Critical Mass is growing. We’re preparing for a (hoped) massive expansion, but also have organic growth to contend with.
This is what led Critical Mass to have to hire a new Project Analyst. And luckily for me, it’s my friend Graham.
You might remember Graham from a couple train chases, specifically my last hunt of 6060 (see [[Chasing CN 6060 Stettler to Big Valley]]) and from the Inaugural Run of the CPR Empress (see [[The Inaugural Run of the Steam Locomotive CPR Empress, CP 2816]]). It’s because of Graham’s ex-girlfriend that I met Graham while chasing 2816, because I looked a little lost. Since them, Graham and I have forged an interesting friendship, based mostly around trains.
This means, of course, that I’m no longer the only train guy in the office. And some people here already know this. When Graham came for his first interview, Claude asked him about his hobbies, which included (of course) chasing trains. They asked if Graham knew me.
Now this is where I got screwed. You see, Graham didn’t apply for this job because of me. I didn’t even know about it. Graham applied knowing that I work for Critical Mass. Because he wanted to get in on his own merit, he feined ignorance of me. If I’d had the chance to recommend him (and I would have), I could have received a $1,000 referral bonus.
Either way, it’s all good. Hopefully, I’ll see Graham more than I have in the past (which isn’t that much), but with him on the fourth floor and me on the second, it’s hard to say how much our paths will cross.
And we have to be a little cautious. If both of us ever called in sick at once, the immediate assumption would be that we’re chasing trains.