Fantastic Friday

I met with Dave last night from TriBridge at 5:30pm at Applebee’s near where I work. He ordered a big burger and I got boneless buffalo wings. For about 50 minutes we sat and talked about the job position and I told him that I thought that the technology they’re using is exciting and that I really see it being the wave of the future for companies. I got a very good feeling about the interview, and I get the impression he did too. So, he went ahead and thanked me and told me that Monday I would either need to go on another interview with them, or I’d be getting an offer, depending on how everything went. I left him with the bill (which he offered to pay).

Mil came over and we sat around for a while talking about the Matrix and how much I didn’t care for Revolutions’ ending. Also, Thursday was his birthday, so, while we ate nachos, Shauna and I gave him a couple of presents, which included some cheese. Of course. We then sat watched The Last Starfighter on DVD. Great movie. About 3/4 of the way through, Mil got really tired and decided he needed to go lie down in the computer room and take a nap. He did, and about an hour later he awoke and stumbled back into the living room, where I was still up watching the extras on the DVD. We then spent the next few hours playing Vice City.

A Friday night where I find that I may have a new, kick-ass job on the horizon, watch Sci-Fi movies with my friends, eat nachos, and play Vice City is a night to beat.

Sick Thought of the Day: Vice City Car Jumps

The Last Mile

I heard from Dave at TriBridge today. We’re gonna meet for happy hour around 5:00pm tomorrow (August 27th) and discuss my potential employment. I guess we’re skipping Round 2 and going straight to Round 3 of the interview process. Wish me luck.

Sick Thought of the Day: Beans Above The Frank

Goodbye Charley, Hello Tony?

It’s been just over a week since Charley hit South West Florida. Fortunately, it missed Sarasota entirely. Unfortunately, it hit Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte (50 miles southeast of here) and devastated them. A friend of mine, Naser, lives down there. We finally got word from him that he, his wife, and the kids are all OK and he’s moving them up to Tennessee for awhile until everything gets back to normal.

So, fast forward to today; I get a phone call today at 2:20pm from my recruiting agency. They tell me that they have a possible job opening with a company, TriBridge in Tampa, who outsources web and Visual Basic development work. They were in a hurry to set up a phone interview with me and the company, so we scheduled it for 2:30pm. Sure enough, my cell phone rings at 2:27pm and I spend the next 20 minutes or so talking with Tony, one of the partners of the company. At the end, he told me that I had really good communication skills and that he was glad to hear I was excited about the technology they use (Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003). On a scale of one to ten, ten being a shoe-in, I got the feeling I ranked like 8.5. However, he told me that Dave would be calling me today sometime to set up a technical phone interview (Tony’s not a highly-techie kinda guy from what I gathered; he was talking to me to listen to my people skills, etc.).

Tony hasn’t called yet, but Mike, my recruiter, touched base with me around 4:00pm and I told him what Tony and I discussed. Mike suggested next Friday (Sep. 3) as a possible “face-to-face” interview. I agreed. We’ll firm that up soon too.

Sick Thought of the Day: Rumbling Bedpans

Something Wicked This Way Comes

The time is almost upon us. I live in Sarasota, FL, which currently lies smack-dab in the middle of the path of hurricane Charlie. Yeah. Great.

Shauna and I will most likely weather the storm at home, even if it’s in the bathroom in the middle of the building. Currently, it looks like Charley will be knocking on the front door around 8:00pm Friday, so we have a little time. I expect I will make a definite call tomorrow morning if we’ll stay here or get in the car (me, Shauna, our two cats, my mom and sister, and their cat and dog) and head East towards Lake Okeechobee.

They say the storm will be a strong Category 3 by the time it gets here. Needless to say, there are a lot of people that are nervous over this one. A hurricane of this magnitude hasn’t hit the Suncoast since 1960.

If we come out of this pretty well off, then there’s the issue of getting over to my office to try to asses the problems there and try to get the business operational by Monday. At this point, I’ll wager that 50% of the office will not be usable. Yeah. Great. We’ll see.

Happy fucking Friday 13th. Wish us luck.

Sick Thought of the Day: Charlie

The Grindstone

I wish I could say I had an interesting weekend, but I spent it at the office. 53 hour week this week. And that’s with taking Monday off because I was sick, and having to leave 3.5 hours early on Tuesday as well. Yuk.

The only fun thing that happened was that my wife and I went to the dollar theater last night and saw Around the World in 80 Days. It was a fun movie. It really helped get my mind off work for a couple of hours.

Sick Thought of the Day: Shit Moustache