Archive for January, 2007

Gainful Employment

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

So in case all y’all haven’t heard, Company 1 made me an offer and I accepted. I could’ve gotten a little more money if I had gone with the company in Tucson, but (1) I didn’t want to move out of state, (2) Company 1 has better benefits, and (3) Cicada has said that she really loves her job there. And really, how could I turn down the chance to work with her again? After all, this is the woman who convinced me to grow out my curls, and we all know that this directly resulted in my getting married.

Anyway, today was my first day there, and I think it was pretty good as far as first days go, especially since I’ve had one first day that was roughly equivalent to being thrown into a pot of boiling water. I spent most of the day filling out paperwork and getting oriented.

The orientation included a few videos that I got to watch on my computer, one of which featured one of the company’s founders talking about how you make big changes through small means. As an example he mentioned how New York City reduced its crime rate—including dropping its murder rate by two-thirds—by cracking down on smaller crimes like graffiti and turnstile-jumping at the subway. I immediately thought of Freakonomics. (If you’ve read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t read it, you really should.)

I wanted to shout at the monitor, “He’s full of crap! New York’s crime rate didn’t drop because the police cracked down on turnstile-jumpers—it dropped because of abortion!” But I really didn’t want my coworkers looking at me strangely when I hadn’t even been there a full day yet.

I think I’ll save that for next week.

Posted by Jonathon at 10:13 pm | 15 Comments »