Oh, Hai

Who knows where the time goes? I see my last post was on December 24th, so belated Happy New Year to all!

I finally got my car on the evening of December 27th. I’m really very pleased with it so far. It’s nice going back to a sedan after almost 3 years in an SUV, though it takes some time to get used to sitting lower. The car is filled with technology that many of you may take for granted but that I didn’t have in my last car – backup camera, remote start, some more buttons here and there. No ashtray in the car and so I’ve decided, based only partly on that, to not smoke in the car. I’ve even managed to stick to that when stuck in some pretty bad traffic. Podcasts are helping me keep my mind off both traffic and smoking.

One pain in the butt is that the car has Apple CarPlay, which is very nice, but not as nice as I was expecting, for two reasons:

1 – When playing music, the car’s screen just shows artist, song, album in text. I was hoping to see the album cover as well. Curiously, the artwork does appear, thumbnail size, in the “computer” section under the tach/speedometer, just not on the big screen.

2 – Waze will not display on the screen at all. Apparently Apple’s rules for CarPlay disallow any navigational apps except their own, humongously bad Apple Maps (which couldn’t find my office building even though it’s huge, not new, and on a main street in BGC). I can have the audio directions play through the car’s stereo but the app won’t display on the screen. (This is not an issue with Android but I’m not ready to switch to Android … yet. Let’s see what they do with the Galaxy S9 when it gets announced presumably next month.)

All of that aside, I’m now one month into the new job. I won’t lie – I’m pretty much exhausted by the time I get home every night and not feeling like doing much on the weekends other than lying around watching movies (so far this year Coco, The Beguiled, Lady Bird, I Tonya, The Disaster Artist and mother! for the second time) and TV (Black Mirror season 2, The End of the Fxxxing World). I assume things will even out once I get more used to the daily commute as well as all of the new stuff I’m dealing with at the office. I like my boss, I like the people I’m working with, there’s a ton of work but so far it’s all good.

So that’s about it for now. Nothing exciting going on. Work, sleep, work, sleep, the occasional nice meal or shot of whisky. I’ve been working on a post on my favorite music of 2017, not sure when I will be able to finish it. So for now, here’s a photo to share, took it on the way home a few days ago, I don’t think I’d mind if I could do this during my commute too ….