I was out the door at 8am and on my way to work. As I drank my Slim-Fast (doesn't work) and drove down Main Street toward downtown, I reminisced about how I used to make the same drive 6 years ago. Past the Meacham airport, through "little Mexico", the stockyards, more little Mexico, tattoo shops(with layaway!), across the bridge, over the river and through the woods...ok, not that last part. I make my way through downtown to my building, pull into the parking garage, place my pickup in park, take a ticket from the attendant, and walk inside the building while they go park my pickup! COOL! I spent the first 2-3 hours receiving a brain dump from James (the guy I'm replacing), learning how much GIM has changed in 6 years. Then I moved to a computer with the lady who does the new accounts processing. After I thought I had a grasp on how to process new accounts, I took a stack of about 15 new accounts and proceeded to set them up in our system. By 12:40pm I still had not seen anyone get lunch, so I HAD to say something since my Slim Fast ran out 3 hours ago. So in my true otter fashion, I stood up, looked around, and said "Does anyone eat lunch around here?" I got a few laughs, but most importantly, a date to lunch at Mi Cocino's with James and Trey (the owner's son who works part time). I was told that I would be frowned upon if I did not get the #7, so the #7 it was. It was nice to get outdoors and walk the streets of downtown (I love it!) during lunch. Back at the office I continued where I left off until 5pm snuck up on me. I actually felt very productive! They are so swamped in operations right now, so it felt good to be able to help them catch up a little with the new accounts on my first day! I went in to James' office and talked for about 30 minutes, then we both took off. We walked down the hall, out the doors, and handed a valet attendant our tickets, and 2-3 minutes later, there were our vehicles! How cool is that! I left downtown and went to Ridgmar mall to look for some shoes and one more suit. I found some pretty hip flat toe'd dress shoes, but I couldn't find a suit I liked that was in my price range, so tomorrow after work I will probably go to Men's Wearhouse to see what I can find. Tomorrow at work I will start executing some trades for several accounts, so that will be fun. I was very pleased with my first day, and I really think this going to be an awesome job! I love it! It is sooo nice to be back in the industry. I think I may actually look forward to going to work! No more internet surfing or personal emailing or blogging at work though. The SEC is very strict on investment firms, and the IT manager told me today that she has to keep a copy of every single email that comes in and out of the office. WOW! That may be a culture shock for me at first, but I think I will stay so busy I won't even think about it.
I watched part of The Amazing Race tonight, mostly because Rob and Amber from Survivor are in it. It was kind of fun to watch, but I must admit, I did more browsing on this laptop than paying attention to the 2nd hour of the show.
Jeff, I just saw that Dexter Coakley was released...what's up with that?!?