Week Three – Day Five

Well, last night an old friend dropped by with some champagne. After the day I had I was glad to see them, but I felt tired all day today.

I think part of that was due to the emotional day I had yesterday. Apart from the terrible e-mail, there were a couple of loud “discussions” in the office between the administrator and one of the programmers – I wanted to crawl under my desk and disappear. All in all I had no expectation that today would be any better. I had already decided that if it didn’t get better I would ask to meet with the administrator and try to work out what was going to happen going forward. But the day went fairly well, after all.

First of all, the other intern was not in today. I don’t know where he is or if he is coming back. Also, a few others were not there, or if they were, they did not stay long. It was a quiet, peaceful day, and I felt we got a lot done.

Al and I checked and de-bugged all the ActionScript 3 code for the Flash application he was working on, so now it works in both Firefox and IE. We did talk back and forth, but in low voices and it did not seem to bother anyone. In fact, by the afternoon, we were at a point that if I found an error, I would swivel my chair around and look over at his desk – when he noticed me all I had to do was say one word describing where to look for the error. We were running VNC and so he could take over my computer and fix it in front of my eyes – I took note of what he did and the next time I found the same error I could try to fix it myself. I got better and better at it, and that felt really good. Now the whole thing is done at last!

Also, the styling for the custom CMS is done – Al saved me on that one. I must remember what he did, because it was simple, elegant, and works both in Firefox and IE with no hacks.! So that means two sites finished and done, as far as I know, and that may take some of the pressure off around here.

Towards the end of the day the administrator came over to my desk talk to me about yesterday’s e-mail. Basically she apologized in a roundabout way, indicating that she didn’t really mean me, but felt she had to put my name in since I had in fact not been there on the day mentioned in the e-mail. She said they had no problem with me. I told her I had been terribly upset by the e-mail and that if she ever had a problem with me I would like her to address it directly to me instead of sending it out to the whole office. I think we both felt better after the conversation, but I am still somewhat unsettled.

I did decide to stay on, though. After all, I wanted to come here badly enough to take on the commute, and even finding out that the other guy was coming here as well, while it gave me pause, I still wanted this badly enough¬† that I didn’t let it stop me. So I’m not going to let it stop me now, but I’m less certain than I was before, and far more wary. Too bad, really, but that’s life, I guess.

2 Responses to “Week Three – Day Five”

  • MA:

    I hope anyone reading this who wishes to comment will do so. I could use some feedback here.
    Thanks,
    M.A.

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