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Thursday, April 08, 2004  

when i first started working in an office, it took me months to lose this feeling of disassociation from what was going on. everybody seemed so purposeful. but for what? we're working for an institutional brokerage firm. nothing special about it. it's one company out of a million in the city. if it does well, great. if it doesn't, somebody else will. so what? why is everybody running around like they care, or have some kind of personal stake in the whole thing?

i think that, at that point, while i may have been naive and stupid, i had something then that i've since lost, and probably lost for good.

our windows used to look out onto Third Avenue; we were right across the street from the big Citibank building. seeing all of the huge midtown office buildings and imagining the thousands of people like me, working at something they really shouldn't even care about was really surreal. my boss used to say, halfway jokingly, "so, are you keeping the wheels of commerce spinning?" but that's kind of how it is.

on the other hand, it's not like we should all step off the treadmill simultaneously. right?

here's what i'm saying: jobs are jobs. it's so scary how you (and me) start to identify with them so much, wanting recognition and promotion and all of that. on the other hand, if you stay totally disassociated, i don't see how you could show up day after day. it's hard enough as it is.

3:53 PM


Monday, January 05, 2004  

what an exciting day today is!
the kids here all running scared
we scurried in early this morning
to see how our work-life would fare

there’s a new sheriff in town
karen, our brand new boss
we’ll all afriad she’ll hate us
and figure out that we’re lazy and soft

hell, I haven’t done any work in months
since the old boss took off in a huff
but I’ve dressed up every morning
come in, and took two hours for lunch

i’ve been sure to keep my head down
and look as busy as can be
but i’ve been applying to grad school
and getting office supplies for free

i’ve gotten high scores on “bookworm”
“tetris” and “space invaders”
i’ve answered ads in the personals
for women that are looking for players

i once spent an entire day
combing the web for clues
about what happened to the democrats
and why those fuckers seem so eager to lose

but maybe those days are over
under this new boss’s watchful eye
maybe i’ll have to apply myself
to this work that’s as easy as pie

for some reason, though, i don’t buy it
old dogs don’t like new tricks
i’m not sure that I could do it
work and me—we just don’t mix

5:12 PM


Wednesday, May 21, 2003  

Can an amateur auctioneer make some money selling on Ebay? Sure. As long as he realizes that he's going to spend much, much more than he makes.
Hey! Recipe cards from 1935 for only $7!

2:01 PM


Tuesday, May 20, 2003  

Still no WMDs? Wait a minute....were we lied to?

2:42 PM


Friday, May 16, 2003  

I'm really embarrassed by this anti-France thing; it really shows how freaking stupid people can be. GWB came up with this wacky idea to invade a Middle Eastern country, and the country decides to stop drinking French wine because the French oppose it.

French fries have been changed to freedom fries on the Capitol Hill menu; but the menu is still called a menu.

The point was made to me recently that the kind of people that are boycotting French wine, cheese, etc. aren't really the kind of people that were buying them in the first place, but that's cold comfort. I don't expect much from the New York Post, but come on.

10:30 AM


Wednesday, May 14, 2003  

Maybe it's because I'm engaged myself, but I'm always fascinated by the New York Observer's "Countdown to Bliss" section. Three new corny engagement stories every week!

Well-moisturized with my Kiehl's after-shave lotion, I am secure in my masculinity.

10:01 AM
 

Celebrity sighting: I saw Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward last night at a highy mediocre theater production of "Enchanged April." Why do plays about groups of women suck so much?

9:57 AM


Friday, May 09, 2003  

I'm with Ted Rall. The Democrats have to have to have to get mean for 2004. Didn't they ever learn about standing up to bullies?

4:47 PM
 

Is it ever a good idea to vote for a Republican? Hard to say, but I'm thinking not, except for the most innocuous of offices. As virtuous as your candidate may appear, somewhere in the wings lurks a Karl Rove, soft money and an obligation that must be met in the future.

I'm not saying the Democrats are any good, but if, because you thought Al Gore was a boring technocrat and found W. Bush benign enough, you voted for the Republican nominee for President, you have now facilitated a remapping of the Middle East - and this from the man who said we would NEVER be involved in nation-building. (Am I the only one that remembers the debates?) It didn't seem like a big deal at the time - Republicrats, the rush to the center, identical agendas, etc. Boy were we wrong.

I'm saying: when you're thinking about voting for a Republican, excepting Michael Bloomberg, just say no.

9:23 AM
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