Starting a New Job Can Always Be Worse


While I recently told you how my kids are now official Nintendo Kid Reviewers, I’m proud to announce that I’m now officially part of the Netflix Stream Team! That means I’ll be sharing lots of great Netflix content with you guys, and hopefully loads of behind-the-scenes awesomeness.

I’ve seen some of my blogger friends attend all sorts of Netflix events for great shows like Orange is the New Black. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’ll get invited to something related to Marvel’s slew of Netflix series including Daredevil!


Anyways, what I love about this program with Netflix is that every month they give us a suggested theme to work with. This month it’s all about mini-milestones. Whether it’s a First Trick-or-Treat, a First Dance or First Kiss, there’s loads of firsts in every kid and adult’s life.

For me, the most recent mini-milestone is that I started a new job about 2 months ago. Oddly enough, my commute has barely changed, since this new gig is literally just one block away from my old one!

When I think of work in general, my media-centric brain instantly shoots to one of my favorite TV comedies: The Office.  You may think this show’s just ridiculously over-the-top and unrealistic. No way any professional business would ever behave the same insane way as the Dunder Mifflin crew. Right? Wrong.

I used to read Dilbert religiously in the paper and equate loads of daily comic strips to my day job in the dot com world. Well, now that I’ve worked quite a bit in the more corporate type world, I can safely say that yes indeed, there are managers nearly as clueless as Michael Scott. The ludicrous amount of meetings just to discuss meetings does actually exist. And while I’ve never participated in an Office Olympics, we have done similar activities.

It’s always scary starting a new job and that first day is a total mix of complete confusion and utter helplessness. It’s always a bit daunting and overwhelming, but over time, you start to get the hang of it and before you know it, you’re no longer the new guy. That’s how I feel now, at least. My first week was brutal and I felt like I was so in over my head. It got slightly better over time and now, just two months in, I feel like I’ve been there for years. I’m also no longer the “new guy.”

But the best thing about my job that’s quite different from the Scranton crew of The Office? That’d be the fact that I never have to wear a tie. Yeah, sometimes it’s the little things.





18 thoughts on “Starting a New Job Can Always Be Worse”

  1. Yes, I know what it is like being a newbie. It is exciting, but nerve wracking. You are a busy guy! I like to see your posts on Netflix. I have subscribed to Hulu Plus. Congrats on your new job.

  2. Good luck with the new job! My husband is a huge Office fan – I like it but he loves it. I will be curious to read more about your information on Netflix. We have it but I don’t use it much and would like to make better use of it.

  3. Starting a new job can be both exciting and scary, but thats the thrill of it. New co-workers, maybe a raise in salary, good luck! Love The Office btw! 🙂

  4. Overcoming the uncertainties of a new job is definitely a milestone. I’m glad you were able to adjust. Netflix has some great original series and the Marvel projects sound very promising. Congrats on being part of the Netflix Stream Team!

  5. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to watch much on Netflix these days. (I can barely keep up with my regular shows on TV.) But I’m so glad that you’re on the Stream Team so I can get some good recommendations and not waste my time clicking through things trying to find a good movie or show to watch.

  6. That’s exciting. I hope you get picked to do some Marvel related things, too. I completely agree with you about starting a new job. I’m always so nervous and feel out of place and lost those first couple of weeks.

  7. I am looking forward to reading more from your Netflix posts. Also, congratulations on the job and no longer being the newbie.

  8. That is cool that you got picked. I, sadly, did not. Really wanted to be a part of the Stream Team too. I am looking forward to the Marvel stuff and look forward to what you are going to blog about, as well.


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