I had a pretty eventful start to my time at ISlide. My first day, was also my first day of classes for the semester (second semester as a senior), so that was certainly a lot to handle all at once. That weekend, we were running a vendor setup at the HoopHall Classic in Springfield Massachusetts. Despite an incredible amount of car troubles which had lead to me not even being able to come to the office, I committed to getting myself out there, in a snowstorm, for Saturday afternoon/evening, as well as Sunday morning and early afternoon.
I managed to get out there, in my mom’s minivan, despite the snow. The event itself was a grand time, I got to watch a middle schooler make 32 shots (on our pop-a-shot setup) in thirty seconds, so that was cool. We didn’t get to see too many of the actual hoophall games until the end of the night, but we made up for that by going out to dinner afterwards. My new boss, Stephen “Baz” Basden, and I decided that the new MGM Springfield would be as good a place as any to put the company credit card to a little use. After a burger a piece, and a beer or two, we finally headed to the hotel.
Baz, not knowing the license plate number on his car, had to go back out to check it, so the hotel would know which car was his. This left me and the guy behind the desk alone together. I wish Baz hadn’t done that. Those five or ten minutes will remain among the most uncomfortable of my life. Don’t get me wrong, he was a nice guy. Really nice, like REALLY nice, or at least he was trying to be. But he was about 50 if he was a day, and I just don’t swing that way, so I just stood there awkwardly and tried to not offend him with my silence, as he tried to convince me to switch into the “luxury suite” (wink wink). Baz finally returned and we went to our room, the one we had asked for, not the luxury suite, and watched Shawshank Redemption until we passed out.
The next day, and most of the days since, have been much less eventful. Certainly not in a bad way, if all of my days here were that exciting I don’t think I could handle it. Since then I have learned a lot working here, and it has been really nice to work for a company where I can tell that I am actually having an impact on a regular basis. I have written a few press releases which were published, which is pretty awesome. If you are reading this, there is also a pretty good chance you read some of the other blogs that I wrote while here, which were all a lot of fun to work on (if not, you should read them, I’m really funny). Every day that I work, I come in and walk across a half-court to get to my desk, maybe dodge a few basketballs (depending on how much work the sales guys are doing that day), and say hi to one of the two office dogs we have around. Even if my days aren’t as eventful as that first weekend was, they sure are pretty unique.
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