I asked for a performance review from my boss a while ago, and I got it on Tuesday. It was all good news. There is something clear that I need to work on, which is much, much better than having nowhere to improve :)
My manager said that he is happy with my work and that I have been quite innovative.
I've been getting up around 7:00 in the morning, showering, shaving, dressing, and getting to the MySQL offices around 7:45 - 8:30 (depending on whether I have breakfast at the hotel.)
When I get to the offices, I try to get all of the internet-related work (grabbing libraries, header files I'll need, programs I need to work on, etc) on to my system.
I also try to call hannahadams
and remind her how much I miss her. I tell her good night (It's around 11:00 pm there at this point in the morning), and let her get back to sleep.
After the most important emails have been addressed, I pack my office (two computers, power cables, network cables, mouse, mousepad, headphones, reading material, water) into my backpack and head off to the SAP offices.
I go to the U-bahn around the corner and get on one of the trains. Until recently, this was often followed by realizing that I was heading the wrong direction, getting off the train and getting on the one going the other way.
Once, I even got distracted by my book and didn't notice that everyone else had gotten off the train. I was there sitting by myself while the train backed into the end of the tracks and turned around. I was quite distraught, since I didn't know what was happening until everything stopped and there was nothing but tunnel and the dank air of a subway around.
Eventually, the driver walked by and noticed me in the car. He tried in vain to assure me that everything was going okay (at least, I assume that's what he was doing). But alas, he spoke no english, and I no german, so he suggested that I return to the car and wait.
Everything turned out okay, of course. :)
Anyway. After the u-bahn takes me to Zoologischer garten, I get off and take the stairs to the s-bahn stop. It's a rather long ride, so I read.
Eventually, we arrive at Hackescher Markt and I disembark. I walk about seven blocks to the SAP building, pass through security, and go to my offices.
I spend the days asking questions and having meetings. I'll publish some of the answers to my questions and notes from my meetings when I get back to the states.
And now... off to the SAP offices.
Tags: berlin, mysql, performance review, sap