Not for the weak minded.

smaller group

February 27th, 2008 Josh

This past Sunday I checked out a church called Shoreline, which was quite a bit like Crosspoint. They meet in a movie theater so the stage is quite a bit smaller, but they do have one giant screen! Tonight I dropped by one of the life groups called The Edge expecting to meet a bunch of people. Instead, there were only about 6 people there, but the good thing about that was I was able to talk to most of them and actually get to know a few people. It was a nice evening.

One interesting thing they mentioned is that the church is starting a Tuesday evening service at the local Irish Pub. That will be interesting to see!

Dark cell

February 26th, 2008 Josh

Yesterday was my first day. I spent the morning in a training room watching safety and security videos and filling out paperwork. After lunch I set up my computer and got a quick tour of the facilities. When I say cubical, it’s actually a pretty solidly constructed box, with dry-wall and outlets… it just doesn’t go to the ceiling. I would send a picture… but you can’t take pictures inside the building ;-). The only down side is that the lights in the ceiling do not line up with my cube, so it’s relatively dark without the aid of a desk lamp.

Today I started learning some software, getting more computer access, and helping Jake on his project. I also got a clock and a light tree to brighten up the place, but I forgot to buy bulbs…. Tonight I’m going to have to stop by home depot and pick up some supplies for a dimmer and bulbs. Circuit city is also a priority for a new mouse, mouse-pad, headphones, and anything else that might catch my eye.

First day away; first day home

February 23rd, 2008 Josh
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Today was my first full day in FWB, and when I woke up, it was still raining outside. Last night I met most of the engineers that work for DRS at Chili’s. It’s an interesting crew, and if you thought I was nerdy… well you haven’t met these guys. After Chili’s I went with my friend Jake and one of the other engineers to a local bar called Hellen Back. After a big pizza, a few beers and many tries at the ring swing game, we called it a night.

This afternoon I did some apartment searching, but nothing good yet. After that I went over to Jake’s place and helped him put lowering springs on the front of his Scion TC. It was inevitable that I would be doing car stuff the first day I was here! Now I just have to find an apartment with a garage and I’ll be right at home!

We ended up going to see Vantage Point. Not the greatest flick I’ve seen lately. Well, time for sleep.

Arrival

February 21st, 2008 Josh

I stayed in Gainesville last night with Doug; it was nice to get a decent visit in with him before I headed out this morning. The trip from Gainesville to Fort Walton Beach wasn’t too bad, only 5 hours, and that was driving in really bad weather. I also got a migraine headache right when I hit Tallahassee (imagine that) and had to pull over and sleep for an hour till it went away. Luckily I had pain killers and caught it early or it might have ruined the trip all together. So the whole trip from Fort Myers to Fort Walton Beach takes about 8 1/2-9 hours. Not too bad.

When I got here it was pouring cats and dogs and all the roads on the island where I’m staying were flooded with 3-6″ of water, so I had to drive extremely slow. I got to the condo, found the real estate office where I thought I was to pick up my keys, but when I got inside the lady had no clue who I was and told me I needed to go to some other real estate office that was a good 15 min drive away. So after getting soaked running in and out of this office (my umbrella was useless in the driving rain) I slowly forded the river back to the mainland and got my keys.

So I’m here. Not a great start, but it can only improve from here. I’m headed out to meet the guys from work in an hour, so until then I can work on my new business… which I will post later.

End of days

February 20th, 2008 Josh

Well today I leave Fort Myers for what could possibly be the rest of my life. I never really wanted to come back, but now that I’ve been here and made such wonderful friends, I don’t really want to leave. The only other time that I have left a place to move to somewhere where the future was a big question mark was when I went to college. It is exciting and scary at the same time. I don’t even have a place to live. I’m risking quite a bit on this job, but I think the reward will be great!