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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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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Things I’ll Miss Most about Jersey…

Posted on September 22, 2008 - Filed Under Everything and Nothing, Writing | Leave a Comment

As our British Overlords transition us to our new roles, chances are that many of us will be moved out of the Jersey City office. While that moment can’t come soon enough for me, looking back, I realize that crossing the Hudson every day wasn’t all bad. Among the things I’ll miss: The charming small […]

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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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The Insolvency Chronicles, Part 1

Posted on September 16, 2008 - Filed Under Everything and Nothing | 1 Comment

My friends are really awesome. Over the past couple of days, I have received many concerned e-mails, phone calls, text messages, and Facebook wall posts asking me how I’ve been handling the chaos. Most of these messages have been generously accompanied by offers of alcohol. 🙂 Before I begin, I’d just like to let everyone […]

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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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