I worked, which was OK...I didn't have to do much of anything, other than refill printers and tell a couple people to put their drinks on the floor.
After work, I went over to Dan's office, and got the first half of what I'm supposed to be doing this quarter...namely, fixing up and deploying a coverage-testing app to all our teams, and then supporting it. I'm rather excited about being able to work on this...I insisted he give me the source, so now I can bug-fix and maintain (and bugzilla) to my heart's content.
The other part (which I haven't got yet) is the DBA part...I have to figure out how to use JDBC. If anyone can give me some good pointers in that respect, I'd appreciate it. I'm thinking of playing around with Postgres and JDBC, but haven't yet had time to do that.
Someone I happened to know from 109 (whom I shall call LM) came into Dan's office towards the tail end of our efforts. I was planning to do a beach trip after we finished, and mentioned something like this in passing...and somehow, partially at Dan's instigation, ended up with her out at Montana de Oro.
We drove all the way out to the end, where the only other car in the parking lot (and by parking lot I mean patch of dirt) had two people in the back seat having a good time. And by having a good time, I mean...well, you know what I mean.
Anyway, we took the trail that led off toward the hills, and walked and talked for a ways...a good hour or two, at least. We spent the time just catching up on everything that had happened in the past year and a half...girlfriends, boyfriends, classes, random musings about the facts of life, you name it.
We stopped at the cove with the beach on our way out, skipped rocks, played around in the sand, and talked some more. I have always said (and LM agrees with me) that the best way to get to know someone is to spend one-on-one time with them. It is, unfortunately, something I very rarely get to do with those in my current group of friends.
What's interesting to me is that the conversation flowed very freely...that's something that rarely happens to me with people I don't know that well. What's even more interesting is the fact that it happened spontaneously. It usually means that if I give that person a chance, I'll be able to become good friends with them.
It's amazing how a week that started out crappy can be made soooooo much better by a mini-trip (to the beach, or anywhere else); especially if you bring a friend along.
Try it sometime...if you're one of my friends, I'll even go with you. :)