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Yes.  Commute is like 15-minutes to the shuttle parking lot, maybe a 5-minute wait (mine has always been less), and then a 10-15 minute shuttle to the hospital.  If I drive direct, it's only 13-minutes from my apartment, but there isn't any available parking on-Site right now and the garage has around a year waiting list (noooooo).  But even with the shuttle trip, it's really only a half hour commute/not even in the morning and maaaaaaybe a 40-min commute in the afternoon due to a little bit of traffic.  Half of my commute is shuttle time, anyway, so it's not really affecting me?  I think my body is still adjusting?  I just need to get on a schedule and find a gym.  I think I'll be better once I start working out again.  It'll at least make me too tired to stay up late.

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Wow, we went 5 whole days without a post here. What is happening to us?

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JK too busy getting up to speed with new job and trying to make friends (?) as an adult in a new city.  Both are difficult in their own way.

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1 hour ago, JayKay0914 said:

JK too busy getting up to speed with new job and trying to make friends (?) as an adult in a new city.  Both are difficult in their own way.

Making friends as an adult is more difficult than it looks on paper.  

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@RBHeadge PE Indy is going good so far.  Got a way bigger apartment from the landlords, which is good, but I'm still trying to catch up on things I need to buy (like food, since I literally only packed my car with nothing else) and adjusting to the new schedule of being able to leave 'early'.  I think I already have like 2.5 hours of comp time without really trying.  Everyone here is really nice and it's actually making me more tense since I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, ha ha ha.

@vhab49_PE I've joined a couple meetups, but, yeah.  Making adult friends is hard.  Especially in Indy it seems like everyone either sticks with their high school friends, and never change, or they are married/have kids and stay with other married people who have kids.  So.  Yeah.  Meetup has let me meet with a couple people and it's been fun so far.

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24 minutes ago, vhab49_PE said:

Making friends as an adult is more difficult than it looks on paper.  

Totally true.

10 minutes ago, JayKay0914 said:

and adjusting to the new schedule of being able to leave 'early'.  I think I already have like 2.5 hours of comp time without really trying. 

Leaving early, i.e. 3:30? It's nice isn't it?

Have you earned comp time for working late, or do you owe them time? If the former, sounds great!

10 minutes ago, JayKay0914 said:

 Everyone here is really nice and it's actually making me more tense since I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, ha ha ha.

I've been there too, having left an toxic employer and then going someplace where everyone is super nice. Made me really paranoid. It's been two years and I'm still not completely comfortable, even though I consciously know that everything is cool. My advice is to try to relax, take everything at face value, and enjoy the pleasant situation. But much like making friends as an adult, that's easier said than done.

 

Are you going to try to get your PE in Indiana. Do you need to?

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2 minutes ago, RBHeadge PE said:

Totally true.

Leaving early, i.e. 3:30? It's nice isn't it?

Have you earned comp time for working late, or do you owe them time? If the former, sounds great!

I've been there too, having left an toxic employer and then going someplace where everyone is super nice. Made me really paranoid. It's been two years and I'm still not completely comfortable, even though I consciously know that everything is cool. My advice is to try to relax, take everything at face value, and enjoy the pleasant situation. But much like making friends as an adult, that's easier said than done.

 

Are you going to try to get your PE in Indiana. Do you need to?

Leaving early is nice, especially since my 'wakeup' time is similar to what I was doing at home in NY (just a much shorter commute).  I just need to get back on a normal schedule so I'm not waffling when I go home.  I think that's one of the reasons why I'm still really, really, tired, even though I think I'm getting enough sleep.  Joined a gym (technically 2), so I'm hoping that'll keep me going and get me back on a semi-normal schedule

Earned comp time for working late (i.e., I wanted to try and get a bunch of trainings done before I started getting involved with projects, but I was like, "I don't want to stay too late"?).  I think me doing 'non-bill' items, but not getting in trouble for doing it, is def throwing me off.  My plan is to try and get as much comp time this year to help with a vacation next year in June 2020 that is around 2.5 weeks long, and then switch over to OT billing if possible since I've been told that comp/vacation time is slow when you first start but then all of a sudden it can spiral out of control and then you have way too much all of a sudden and you need to use it or lose it.

It's not that I left a toxic employer (that my first job that I left in 2017), but it's just...a regional thing?  Like, NYers would not be this nice/this sharing of random info?  I'm not sure if we'll become 'friend-friends' in the office, but, like...they threw me a birthday party with cake and I'm like, 'what is this nonsense?  There is business to be done!' (which is more cranky NYer than anything else).  I def think the Meetup app is going to be my saving grace for socializing (except @txjennah PE is going to be semi-forced into hanging with me).  Agreed that making adult friends is going to be hard, but I'm mostly just looking for socializing/checking out new areas in the city.  THE FOOD AND DRINKS ARE SO CHEAP HERE I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT.  Like, beer is under $9?  And I can get a cocktail for like $7?  This is the Twilight Zone!!!

As for me PE...I might attempt to get the reciprocity for Indiana just to have it, but my supervisor said I would not need it?  Eh.  I might as well get it so I can get the NCEES account up and running in case I leave government after 3-years but am then stuck in Indiana.

 

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Also, double post, but @ChebyshevII PE!  THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE ON EB WITH A DANCING MEGAMAN ICON AND I WAS SO CONFUSED.  Please go fight them!  I cannot have this much megaman in my forums!

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36 minutes ago, JayKay0914 said:

Also, double post, but @ChebyshevII PE!  THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE ON EB WITH A DANCING MEGAMAN ICON AND I WAS SO CONFUSED.  Please go fight them!  I cannot have this much megaman in my forums!

Yeah, I know. He’s being a troll.

The non-confrontational Washingtonian in me is trying to figure out a diplomatic solution. Stand by...for a while...

