First day at The Desert Sun

New job, new badge

Today when I arrived for my first day at work, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I not only had a desk but also a working phone extension. (Never mind that someone somewhere in the world confused it for a fax number about five times in a row around midday.) My e-mail had — and still has — yet to be set up, but two out of three ain't bad.

Not having to borrow some vacationing or furloughed coworker's desk for one's first few days is an epic win for any new hire. Plus, I discovered that I'm sitting in quite possibly one of the best little corners of the newsroom: There were enough off-the-wall discussions over there today that The Desert Sun is already fast approaching the gold standard for newsroom atmosphere set by The State Press. I'm also mere steps away from the executive editor's candy dispensary.

Anyway, today I of course did some HR paperwork and consequently got my employee badge, seen above. I also learned all about our content-management system and got some preliminary info on the reporting and shooting I'll be doing in the days and weeks to come. And I got logins and passwords for the CMS and the photo and video services we use, which pretty much made up for the lack of a network/e-mail login.

In the words of Ice Cube, "I gotta say, it was a good day."