out.

Last week was pretty harsh. I signed up to bail out a customer due to sever hemorraghing. This has become a terrible, terrible mistake. I have much to do. I must complete the following task over this week.
    Top ten reasons why I prefer QA work:
  1. Learn our billing application that has little interaction with my application.
  2. Read 3 years of release notes (785 of 'em)
  3. Distill this list to "the most important notes" which is jargon for "everything that the customer needs to test."
    Side note: Customers need all of them, which is why we make release notes. I suppose I could not do the enhancement ones, which is about a fourth of them, but enhancements cause the most trouble, necessitating test.
  4. Test my entire application on site
  5. Field questions/help guide the implementation for the next month for the customer
    Side Note: I'm not an implementor.
  6. Teach the new customer team how to set up my application
    Side Note: I'm not an implementor.
  7. Build security classes for the user.
    Side Note: I'm not tech services.
  8. Build user roles for customer
    Side Note: I'm not an implementor.
    Side Note: I'm not tech services.
  9. Teach customers how to use my application.
    Side Note: I'm not a Trainer.
  10. Fill in for the customer's lead TS guy who won't be there until FRIDAY.
    Side Note: We leave Friday afternoon.


Needless to say, this is going to be a rough week. It's likely that this will be easier than I expect, but I suppose having bad standards ensures less disappointment. What's really worrisome is that I don't have a car assigned. The guy with the car will be elsewhere in the afternoons. Thus, I'm at the mercy of the customer to get me back to the hotel. I can't leave unless someone there takes me there.

Much of last week surrounded prepping what I could for this. Ditto today and tomorrow; I fly out tomorrow afternoon and return Friday night. This weekend is going to be the best weekend ever known to mankind.

This last weekend was the visit from the quasi-in-laws. This wasn't a bad thing in the slightest, just hectic. I"m impressed how much "stuff" you can pack into a single weekend - plus how much money can be bled from an account. Let's see.. what did we do.... Gilmore girls, pizza, 5 hours of mall shopping, dinner at the chop house, cambridge ren faire, noodles, many hours on state street, mormon church, spanglish, more shopping. This list isn't exhaustive. However, Iris said on Sunday that she felt like she was able to relax at work.

I managed to buy clothes everyday this weekend with all the shopping, plus meals that I bought. Ditto that for Iris. We probably dropped a grand or so in this weekend. Oops. It was fun though. They're such great people... but, lord... they can shop with the best of them. Problematically, we kept each other going even when we wanted to relax. We'd ask if the other was okay, which would be followed by that "I don't want to hurt their feelings" facial expression and a quick "No, that's ok." Needless to say we interpreted each other's question not as "I want to stop" but as "Do you want to stop, because I still have ten dollars in my bank account that will commit suicide if I don't spend it fast enough."

Also this weekend, I began to seriously consider buying a house. At this particular time, I could make a killing in real estate speculation given the growth expected in Verona. However, tis means that I need to figure out where the town will grow, find a house I can afford, get a loan, get a down payment, get an agent and not in that order. I've decided, though, that it might be good to buy a house adjacent to a soon-to-be-developed plot. That way, when I want to sell in a year or so, it will be in a new area where people will be looking. That may help my chances of selling at increased value. But, that's all very preliminary at this point. I know nothing about buying a home, less about where to buy one and how to go about selling one off. On the plus side, even if the value increases minimally, we could probably pay off Iris' loans and still have money to move where we're going with some left to buy a nice dinner. I expect we can make, at worst, 30k assuming the market doesn't collapse or some such apocalyptic situation.

I'd worry, though, about getting stuck. I expect to be here for at least a year longer. But, unless I go to UW-Madison, owning a house could be a burden. Iris might explode if we settle too. But I have to admit... the idea of creating a life... well. It's really appealing. I mean, we could decorate how ever we want. Plant gardens. Have neighbors, parties, loud sex, blaring music... all without landlords or thin walls or anything you get with apartments. I mean, as much as my job can be rough, I really like it. It pays well and (I hope) increases as my needs and desires increase. i love the town, the people. I'd really like it, maybe too much. I don't want to lose the dream.

I don't want to lose the dream.

But... What is the dream now? That's the important question that I don't think I want to face right now. Wow. I'm actually panicking a little while I think about it.
I think I'm done for now.

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abmann From: abmann Date: May 24th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Y'know, as much as I go on and on about wishing I had a job/better job, it seriously sounds like you really are damn competent.

Your compound sentence makes little sense. That secondary clause does not logically follow the leading clause.

Logic failing.

Iris knows I've been thinking about this. We're on the exact same page.
lerite From: lerite Date: May 24th, 2005 07:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Funny. Same hopes/worries over here as Sam thinks about houses. Amusingly, "loud sex" is also on my list of reasons to move out of apartments. Lex's water usage is a good reason to stay. Having another bathroom that we mortals can use while she's showering is a reason to move. And so on...
abmann From: abmann Date: May 24th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
True.. houses do mean more bills over all. What we'd really like is to essentially break even with current rent expenses adn would-be mortgage + bills.

Property tax would be a bitch thogh.. However, owning a house includes some MASSIVE tax write offs in the first few years. Iris and I may need to get married for the increased tax breaks....

Blah. That would be a pain unless we eloped and just didn't tell out families...
ocarina_justin From: ocarina_justin Date: May 24th, 2005 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
First, I think I'd like to add the same sort of cautionary statement I threw at Sam, namely, that I don't think the housing market is as stable as most people think, or most agents want you to believe. There's a big bubble, and it really is just a matter of time until it pops. Demand is already starting to wobble, although its still fairly decent. I'm not saying don't get a house - but if you're looking at it from an "investment" standpoint, it makes sense to be really careful at this point.

That said, everything seems to be going pretty well for you aside from the huge amount of work. What are you looking at grad school for (the subject, not the reason)?

Understanding what "the dream" is, is a question I've put some thought into a lot recently as well. I tend to come up with two conflicting ideals, as I imagine many people do. I wish you more luck resolving your dilemma than I have had resolving mine.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 24th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are right. We need to consider what would happen if that bubble did burst. I would suggest, though, that it is unlikely in the Verona area given the move of Epic to the new Campus. Because of this, the city is building more resaurants, fitness clubs adn other business that will in generaly increase the lure of new residents.

That said, I don't think it's perfect. There's much to consider. I'm not entering into this lightly.

I'm intending on giong to grad school for neural systems. It's Psych driven neurology, essentially.
ocarina_justin From: ocarina_justin Date: May 25th, 2005 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Thinking back, I already asked you what you were going to grad school for, didn't I? Oh well.

Also, not trying to imply you are rushing into things - I've been looking into house options myself - but I just feel like the fact that housing prices could collapse is something a lot of the industry, press, and country is trying very hard to ignore.
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abmann From: abmann Date: May 24th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
My uncle bought a house for 300K in the mid 90's adn now it's worth 1.5M or so. :)

All the houses we'd be looking at are around 200K, maybe the condos would be less. I' think I prefer the condo because we don't need a house for two people and three cats. It would still be double our space, easy.

It all comes down to money, really. :|
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abmann From: abmann Date: May 24th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also an idea we've considered. I'd be so worried that the tenet would burn it down, or something terrible.

There is always a way to fix any problem we'd have, besides the market bursting. Een then, we could still lease adn just have a house in a nice area which wouldn't be bad. I wouldn't mind moving back to this area when I get my degree. UW has a good science program I could get into to teach.
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