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6 minutes ago, ChebyshevII PE said:

Yeah, I know. He’s being a troll.

The non-confrontational Washingtonian in me is trying to figure out a diplomatic solution. Stand by...for a while...

The confrontational/potentially mafia-influenced NYer in me is saying piano wire both his Achilles' and then curb stomp him as an example. 

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5 minutes ago, JayKay0914 said:

The confrontational/potentially mafia-influenced NYer in me is saying piano wire both his Achilles' and then curb stomp him as an example. 

SUSPICIOUS

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2 minutes ago, tj_PE said:

SUSPICIOUS

IT'D BE FOR FUNSIES

*edit* - WAIT.  WE DON'T EVEN HAVE A GAME GOING NOW.  HOW COULD IT BE SUSPICIOUS.

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40 minutes ago, JayKay0914 said:

.  I think me doing 'non-bill' items, but not getting in trouble for doing it, is def throwing me off.

Federal service is nice like that. Very rarely are there "charge codes", so everything gets charged to the same pot of money.If/when there are special codes, it's usually an declared emergency and they are shy about reminding you which one to use.

40 minutes ago, JayKay0914 said:

My plan is to try and get as much comp time this year to help with a vacation next year in June 2020 that is around 2.5 weeks long, and then switch over to OT billing if possible since I've been told that comp/vacation time is slow when you first start but then all of a sudden it can spiral out of control and then you have way too much all of a sudden and you need to use it or lose it.

Build up the comp time where you can. It will help get into the use/lose faster. Use/lose is problem you want to have. I like keeping things around for emergencies, or just taking off most of December.

Can you do OT billing? I used to have to take comp time, then wait a year to cash it out.

BTW, you may be at a grade where OT is just 100% and not 150%.

 

40 minutes ago, JayKay0914 said:

, but it's just...a regional thing?  Like, NYers would not be this nice/this sharing of random info?

It's not regional. I'm from the Northeast too and what you describes how I've always seen people operate. I think it's just fed culture. There's less internal competition, more comradely, and interest in the success of the mission. Even when I visit field offices, or other agencies, we try to help each other out with the admin stuff.

40 minutes ago, JayKay0914 said:

As for me PE...I might attempt to get the reciprocity for Indiana just to have it, but my supervisor said I would not need it?  Eh.  I might as well get it so I can get the NCEES account up and running in case I leave government after 3-years but am then stuck in Indiana.

So if you don't need it for your job, then it's really only more money you've got to spend. The only advantage is that you can ethically put PE after your name with a straight face. But most states let govt employees do that anyway regardless of where they are liscenced since as govt employees they by definition can't misrepresent their services as engineers to the public for business purposes.

 

39 minutes ago, JayKay0914 said:

Also, double post, but @ChebyshevII PE

It's the between-wait-period spam thread. Who cares about double posting?

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2 minutes ago, JayKay0914 said:

IT'D BE FOR FUNSIES

*edit* - WAIT.  WE DON'T EVEN HAVE A GAME GOING NOW.  HOW COULD IT BE SUSPICIOUS.

Are we going to try to do a game this week. I can play or mod this week. I can't do next week or the week after.

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1 hour ago, JayKay0914 said:

Leaving early is nice, especially since my 'wakeup' time is similar to what I was doing at home in NY (just a much shorter commute).  I just need to get back on a normal schedule so I'm not waffling when I go home.  I think that's one of the reasons why I'm still really, really, tired, even though I think I'm getting enough sleep.  Joined a gym (technically 2), so I'm hoping that'll keep me going and get me back on a semi-normal schedule

Earned comp time for working late (i.e., I wanted to try and get a bunch of trainings done before I started getting involved with projects, but I was like, "I don't want to stay too late"?).  I think me doing 'non-bill' items, but not getting in trouble for doing it, is def throwing me off.  My plan is to try and get as much comp time this year to help with a vacation next year in June 2020 that is around 2.5 weeks long, and then switch over to OT billing if possible since I've been told that comp/vacation time is slow when you first start but then all of a sudden it can spiral out of control and then you have way too much all of a sudden and you need to use it or lose it.

It's not that I left a toxic employer (that my first job that I left in 2017), but it's just...a regional thing?  Like, NYers would not be this nice/this sharing of random info?  I'm not sure if we'll become 'friend-friends' in the office, but, like...they threw me a birthday party with cake and I'm like, 'what is this nonsense?  There is business to be done!' (which is more cranky NYer than anything else).  I def think the Meetup app is going to be my saving grace for socializing (except @txjennah PE is going to be semi-forced into hanging with me).  Agreed that making adult friends is going to be hard, but I'm mostly just looking for socializing/checking out new areas in the city.  THE FOOD AND DRINKS ARE SO CHEAP HERE I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT.  Like, beer is under $9?  And I can get a cocktail for like $7?  This is the Twilight Zone!!!

As for me PE...I might attempt to get the reciprocity for Indiana just to have it, but my supervisor said I would not need it?  Eh.  I might as well get it so I can get the NCEES account up and running in case I leave government after 3-years but am then stuck in Indiana.

 

I am very happy to hang out with you :p Other than my husband and coworkers, I don't know anyone here! 

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7 minutes ago, ChebyshevII PE said:

@txjennah PE is invited since she posted in this thread now

Ok cool. I'm in.

 

I don't know what I'm doing.

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yes

@Audi driver, P.E. make sure you respond in a timely fashion okay :P 

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5 minutes ago, txjennah PE said:

Ok cool. I'm in.

 

I don't know what I'm doing.

Neither do we. Or at least, i’m Speaking for @Audi driver, P.E. since he’s always so vocal about it.

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25 minutes ago, txjennah PE said:

I don't know what I'm doing.

Neither doesn't anyone else, you'll fit right in!

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