Week Five and Changes

The fifth week of the spring quarter ends, and over the past five days I was lucky enough to get my Japanese exam score back to find out that I got an A (96.25%) on it, which is not only good, but far better than I had originally thought, given the fact that I had omitted certain sections of the exam due to either spacing out or just plain not studying. Imagine my surprise when many of the guesses I made were actually correct. Of course, I could attribute that mostly due to the fact that this is actually my third time around taking this class. The same class also yielded the Kanji quiz for that section, and I got a B- (82.5%)… which is exactly what I expected. Turns out that 16.5 out of 20 was what a majority of the class ended up getting, so I don’t feel too bad about that. I’m doing okay in my other classes so far, which is a major surprise. I have my midterm exam in History coming up next week on the 14th. Having already completed my midterm for Philosophy, I got it out of the way and I don’t have to worry about having to complete it at all. Math exam number two is Friday morning next week, the 16th.

Monday afternoon, I went to go see X2: X-Men United at the Century 22 theater. I thought it was much better than the original X-Men, though I really want to go back and watch the first one again to refresh my memory. I guess I’ll have to add X-Men to the pile of DVDs that must be mine. Tuesday, a friend from Redwood City came down to San Jose and we went to the Milpitas Golfland for some DDR action. On the way back, we stopped by Gamestop to visit Todd, and then off to Kinokuniya Bookstore to pick up some new cds and check out the manga. I still need a final project for Japanese 3 for translation work. I get extra credit for it, and in Japanese 2, it’s what raised my final grade from C to B, so I tend to take it very seriously. Unbeknowest to me, though, I had left my credit/debit card on the counter. So when and I went to go see X2 again on Wednesday night, I had him spot me for the ticket while I went inside to withdraw cash from the ATM machine and imagine my shock and fear when I opened my wallet and noticed it missing. I spent the time before the movie started searching the theater and my car and all around my car for the card. I called Todd and asked if I had left it at his store, and then I figured out that it was probably at Kinokuniya. Thursday morning, after classes, I went over there and sure enough, the manager of the store (after checking my ID) returned it to me. I briefly thought about buying something, but I decided to hold off.

The misplacement of my debit card aside, I had a pretty good week. It was just this morning when I came in to work that sucked pretty hard. My boss announced to us all during the weekly meeting that he has submitted his resignation (his departure date a few weeks from now) to HR. This means that not only are we going to lose the VP of IT, but also we’re no longer without a NOC manager. I’m personally and professionally sad to see him go, because I did enjoy working with him and out of the NOC managers I’ve worked with in the past, he’s actually been the best one. For now, I guess we speed up our transition to working over at eBay. We report directly to our CTO, once our boss leaves and even then there’s been no real mention of trying to find another manager to lead us. I assume that our CTO will be filling in until we’re under eBay’s site operations group, and then their management will put us under that umbrella for authority. I’m more than just a little concerned about all of this, but right now all I can do is sit and wait. There’s not much in the way of change that I can personally affect, and that’s both comforting and frustrating at the same time. I want to step up and do something, but at the same time, I just don’t have the drive or time to really contribute anything on a sustained level. I’m literally just along for the ride, at this point, despite the supposed open-door policy upper management has.

We’ll just see what happens.

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