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July 25th, 2010

(no subject) @ 04:12 pm

I've now been in London for the better part of a week. Work, while being not quite as assy as I'd dreaded, still ain't that great. I had a long (three hours, maybe?) talk with my coworker who'd transferred out of my group. He convinced me that I shouldn't immediately quit and go wander around Europe and then move back to the SFBA - which had been something I was very seriously considering for a few days, and still haven't entirely dismissed. (Then again, my idea of a rash decision is thinking about something for less than a week.) Talking with him did clarify a bunch of things which'd been bothering me, though....

Part of what has made this job shitty for me is that I'm a slow learner. Things like memorization, or associating random arbitrary stuff with other random arbitrary stuff, or things that I can't go back to first principles on, I'm terrible at. For example: with languages, I'm absolute crap at memorizing vocabulary, but rather good at the grammar to fit the pieces together. If I can't compare'n'contrast something to something else I've learned before, it's very slow going. This particular job involves lots of heuristics that involve doing one thing in one situation, a second thing in a third, and being able to use a very wide but shallow set of knowledge. I'm pretty much the opposite; I much prefer narrow-but-deep. (As it turns out, the coworker who'd transferred is the same way, and was part of the reason he'd quit the group.)

One thing that wasn't changed by talking to my coworker was the desire to depart London. I've lived in plenty of other metropolitan areas before, and am thus somewhat inured to the Ooh-Shiny that London would have otherwise wrought. Perhaps in another time and another place, had my stupid body not decided that it was painful to walk around, or had I been around when a bunch of other people I'd known were living here, I'd have taken to the city more; as it is, I find London to be somewhat cold, unfriendly, rude and full of tossers and shitty food. (It's a great place to visit, though. It's also somewhat telling that I saw more parts of London when Aneel came to visit than I've seen the entire rest of the time here.) Touring through Europe has shown me that I definitely want to see more of it; spending only twelve hours in a given place is nowhere near enough.
 
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From:savia
Date:July 25th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
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You might try spreading out a bit.... Brighton and Lewes are both great places and are not too far away by train. If you are having a shitty time in London, you might find it better to live somewhere outside of the city and have a commute, but at least be happier where you're living.
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From:moof
Date:July 25th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
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Even if I were further out, the job would still drive me bonkers - and commuting usually makes things worse for me, not better. (Ever wonder why I lived in the South Bay instead of the city or eastbay? The commute would have driven me utterly batty. Admittedly, there's an express from Brighton -> London that's only 51 minutes.)

Much as I dislike to think about it, my job defines an awful large part of who I am; if it's going poorly, then pretty much everything else follows.
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From:sayre
Date:July 25th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
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Because the south bay is infinitely better than SF and the easy bay? :)

Sorry to hear about how craptastic things seem to be. :(
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From:moof
Date:July 26th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
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While there are many things I prefer about the south bay to the city/eastbay, the fact remains that damn few of my friends live down in the southbay - they're all up north.
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From:icis_machine
Date:July 26th, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
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agreed with you on the last bit. Right there with you.
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From:ioerror
Date:July 25th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
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I think you'd like Berlin; London is nice but it's not for everybody.
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From:moof
Date:July 25th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Berlin is pretty high up there on the list of places I want to visit. (London is a fabulous place to visit, too, but I think that living here has spoiled its appeal for me.)
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From:chomp
Date:July 27th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
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I was wondering where you were with the job thing! Thanks for keeping us updated and good luck with it. I hope I get to see you again, whether in Europe or in the Bay Area.
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From:panthergirl
Date:July 29th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
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I find it sad that you are there, and dislike it, whilst I always wanted to have the job that sent me there. How funny is life?
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From:moof
Date:July 29th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
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I had such high hopes for London, too. Maybe if it were twenty years ago....

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