The Pythian family got a new song last Monday — “Sheeri” means “my song” in Hebrew.
High winds delayed my flight last Monday, and we’ve had two snow storms since I arrived. Luckily, my real-life context switch has not been too difficult. Boston weather is similar — it just feels like deep winter here instead of early winter — and the exchange rate with the US dollar is very close. Even the money is approximately the same form factor, except the “loonie” and “toonie”. Though I don’t think I’m going to convert from Dunkin Donuts to Tim Horton’s any time soon.
There aren’t as many Canadian flags displayed around as there are US flags in the States — odd, since this is the government district. Similarly, Christmas decorations aren’t as overwhelming in this, a Christian country, as in the States, which has a constitutional separation of church and state.
I haven’t had anyone ask me for spare change. There are a lot of Greek and Middle Eastern restaurants around — in one kilometer of Bank Street, there are three different shawarma restaurants. Unlike Boston, though, the predominant pizza is Italian style, not Greek style (Greek style pizza has less sauce, a breadier crust and more cheese, which I am not fond of).
I’ve been working at Pythian for over a week now, and I really like the work model, environment and culture. The Boston office will be set up and ready for me when I come back, which I’m very excited about. The Pythian model of training is “jump right in, and ask questions when you don’t understand something.” The teams are very good technically, and people routinely help each other out. My teammates have been known to work on something I’ve been meaning to get to, and nobody utters a word of complaint. It’s a great workplace and I’m definitely learning a lot about all my team’s different client environments, both MySQL (my area of expertise) and Oracle.
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