Lately I’ve found myself in some rather foreign situations.
Taxiing multiple times a week (in a day, even)
How do they arrive almost instantly after I hang up the phone to call for one? We’re out in the burbs; it’s not like there are rows of cabs lined up around the corner.
The (horse) races
I find this a strange, kind of anachronistic concept – very old school English – associated with a certain class of person, one to which a girl from the immigrant working class, who finds taxi chits and fancy restaurants daunting, most certainly does not belong.
Again, obviously such a moneyed activity. An enjoyable one, though. Also, very, very masculine. It was particularly interesting to see that the majority of fellow sailors were very courteous and friendly, in a crowded harbour, there was also anger – in one case outright yelling from boat to boat, and in another, simply holding up a peeved sign as our yacht passed by.
Anyway, March has been madness on the events front and I’m hoping for/looking forward to a quieter, calmer April. It’s great to get out of the office from time to time but it does mean I get behind on all the other things I have to do.
On a slightly different note… I know I’m often a ring-in, a seat-filler if you like, at events. Sometimes this works out quite nicely (in one case, dinner in a very quirky location and lots of freebies).
But I’ve gotta wonder; do planners overbook for capacity? If so, by how much? And what does that mean when they STILL need to fill spots at the last minute?It has to be said, however, that too often they go overboard. I can’t count the number of inane event invitations that come our way that have zero value – publicity for boring product version 18.104.22.168, or with a deathly dull speaker nobody outside your company cares about – even with the most copious amounts of free and awesome food, there just isn’t any way to justify taking the time out to go.
I’m at Twenties Hacker pondering when it makes sense to freelance – and when it doesn’t pay
One of the most balanced/nuanced takes on passion work vs plain old work I’ve ever read, from Get Rich Slowly. Two thumbs up
And at Blog Maverick: Follow where your time and effort is, not necessarily your passion
Young and Thrifty shares the worst jobs she did as a teenager
At Journalistics, some tips for bringing online networking into the real world
At Ms Career Girl, a counterintuitive way of dealing with workplace enemies
How to plan dinner,at Dinner: A Love Story
Chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. Enough said. From $120 Food Challenge.
What looks like a straightforward, three-grain bread recipe, by Liberal Simplicity.
Young and Thrifty shares the reasons that led her to quit Facebook.
From the new crop of Stratejoy bloggers, a post on analysis paralysis and discovering values
Yes and Yes features a reader who’s childless by choice
Married with Luggage explains how to go about starting a kickass book club
And finally, from the Atlantic: I didn’t tell Facebook I was engaged, so why is it asking about my fiance?
This totally freaks me out. I will be really unnerved if this happens to me – I am still “in a relationship” on Facebook and plan to keep my status the same until we actually get hitched, and have participated in virtually no wedding/engagement talk anywhere on Facebook since.