Link love (Powered by ghosts and last hurrahs)

So, somewhere along the way I missed my milestone 1000th post. Oops. It might have been the hot mess that was jury duty. The brief reappearance of my ex best friend in my life, which made me yearn for days gone by. The reappearance of my heinous ex-flatmate (the one who owes me nearly $1000), and who plays a similar role (ex best friend) in T’s life, who managed to leave me phoneless (permanently) and keyless (temporarily) this week. Don’t even ask. Or T driving out to his sister’s at 10pm on a Tuesday night so she could use the car to go food shopping once she got paid, and coming home with a smashed window and stolen GPS (yes, the GPS I bought for our summer road trip) and MP3 player. Pardon me, but FOR FUCK’S SAKE. When does it stop?

I also attended an industry event this week (one I’ve always wanted to go to) which left me with sore feet and a sore head. The thing you notice at these kinds of functions is the lifetime achievement types they honour are always old, white men. Much like how the upper echelons of management, I suppose. Having a multicultural group of friends and having come from a very diverse school, it was a big shock to me when I embarked on my degree and found myself in a very, very small minority among mostly blonde, tanned, coiffed, affluent girls. And ever since, in the professional world, I’ve been surrounded almost entirely by Anglo faces. I had gotten so used to this that last night it suddenly occurred to me that aside from myself, pretty much the only other ethnic types in sight were the waitstaff (incidentally, I’m more used to being on that side of the table, having worked in event hospitality – and I always go to great lengths to make life easier for them and give them easy access to the table). One day, I hope we’ll see more diversity being applauded up on stage for their life’s work.

Anywho, for all my rambling, it’s pretty short and sweet this week. Heck, I’m not even going to bother with categories. Enjoy!

Some people get married for college money; Kevin at Thousandaire asks, would you?

Ms Career Girl dishes out some advice about transitioning into an entirely new field.

Neurotic Workaholic blogs on the economic realities of working in academia.

Bri at Stratejoy shares some day-before-the-wedding insights.

And as Heather Rae says, sometimes everything has to fall apart before you can move forward.

9 thoughts on “Link love (Powered by ghosts and last hurrahs)

  • Reply chipsforsupper May 28, 2011 at 15:13

    I’m going to ask…. How are you permanently phoneless? And who goes grocery shopping after 10pm? Are there even stores open that late?

  • Reply eemusings May 28, 2011 at 15:21

    Because my cellphone now ain’t ever coming back. Some supermarkets are open 24/7. She goes shopping immediately after pay hits her bank account.

  • Reply Two Degrees May 28, 2011 at 17:33

    Holy cow! It sounds like life has been a bit on the crazy side. You know what I do when I feel stressed out? Heck, I do this even if I’m not … I just go on CuteOverload.com and oggle all the soft fur, the pouty snouts and interspecies snorgling. It works for me!

  • Reply Tracey May 28, 2011 at 20:27

    I really hope you’re insured up the wahzoo, because no-one gets robbed more than you! Completely unfair. You must be about to win lotto – that’s the only explaination for all the bad luck.

  • Reply Paula @ AffordAnything.org May 29, 2011 at 05:22

    I’ve always been the ethnic minority among a pool of predominantly white, Anglo-Saxon faces … but since this has ALWAYS been the case for me, and I’ve never attended a school that’s diverse or lived in a place that’s diverse, I’m totally used to it. In my elementary and middle school, I was — literally — the ONLY non-white person. High school was a bit more diverse — it was only 95% white.

    It’s been that way my entire life. I hear other people, though, talk about the shock of moving from a diverse community to a predominantly-white area.

  • Reply Andrea May 30, 2011 at 04:59

    Yikes what a crappy week all around, here’s hoping things look up for you this week!

  • Reply Sense May 31, 2011 at 00:13

    wwwwhhhhaaaat? how are you guys attracting so many thieves’ attentions? are you on a target list or something? i echo your WTF. I must be extremely lucky to have never been hit. and i really need to get on that renter’s insurance thing…they cover that stuff, right (they do in the States)? what a bad outcome for a good deed, sorries.

  • Reply SP June 1, 2011 at 18:15

    Wow – sorry for all the bad luck as of late!

    My workplace is, fortunately, very diverse, though some ethnicities are much more strongly represented than others. Women, on the other hand, still make up about 10% of the work force. At this point, I’m just used to it.

  • Reply What we spent: May 2011 | Musings of an Abstract Aucklander June 16, 2011 at 20:11

    […] Home expenses: Bought a cheapie new cell phone to tide me over til I get my work phone (my old one died a sudden death). […]

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