Tales of the Young and Unemployed

Posted on October 29, 2008 - Filed Under Everything and Nothing, Work | 2 Comments

As I got off the PATH this morning, storm clouds ruled the skies over Jersey; the chill wind almost an omen of the day to come. By the time I came in, I was soaked; I barely had time to pull off my sopping jacket before my manager’s manager came to my desk, his countenance […]

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Work Lesson #2 – Why Instant Messaging Sucks

Posted on October 17, 2008 - Filed Under Work | 1 Comment

I’ve noticed a common thread across relationships – both personal and professional. When the other person “needs to talk” to you, it’s never a good thing. My boss sent me one such note after a particularly grueling business meeting, just as I was about to head for lunch. As it turns out, he was displeased […]

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How Much Are You Really Getting Paid?

Posted on October 7, 2008 - Filed Under Everything and Nothing, Work, Writing | Leave a Comment

Every working man (or woman) has a reason for being at his/her current gig. Some (like me) find it an interesting intellectual exercise. Some are truly passionate about what they do, especially if they’re freelancing, or starting their own shop. And of course, there’s always the pleasant smell of a few green ones in the […]

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Work/Life Weighed in the Balance…

Posted on October 3, 2008 - Filed Under Everything and Nothing, Work, Writing | Leave a Comment

A little under a year ago, when I first joined my development group at Lehman Brothers (I will shout that name from the rooftops, now that they’ve gone the way of the dodo), I hit it off with one of my then colleagues. She was friendly; as witty as she was clever – an absolute […]

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The Insolvency Chronicles, Part 4

Posted on October 1, 2008 - Filed Under Everything and Nothing, Work | Leave a Comment

A little over two weeks after the bankruptcy and buyout, things at the office are slowly returning to a semblance of normalcy. Just a semblance. We have been trying to resume our normal development schedule. The thing is, once your work ethic has been damaged (by not knowing if you’re going to be there tomorrow), […]

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Brits Reconquer America!

Posted on September 23, 2008 - Filed Under Everything and Nothing, Work | 1 Comment

And it looks like Barclays has wasted no time in marking its new territory. Friend of a co-worker e-mailed this around: I, for one, welcome the new British Overlords!

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The Insolvency Chronicles, Part 3

Posted on September 20, 2008 - Filed Under Everything and Nothing, Work | Leave a Comment

  Saturday, I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to see you in my life! You’ve finally brought closure to a madcap week filled with more drama, suspense, and uncertainty than an episode of 24. And when all is said and done – I’m still standing, though for how long can be anybody’s guess.   […]

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The Insolvency Chronicles, Part 2

Posted on September 17, 2008 - Filed Under Everything and Nothing, Work | Leave a Comment

My co-worker e-mailed me the below pic this morning.  It’s nice to see that the rest of New York feels our pain: Meanwhile, in response to yesterday’s news, the mood of the office has perceptibly shifted. Most of us seem to agree that since Barclays has purchased the company’s headquarters, data centers, and Capital Markets […]

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Unemployed in Summertime…

Posted on September 15, 2008 - Filed Under Work | 2 Comments

Understatement of the moment: It’s been one heck of a weekend. In case you’ve been living under a rock (or haven’t been checking Bloomberg/CNBC every fifteen minutes like I have), you’ll probably recall that the last two days have been a bloodbath for Wall Street – Lehman Brothers filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch was […]

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Things I Learned From My IT Shop I – Treat Every Day of The Project Like It’s Your Last

Posted on August 31, 2008 - Filed Under Work | Leave a Comment

The start of September marks my first anniversary with this little IT sweatshop in Jersey. It’s been an…interesting year to say the least, with enough amusing, suspenseful, and headache-inducing moments to fill a small novel. I’ve survived mostly thanks to my above-average instincts, which have helped me to learn quickly where knowledge is lacking. With that in […]

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