I was going to write a long post about how it’s been a year since I was let go from my old job last year but I do not have the time as I have too much work to do.
Which is a good problem to have.
- I’m still at the QA gig that started out as a contract position in May but became permanent in September. Yes, y’all, I have health insurance again. Folks in my department are pretty cool and, most importantly, patient.
- I’m still blogging for Gapers Block and DISGRASIAN.
- A few months ago I started curating? blogging? Tumbling? with some other folks for the Chicago Neighborhoodr Tumblr. I’m not even sure what I just wrote is a sentence but whatever. It’s a cool weird gig that doesn’t require writing so much as “curating” (ugh) but I feel like most of the time I’m judged by what I like so this is a cool way to curate for others. I think I find cool shit but then am always dismayed by the number of likes and reblogs my shit does not get.
- I’ve just joined 8Asians as a contributing writer. I’m still trying to figure out my first post. But while I’m thinking about that, check out my neat author page! This and working on DISGRASIAN is all about achieving my goal of being Asian for a living, or as I like to call it, “a professional Asian”.
- I’m working on a freelance gig with my friend Sean M, who I guess is not so much my friend here but my boss and editor. It’s not secret, I don’t think, but I don’t want to say anything about it until I’ve actually finished writing everything I need to write, and gotten all the feedback I’m gonna get, because I am highly superstitious. Suffice to say, if it all goes well, you will be able to buy it next spring.
- My friend Jessi finished a screenplay, so of course I feel like I need to start one as well. How long have I been talking about writing one? Please don’t answer that question.
So yeah, I got stuff to do and places to go and new people to work with. I have to confess, though, that I still miss some stuff about the old place. I figure if there was a time or a place to get that out, it would be here, my much neglected blog.
- Free beverages. Seriously, I still have dreams about the soda fridges. Those seemingly endless columns of cans of Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sunkist, Dr. Pepper, and all the other sodas I used to drink so much of.
- Free lunch on Friday. We’d get an e-mail in the morning from Eddie saying what lunch was. “Thai food? Hurray! Pizza? From where?” And then we’d go line up and serve ourselves when the food arrived.
- Conversations that started out being about work but meandered into talks about other stuff. My favorite thing to do would be to wander over to where Perry, Eric, MJ, McD, and Andy sat. I’d ask a question about work. One of them would answer it. Then 20 minutes would go by and we’d be talking about movies.
- The people. I know it’s a cliché, but the best part of anywhere you work, or go to school, or live, is going to be the people. I miss the people terribly. True, I keep up with quite a few folks through the magic of social media but it isn’t quite the same. And I don’t just mean my co-workers, but everybody I’d see in the course of the day, like the security staff in the lobby or my favorite cashier in the basement cafe. Oh, and this totally hot dude who worked for our former sister company that I’d sometimes see in the elevator.
- All the damn coffee mugs I left behind. Seriously, I left a beautiful buttercup yellow Brearley School coffee mug and I want it back!
I don’t want to dwell on the past so much that my nostalgia prevents me from seeing my mistakes clearly, and learning from them. So I’m going to dedicate this post (so sappy!) to the folks who really supported me after I became, um, employment challenged and helped me get to this point. That more than likely means you.