I started a new job last week and visited Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the second time ever. This was the first time I got to actually see Pittsburgh since I was busy traveling or interviewing last time. This time I tried to sample some of the shopping and restaurants since I’ll be coming back from time to time for work. Nothing about Pittsburgh has really wow’d me yet other than the tunnel/bridge intro to the downtown area.
Now that I’m home for a week, I’ve started whipping my office into shape. I’ll have more to share regarding my new office in a couple weeks or so, I guess, when I have it in a better place. Right now I’m looking into some shades for the skylight to keep the sun off my head during the afternoon and might need to come up with an interim solution while I wait for those to be fabricated. I’m also doing a much needed culling of all the junk I’ve been collecting since I really don’t need a bunch of empty CD crystal cases (many of them broken) and other miscellaneous crap I’ve built up in my office.
Finally, while I was out, I got a package from Waste Management containing the truck you see pictured above. Gabe has already destroyed it somewhat more than is pictured there since it’s a very intricate truck not really intended for him, but it’s really cool. Apparently when I filled out a survey for them in the past few weeks I suggested they send text messages warning to set out your trash the day before they pick up (since I often forget). Apparently, they liked the idea and I got a hand-written note stating, “Look for ‘Green Alerts’ coming soon.” I thought that was pretty cool and probably obliterates any thoughts we were having about possibly switching to Howie’s Trash Service, which is a new local service with purple (Go State!) trash cans (and Howie’s being a company I’ve liked for some time for various reason).
Anyway, it’s been quite a week for me. I’m now off to do some more organizing in my office.