Me after my first week or two at my current job in 2007. Iron Maiden shirt!
RECORD STORE TALES MkII: Getting More Tale
I was very excited to begin my current job, back in 2007. I was hired as sales coordinator for the “custom forming” department at a steel company. I would mostly be dealing in railcar parts (weighing anywhere from 4 lbs to 3000 lbs each) and shipping them all over North America (and once even Dubai). It wasn’t all new to me, but a lot of it was going to be. I was replacing someone on a maternity leave, before I was hired on permanent in 2008. She was absolutely meticulous and had a real talent with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. I was inheriting all this and I hadn’t much experience with Excel. I used it at home for budgets and whatnot, but upon seeing my predecessor’s work, I realized I knew relatively very little about it in reality. I had to self educate very quickly.
What does this have to do with rock and roll? asks the bored reader. I’m getting there!
I learn by doing, so I sat down with Excel for a few nights to get myself up to speed. I began making some spreadsheets and familiarizing myself with the software…I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to make a spreadsheet of! Then it hit me: let’s make it fun. Let’s chart all the different official Kiss albums!
It actually ended up being a lot more fun than you might think! I added an on-the-fly (but somewhat arbitrary) album rating system and then calculated the mean and median ratings. I added up studio vs. live. vs compilation albums and made a pie chart of them. I made it look as visually appealing as I could. In my job I would be creating spreadsheets that went to VP’s and the president of the company, so I wanted everything to look perfect. And it was fun to do. This is obvious, because looking at it today, I even kept updating it into 2008, a full year after I made it!
My final observation is that when I abandoned this spreadsheet in 2008, I apparently hadn’t yet learned that the Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 box set had an iTunes bonus track, because that information is omitted here.
Yeah, I’m a nerd! Always have been, and hopefully always will be!