Monday was first day at work at ThalesRaytheonSystems, located at Raytheon‘s facilities in Fullerton (the former Hughes Aircraft facilities where my uncle Peter once worked). It was a pleasure to be back and see the people I had been working with on my previous trips there. I have not been working on the ACCS project for more than a year now (except for a short trip to Paris in January and an occasional support mail and discussions with the local ACCS team in Denmark), so it was interesting to see, if I could remember something about it… It turned out to be no problem at all. Actually, it was a relief to actually do a little tweaking of some real software instead of writing Word documents and making Powerpoint presentations which had been my task for quite a while back at home…

We had lunch at most of my favourite places within the first week – Heroes, Brownstone Cafe, Islands and Soup Plantation. The Raytheon cafeteria suck, sorry to say so. The food is expensive and tastes either bad or of nothing, so we eat at some external restaurant as often as possible (the cafeteria is much faster, though, therefore it is sometimes the only choice). Rikke’s food in the Systematic cafeteria is several orders of magnitude better, I am going to miss that. Well, I have been trying to eat a little healthy this time – no Cokes, no fries. Salad or fruit when possible. All my clothes still fit, so it seems as if I am going to win the bet with Jens Jr. (he was 100% sure I will gain 10 kg / 20 lbs before Christmas).

Friday I was invited to a poker event at colleague Leo’s house. I think my poker skills was no match for the sharks there… Some of them definitely had played a little before, wearing sunglasses and all. Note the tiny pile of chips in front of me on the picture below… But I actually did not finish last in that game and therefore I did not have to go through all sorts of humiliating rituals involving MC Hammer, some tradition at these events. It was a really good time there, despite my lacking poker abilities. My favourite Mexican, Dave, also showed up and we had a chance to have a few beers and discuss what had been going on in our lives the last year.