Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sailing...Just One of the Seas Today, Thanks

Today was not a typical workday. My company is putting everyone through a program which includes a Myers-Briggs personality test and a fun afternoon of sailing. I knew it would be starting at 8am sharp. Unfortunately I was still 5 mins late due to a bit of over-eager exercising combined with an inaccurate traffic report. Cue stares as I enter. Plus I ate yogurt for breakfast instead of popcorn. What an odd day! But eventually I settled in. I had learned a bit about M/B before and previous tests had pegged me as an INTJ. Today's results were no different. 5 of my coworkers (roughly 5% of my company) are also INTJ. In the US, only 2.1% of folks are INTJ making it the third least common type of the 16. Commonly given characteristics of INTJ include:
  • Insightful, conceptual, and creative
  • Rational, detached, and objectively critical
  • Apt to enjoy complex challenges
  • Likes to do things his own way
  • Usually seen by others as private and hard to know
Listening to the lecture, I pegged Listgirl as an ISTJ. If I'm wrong, I'm sure I'll hear about it in the comments or elsewhere . Interestingly (to me anyway) the N/S dichotomy between us is something I notice over and over in the way we converse. (I approximate and say "close enough" while she wants a more precise description of things.) So score a win for M/B. Enough intellectual talk from this morning. After lunch we got to ride on a sail boat! Specifically, the race-winning Stars & Stripes. Photobucket The afternoon included a "race" with another boat, the Barracuda. (Somehow I think the "race" was rigged. I did not intend the pun as I don't have that personality type.) We did have an advantage in that the other boat's sails were not in tip top shape. If you look at the edge you can see the patches and a rip right in the center of the photo. Photobucket We also passed by a slower but beautiful large vessel, the California. Photobucket Too lazy to click the link above? I've got ya covered. The boat weighs roughly 25 tons, 20 of which are under the water. It's 80' long and 114' high. The two sails cost about $150,000 and are only used for about 15 hours by racing crews; a few months for us tourists. With all that weight it was a smooth ride even for a normally queasy person such as myself. And finally, I got to ride it for free today. Nice! Sadly I still don't know which side is starboard. Photobucket I never did actually steer the boat. The wind-swept hair is real though. Photobucket Ken did steer. As did Raina. Photobucket I did take a whirl at grinding. It's a bit different from computer programming - lots of physicality. Grinders on a racing boat make $100k/year and are in great shape. So if you are young and strong and don't want to work at a desk maybe you can check it out. On the downside, the ocean tends to smell worse than an office building. Here's me taking a picture of grinding. Photobucket Couple more photos... Photobucket The back-of-the-boat social club. (They also helped.) Photobucket Some people can't leave work behind...
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