Call me old-fashioned, but I felt a stirring in my breast when I took the Oath of Office.
I don’t know how many people take it seriously, or how many people think of themselves as really being public servants, but it is true. We are here to uphold the Constitution. For many people, it is only an old piece of parchment with no claim to greatness or Philosophical knowledge than any other. I make no secret of the fact that I think the Constitution represents a sacred moment in the history of the world. But I digress.
Day 1: Today was mostly filling out paperwork. The assumption seems to be that most people won’t have come to the orientation session having properly filled out their paperwork. We covered health care options. Ethics, EEO, etc. Really standard fare for large companies, at least in my experience. Tomorrow we will begin to learn about our jobs as patent examiners, which is very exciting to me; I have been reading blogs, fora, and any other information I could get my hands on to learn about the position and what it entails. In that sense, today was a bit anticlimactic… I want to get to the meat. But I understand that paperwork has to be done.
I do have to say that I am not designed to get up this early!