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Friendly Friday feat. A Pee Wee Herman Enthusiast

 

This week’s Friendly Friday features an old co-worker. For nearly a year I spent three to four nights a week with this lady, pushing the limits at good, old NBC. We were an all-star team and held it down. 

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Your worst job thus far? The worst job I ever had was when I was a camp counselor in high school. I had to work with a 55 year old obese woman with breasts the size and shape of torpedoes, which almost kind of acted as robots independent of her control and would knock into me and the stupid five-year-old little shits, as well, catapulting us what felt like several inches across the room. We hated each other.  She would make me do mean things like swim with the brats in a pool of 6 inch piss-water, that was filled with Band-Aids and no doubt a loose shit from time-to-time; this was my own personal pool of hell.

 What do you do currently and how did you end up there? I work at In Demand and I ended up here because my contract was up at good ol’ NBC,; I hated working for a “journalist” who spoke broken English and had delusions of grandeur that he was Antonia Bandaras’ and Don Draper’s love child, and because I wanted more out of a job than what I was getting.

What is your morning routine when you get into work? As soon as I wake up, I pee, drink a jug of water, put on my makeup, do my hair, scarf down breakfast, throw clothes on, and go to the train. So first at work, I run into the bathroom before I go in my pants. Then i turn on my computer so it looks like i’ll be right back. then i go back to the bathroom and relax, then i fill up my water bottles. then i do nothing for about a half hour, then i start to work

What is the most important thing for you when it comes to a job and/or career? I guess the most important thing is to be making enough so that you can afford to eat and take a shit comfortably.  But other than that, I think it’s important to work in a job that is personally fulfilling or interesting on some level and it never hurts to work with people who are at least tolerable.

How do you “get away” from work? To get away from work while I’m at work, I eat a pot brownie or fantasize about what life will be like when I work a job I like and make a lot of money. Sometimes I just walk around the office with a paper in my hand, pretending I’m really busy, and really pissed off.  Other times, I pretend to fill up my water bottle to check out guys at the office.

Would you rather work at a well-paying but not completely satisfying job, or quit everything and risk finding your more fulfilling dream? Honestly. If I knew what my dream was – I would try to fulfill my dream.  I think that’s what it’s about.

Your favorite song? I can’t pick one favorite song, but a song I’ve been playing on loop is Letdown – Radiohead (i was cock-teased by those mother fuckers) and Kenny Rogers And The First Editions –Just Dropped In ; I can’t resist the allure of Kenny Rogers, but mostly I’ve been watching that scene from The Big Lebowski where Jeff Bridges is looking up girls skirts (lucky girls!-not kidding.).

Best advice you’ve received? I think the best advice you can take is to follow your gut – you should always do what you feel is the right thing do it. Sometimes you have to make yourself do things that are hard for you and might not necessarily come natural, to make yourself a stronger, better person.

Your words of wisdom: I think the most important thing in life is to try to be happy and to give back to the world – people, animals, the environment, whatever - in whatever capacity you can.

Day 2: Your Least Favorite Song

This is tough…

Ok after scouring my brain all I could come up with is Destiny’s Child’s Cater 2 U. There are several reasons I strongly dislike this song. 1. The spelling of the title. Why? Why do writers do this? I would take it a hundred times more seriously if it was titled “Cater to You.” Maybe the song is too spelt out when it’s actually spelt out. By that I mean maybe it becomes the slightest bit more obvious that this song is 2. fifty giant leaps back for feminism. I would not consider myself a strong feminist but I will not get “Your Slippers, Your Dinner, Your Dessert, And So Much More” when you come home late and tap me on the shoulder and expect me to “roll over.” Maybe if it’s your birthday but otherwise, I have to be up in the morning too, and seriously, you can get your own slippers. 3. Lastly, come on DC! I expected so much more. I looked up to you. When you guys told me that this was what I was supposed to do for my boo, I was so confused since just a minute ago y’all told me I was a bootylicious, independent woman who paid my own bills. 

No, just no. 

I’m sure there are a lot more songs I dislike more (all Swizz Beatz tracks) but this one’s definitely a dud in my book. 


Day 1: Your Favorite Song

I’ve got a lot of favorites, but my all-time favorite, my go-to at any given jukebox is Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down. This song has been pulling me through some times since middle school and I could listen to it for the rest of my life and be fine. 

30 Day Song Challenge

Y’all know the 30 Day Song Challenge? Well, I’m doing it. I was doing so well with consistently blogging for hot minute there but have been too lazy or too uninspired lately so this will keep me (and you) going for the time being. 

Friendly Friday feat. 100 First Dates

Who better to do my first Friendly Friday post other than the lovely lady who inspired this blog and interviewed me for hers a while back. This is also the same person who took me to improv and reminds me that life is no different a little further down the line; it’s all about what you make of it.  

Read her about her adventures in dating and if you’re a gentleman, ask the girl out! She’s a catch and y’all are missing out if you don’t meet her.

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Your worst job thus far? First job in NYC. I moved here right after 9/11/01. I had a job lined up tutoring kids that sounded pretty awesome. Then the terrorists messed things up and parents were afraid to bring their kids into NYC to get tutored. I was fired before I even started. I had to temp to make ends meet and I got a temp to perm gig with a horrific, tiny, ad agency as the President’s assistant. There was barely internet on my computer (pre-google!). She was a beast of a woman and drank like 25 cokes a day. I was bored, answered phones, read the paper a lot and got sexually harassed by the male CEO who would smoke pot in his office, then come out and tell me he dreamed about me. When he wasn’t high and happy he was yelling at me about how stupid I must be. I lasted six painful months and then got myself a better job. 

What do you do currently and how did you end up there? Fundraiser for a non-profit. I take the L train to the F train. Oh, not literally how i got here? Ok, grad school led to dreams of changing the world led to the non-profit sector that is slowly leading me back to for-profit. Hm.

What is your morning routine when you get into work? Turn on computer, walk to kitchen get a water and a coffee. Sit at desk open work email and personal email. Stare at the wall. Look at my to-do list. Read the NYT. Check clock. Is it lunch time yet?

What is the most important thing for you when it comes to a job and/or career? To be challenged! To not be bored! To have responsibilities and projects that are my own but also work with a team. To feel like I’m making a difference even if it’s small.

How do you “get away” from work? Eat, drink, run, read, snowboard, yoga, bake, make people laugh, blog. 

Would you rather work at a well-paying but not completely satisfying job, or quit everything and risk finding your more fulfilling dream? Honestly. Honestly, I ask myself this daily. I’m at a turning point in my working life. I don’t have the well-paying job but its ok-paying and it’s stable right now (I think). But I would take a risk if I knew which direction to head in. 

Your favorite song? My favorites change daily but right this instant it’s Cigarettes by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. good stuff.

Best advice you’ve received? "The first thing you should do when you start a new job is to start looking for another one." This means network and always be thinking about the next step so you don’t get complacent.

Your words of wisdom: Complacency is bad. Know your worth and ask for it. Believe in yourself. Be confident or pretend to be. Write a kick ass resume and cover letter. I can help with this, so if interested contact me (onehundredfirstdates@gmail.com)!