Thursday, March 29, 2007
From Long Island to Philly is not a pretty drive.
Insane drivers cutting in and out on the Belt Parkway, the $9 toll crossing the Verrazano bridge, followed by suicidal truckers on the New Jersey turpike make is less than a pleasant trip.
The one bright spot during the whole drive is this road sign when exiting the city boundaries of Brooklyn:
Friday, March 23, 2007
I know how hard it is to look for a job out in this crazy world. Believe me, I’ve been there. I have been there rather recently in fact. As I am somewhat older and marginally wiser, let me offer you some advice when it comes to applying for a job.
1) Always provide a cover letter for your resume detailing why you are applying for the job and how you think you’d be a good fit for the position/organization. It is especially important that you do this when the job description actually asks you to. The following does not a cover letter make:
Dear Sirs [ehm, I am a madam! Why don’t people address letters ‘dear madams’? but I digress],
Here is my resume.
2) Did you know people used to have to actually buy a newspaper and send actual paper letters of application? Email and the Internet sure make applying for jobs a lot easier. But for the sweet love of Moses, Youth, do me a favor and please do not send your career hopes from BootyCucaracha@blahmail.com or DocLoverPimp@blahmail.com. It’s like my mom always told me, You never get a second change to make a first impression and like it or not, for better or worse, your email address says more about you than you think.
3) DO NOT, under any circumstances, WEAR FLIPFLOPS to an interview. I don’t care if your water main broke and the only dry pair of shoes are your rubber pink thongs that just happen to match your pretty blouse. It’s NEVER OK to wear flippies to an interview.
OK Kids, that’s it for now. You can thank me later.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
There are lots of great areas to photograph here in Long Island, and I am eager to start meeting new friends and create a social circle here on the Island. Especially since my one and only girlfriend here is moving to Sydney! I have never been in a photoclub before, so I am not sure how it works to get together to shoot at a place or event. I see it more as a solitary activity, but who knows? You know me, I'll try anything once.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I guess that's how some women feel about babies? I don't know, I don't get the same feeling when I see a cute baby.
I have started looking at apartments in the vicinity that allow pet options. It's astonishing how few rentals allow cats and dogs; how much damage can one little doggie cause?
Friday, March 16, 2007
Then of course, it isn’t an uncommon question being posed to me these days, what are my own plans for marriage?
Damir and I talk about it quite often, both the wedding itself and the prospect of being actually married. We dream of an intimate wedding on a tropical beach in the Caribbean. But we are far from making any actual plans mostly due to circumstances and cash reserves. In some ways, this is a relief for me, as secretly (well, not anymore I suppose) I am a little terrified of being married. I mean, how does it work? Seriously folks, I want to know! What keeps people in it for the long haul?
When I come across couples that have been happily (well, mostly) married for years and years I always ask them their secret. Most of the time I get the standard answers like:
“Great communication is the key”
“It’s hard work, you have to keep at it no matter what”
“Keeping the romance alive is the only way to go”
Boring! I know all those avenues in a philosophical way, but not how they translate to the day in and day out…day after day…after day.
The granddaddy of all answers, however, came from a nice older couple from California I met last year at a convention in Prague. We ate dinner together and the strength of their bond was unmistakable. Over desert, I asked their secret of success. They first glanced at each other in a knowing way and then the wife turned to me and said:
“The key to our happy marriage is simple: his tongue and my money”.
Finally, an answer I can understand.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Me and My Ethic Hard at Work
Friday, March 09, 2007
"Are Scotland, Ireland and Italy in the same country?"
Sadly, he was serious. When I replied that they were all separate countries in Europe, his reply was:
"Oh, they're in Europe? I didn't know. I feel kinda stupid."
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello.
On a related note, did you know that Globespan airlines is starting a new trans-Atlantic service from Boston and JFK to Knock Airport in Northwestern Ireland? It's no frills (no meal!) but cheap!
Monday, March 05, 2007
1) How many relationships have disintegrated after arguments stemming from interpreting the 25 page assembly manual?
Friday, March 02, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Working for a small family-run company has it's advantages. There is a disturbingly small amount of red tape to cut through. I am learning that when a decision needs to be made, regardless of category or importance, it's a-OK that I go right ahead and make the decision. No deparment heads, no meetings, no checking in with the President who is invariably off in another country drinking wee cups of vodka or espresso. Just get it done. I find myself writing copy, setting pricing, negotiating contracts, selling itineraries, donating photography (my own, naturally), hiring staff, analyzing deals, setting budgets, contracting groups, ordering supplies, planning marketing efforts, and yadda.
Breaking News! I am hitting up Aberdeen and Edinburgh for a trade show next month! My first visit to Scotland! Damir is hopefully going to meet me for a long romantic weekend there in Edinburgh, it's too good of an opportunity for us to pass up even though the ticket isn't exactly cheap. But, we've both been dying to go there a long time so bring on the haggis*!
MY SISTER IS GETTING MARRIED! Did I mention it before? I am so freaking excited about it! I also happen to be la Maide d'Honour. Sweet! I haven't even been a bridesmaid before, so I feel a little like I jumped to the head of the line. Um, what am I supposed to do? I am not really sure other than get people to do what she needs them to do... like the sales assistant at Macys last week when I went with her to Register. Erin needed a little on-the-spot internet research and the Sweet Little Ole Lady took us to the registry desk and attempted to follow Erin's instructions. It went like this:
Erin: OK, so open up google.
Erin: Type in "betty whatitsname sheets" [sorry, I don't remember the name now, but it's not really relavant to the story]
SLOL: ok..............................like that?
Erin: No. It's "betty whatitsname sheets"
SLOL: Betty? Like this?
Erin: No not quite...
As I noticed bead of sweat starting to form on dear sister's forehead, I jumped in for the rescue!
Maide d'Honour: I am sorry to interupt, SLOL, may I make a gentle suggestion? Get the hell out of the chair and let my sister do the search. It will be faster for us all for the love of all things holy, like the sacrament of marriage.**
And so she did. And all was well.
*Can someone please tell me what the hell haggis is?
** I was a little nicer than that about it, I swear.