Keeping Down the Pace

So I started a new job a few weeks ago and it’s going somewhat differently than I’m used to. Basically I’ve been thrown into the water and am expected to learn to swim.

They seem reasonably happy with my dog paddling so far, but I can’t really say the same for me. I’m used to providing a certain level of output, and I’m not really getting there. The weird thing is that this seems to be normal. I talked with a friend of mine, another programmer, after I started my previous job and she was jealous that I was actually writing code, a lot of code, that was actually moving into production. The other programmers around me at that job were writing code, but they were doing smaller projects. God points out to me that the code I’ve been seeing checked in by other programmers at my new job hasn’t been all that extensive.

So maybe I just need to relax and go with the slower pace. I’ve been told that things will ramp up and I’ll be as busy as I want to be, soon enough. In the meantime, I’m enjoying working in San Francisco. I’ve gone to a new place for lunch every single day since I started; though I think I’m almost done with that. And the other day, after work, I walked down to Pier 39, a place I’ve previously only visited when on vacation. Now that’s pretty cool.

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