An entirely different world — Day 2

Some observations from going through the second day of web-based programming instruction …

I managed to catch up quite a bit on my second lab assignment in the morning as some lecturing was going on, but still managed to keep up with the concept of what was being discussed as far as new topics.

As lunch time approached (at 10:30 a.m., since we’re based on Eastern time), after having gone through the lab assignment instructions step by step, I found that my screen was a bit messed up.  The easy way of coding that I had been enjoying wasn’t quite as smooth as I was thinking.  I still had to go line by line through a “cheat sheet” to see where the problems were, fixed them, and got my second lab done.

computer lab

computer lab (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Then it was on to the third lab module.  And I continued to run into frustrations over the step-by-step instructions not being quite so clear for an “introductory” course.  I’ve done some technical writing before, and I know I could do a better job than what was given here to work with … truth be told.

I was just over halfway through my third lab assignment before I had to leave.  Yep, this is a whole new world for an old mainframe guy, no doubt about it.

There’s a huge adjustment to be made over “home time.”  We’re going through a huge adjustment there, from being home most of the time to not being home much at all.  It’s tough.

Off to a meeting Tuesday night, hopefully won’t be out too late.  There’s a music playlist to put together before bedtime.

No rest for the confused!

About A View From The Middle (Class)

Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October that year. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up on a daily basis over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that put us back into the "middle class." But then that job went away, and I took a job as a transit bus driver that put us more in a lower income bracket. Now, I want to blog again on a more regular basis to tell of the kinds of struggles people like us go through as we work toward something better. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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