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New York, New York!

I’m headed back east for some more training, but this time it’s in a city I am very well acquainted with: New York City!  Can definitely say I am looking forward to going back especially now that it isn’t the frozen tundra it was for awhile this winter. Even better, Larry is joining me there as his work wants him out there this week too, which is kinda nuts in terms of awesome timing. 

Back in Atlanta

So just 3 or so days after getting back home from Atlanta for my 3-day PwC Orientation, I’m BAAAACK.  But I guess I should do some backfill here.

The Orientation last week was great.  I ended up meeting quite a few people and liking nearly all of them.  What got hammered into our heads quite a bit during the sessions was that this job requires you to build a network.  Dammit, I did.  I’m thrilled so far to work in this company as there are a lot of motivated and fun people.  I’m anxious still as I only want to do well in this position and I recognize that I have a lot yet to learn.  But I do think I’ll be given the opportunity to improve and not be expected to be perfect immediately.  Alright, I’m rambling – it’s been a whirlwind this week.

So on Tuesday night, during our final dinner event, I started hearing about Dallas Intl getting shut down due to freezing rain.  Sure enough, it was, and my Wednesday evening American Airlines flight through there to LAX was cancelled.  So I scrambled and ended up getting on US Airways via Charlotte, NC to LAX.  Ah, the life of a traveler!  I did finally get home to LA, where Larry picked me up.  Got to sleep around 1am which was a bit frustrating as on Thursday, it was my first day in the LA office!

So while many of my nerves had gone away during the orientation in Atlanta, they came roaring back for my first day in the office. I need to chill!  Things went good though, from the drive in (only 25 minutes or so, taking the 101S to the 110S) to the fact that the beginning of the day was a local orientation and there were people I knew and liked from Atlanta.  I learned the dress code was business casual (score!  although I better get to use my new suit more than just for my headshot!) and that PwC LA practices the “hoteling” concept for desks/offices.  Basically, if you are planning to be in the office the next day, you make a reservation in the scheduling system for an available desk.  When you then go in that next day, when you sit down and turn your computer on, it’ll “check you in” automatically and the desk phone there updates to your details.  It’s pretty cool.  A paradigm shift for sure, but I’m liking it so far.

Friday was my first hoteling day and also more time spent to complete administrative tasks and training assignments.  I then got to meet people I’ll be likely working with locally, including my buddy and one of the directors there.  A “buddy” in this case means the person PwC assigns you to that you can ask questions and feel at ease with.  They’re typically your same level and in my case, they also work in the same group.  He’s a great guy and helped put me at ease.  I also finally finally joined up to an affinity group – I never did it at NBCU as I guess I got jaded; so here I went to the LGBT group’s kickoff meeting (great timing!) and made some more friends and contacts.  And there was champagne and cupcakes!  Good times.  All in all, a great first week.  Exhausting though.

On Saturday, it was my only day for doing things with Larry around the apartment, and we were very productive. Not only did I get my box of documents destroyed at the UPS Store, we took more stuff to Goodwill.  Then we went to IKEA and got our new desks and a laundry room shelf system for the new place.  I think we’re gonna like it there!  Let’s just say it’s very very gay friendly.  And also the IKEA stuff will make our new place look great.  I’m excited to move!  We’re probably going to shoot for two weeks from now….farewell, Franklin Hills!

And now I’m back in Atlanta.  I’m nowhere near as stressed as I was last Sunday night before my first day at PwC. I’m thankful.  Tomorrow is a one-day training and then I head home to LA in the evening.  I’m sleepy just thinking about it!  Anyway, I’ve got to get some sleep soon.  Here are some pics…UPDATE:  It seems I can’t easily link pics via the iPad site.  I’ll edit this later this week.  (This mobile app really bothers me.) The update has occurred!  Pictures pictures pictures!

Our new office and new desks
Our new office and new desks07-Mar-2015 17:46, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
In the kitchen
In the kitchen07-Mar-2015 17:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
Our newly built laundry room shelves
Our newly built laundry room shelves07-Mar-2015 17:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
The view from my Atlanta hotel room this one-day trip
The view from my Atlanta hotel room this one-day trip10-Mar-2015 18:57, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
Me and Carey at the Korean BBQ we went to on Saturday night
Me and Carey at the Korean BBQ we went to on Saturday night07-Mar-2015 20:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 250
Larry, Jamal and Paras
Larry, Jamal and Paras07-Mar-2015 20:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 250
My PwC building at night
My PwC building at night09-Mar-2015 22:21, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
09-Mar-2015 22:21, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500

Hell’s Yeah, Madonna is Touring Again

There was some awesome news this morning when I read that Madonna’s announced a new world tour to promote her new album, Rebel Heart. A nice way to help diffuse some of the anxiety from this morning!   She’ll be in LA late October of this year and you know damn well that I’ll be dragging Larry along with me then.  It’s going to be at the Forum, which I haven’t been to since going to see David Bowie and NiN with Mila and Sveta back in the mid 90s.  I’m sure ticket prices will be nuts, but we’ll see how it goes when taking advantage of the Citibank pre-sale!


As for PwC fun – it’s been a good, great day.  Of course I was ridiculously anxious this morning and had extra time to stew in it as the day didn’t start until 11am.  But once it did, I got into the zone.  I met some people immediately and have continued to meet a variety of amazingly smart and talented people throughout the day.  I also got my laptop and a firehose training session about the all things we have to do via it.  I’ve got to log hours?  That’s a first.  I am just blown away by the sophistication and the encompassing way PwC is doing the orientation.  It’s fantastic and really does a good job of making sure to give you the tools necessary for success.  I can tell I’m going to be quite busy here.

Side note fun stuff:  The food spreads have been delicious (ice cream bar!  open bar!  Italian food!) but then I find out they have free chair massages too!  Much needed this evening and man, I was ready for another 20-30 minutes!  I’ll be actually taking part in the cardio class tomorrow at 7am because why not? 

Alright, enough from me for now.  I will probably sleep much better tonight than I did last night. 

I’m in Atlanta

My PwC chapter is about to begin! I’m in Atlanta for 3 days for an orientation and then on Thursday, I’m back in Los Angeles and I start for reals. Exciting times! And maybe I’m actually getting past my anxiety!

So here I am and ready to do this.