Sunday, October 2
Hey, I have to start paying attention to Eventful. Neuza loooooves Beck (because he groks Tropicalia, in part) and the dude is playing at the minor league stadium at Coney Island tomorrow with other South American favorites. I owe her a day out. Since I quit my job I've had a hard time letting go of the killer work routine. I just reproduce it in my home office, like my granddad did after he retired. He'd put on a tie and sit at his desk and monitor the radio and clip items out of the newspapers and file them away and write letters to football coaches and elected officials. The thing is, it actually is good, in general, to work, even when you grow to hate your job. At the job, I didn't have a cat to mess around with, of course, or slippers and a nice carpet and a semiclad wife running around; and I certainly could not smoke like a chimney at my desk. Point is, I'm pretty attached to my Ubuntu box. Maybe too much. So, I am learning Java in Eclipse and futzing around with XML, and blogging idly, and reading lots of Latin American books, like this history of the secret services in Brazil and Vargas Llosa's first novel and lots of Rubem Fonseca. This arthritis and bursitis in my shoulder gives me a good excuse to be an Aeron potato, I maintain. Hurts like a ... a ... ah, um. Of course, the so and sos at the old company say they are following the letter of the law on the COBRA benefits--taking the whole 30+15 days to process the transition from their account to mine--so that I have to pay out of pocket for my physical therapy this month, then get reimbursed when I get the COBRA going after that 15-day gap. Or else I have to wait. Hard to understand: they have stopped paying, so why not just send out the paperwork now? It's not going to cost them anything, right? Are they being petty or is it just the usual mindless corporate BS? I remember getting this memo once, by mistake, I guess, about how they were going to delay paying vendors, and asking them about it, and them swearing up and down that did not include my freelancers, even though that was not in the memo. Aw, who cares? One of my ETFs is up 30% in the last 6 months! Job market has been pretty good, though, I have had several interviews already. Maybe could be working on an IT security publication next (with a circulation literally 100x that of the last pub), or working on a daily news desk on loan securitization and derivatives, or following leveraged buyouts. It's a little nerve-wracking, but at least I have some quality operations calling me in; one is bound to make a decent offer. Right? Right? I am rooting for a job with more writing, one of the things that did not materialize in the last gig. Things are nice in the hood, it's Autumn in New York. Why does it seem so inviting? I like this new mural on our block, thinking of asking the same group to do one on our building. The grrrrls downstairs and the wife conspired to take over the management of the condo from the majority owner, so we got some beautification projects going on .... If you don't live in Brooklyn, I feel sorry for ya!