Monthly Archives: January 2007




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in sickness and in health, and in mountain lion attacks

okay so, sorry i am so late in commenting on the latest high-profile animal attack on a human. i caught a snippet on cable the other day, and then saw a whole segment about it on the early show today.

in this case i feel sympathy for the victim and admiration for his wife.

the couple was hiking in northern california when the mountain lion went after the seventy-year-old guy. his wife, nell, 65, “smashed the cat in the snout with a large branch and stabbed it with a pen to fend off the attack.” go nell!

hope jim pulls through and gets better.

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solid through and through

here are my 10 favorite new albums of 2006

Peter Bjorn and John ─ Writer’s Block
The Black Keys ─ Magic Potion
Danger Doom ─ The Mouse and the Mask
Phoenix ─ It’s Never Been Like That
The Raconteurs ─ Broken Boy Soldiers
Ratatat ─ Classics
The Roots ─ Game Theory
Dan Sartain ─ Join Dan Sartain
The Strokes ─ First Impressions of Earth
Amy Winehouse ─ Back to Black

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If there’s one thing I hate it’s when rich people are not generous to their support. And by support I mean assistants of all kinds, doormen and maintenance people, stylists and trainers, delivery guys, waitstaff and drivers. Today I learned what a cheap ass bastard a certain honcho is. Gave his executive assistant, who is a saint for enduring his childish antics, a lousy bonus. Grrrr.
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me me me meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeme

as if the blog itself isn’t enough navel gazing. all worship at the alter of col. thanks cynical girl for further enabling my megalomania.

Two Names You Go By:
1. Col
2. Colio

Two Things You Are Wearing Right Now:
1. Lipstick
2. glasses

Things You Want in a Relationship:
1. Trust
2. Fun

Two of Your Favorite Things to do:
1. Laugh
2. Dance

Two Things You Want Very Badly At The Moment:
1. A massage
2. 2 free hours to go to the gym

Two Pets You’ve Had

1. A cat named Aretha
2. A bulldog named Murphy

Two things you did last night:
1. Watched a shitty Netflix movie (The Last Kiss)
2. Got that darned sauce jar open

Two People that live in your house:
1. Zenmaster Col
2. Competitive Col

Two things you ate today:
1. Organic Nature Bar (Vegan, Gluten Free)
2. Light ‘N Lively Yogurt – Cherry Vanilla

Two people you Last Talked To:
1. My boss’s assistant
2. The head of the Interactive division

Two Things You’re doing tomorrow:
1. Cutting out of work by five
2. Working out with my trainer

Two longest car rides:
1. Hillsdale, NJ to South Bend, IN
2. Hillsdale, NJ to Chapel Hill, NC

Two Favourite Holidays:
1. Halloween
2. Christmas

Two Favourite beverages:
1. Coffee
2. Red wine

Five Things

1. SHOES: If I had my druthers I would wear sneakers every day, ala Ellen De Generes. I really don’t understand those who have a penchant for wildly expensive and uncomfortable shoes. Sure, I have a couple of pairs, and I hate them.

2. MUSIC: I like the stuff that has soul.

3. PAJAMAS: short sleeve tee or tank top, shorts or sweats.

4. MAGAZINES: I read The Economist and Interview. I peruse Rolling Stone, even though it sucks. I pick up Mojo on occasion.

5. CAREER: It’s a big part of my life. I like to think of it as an organic part of me, but if it were to be stripped away, I think I’d be okay.

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man, was i wrong

zach is still dreamy but the last kiss really sucked. a lot. mediocre story and obnoxious characters. very glad i didn’t see it in the theater.

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The Woman in the Gray Flannel Suit

Can thinking individuals maintain their integrity in corporate environments? Can honest people continue to ascend the ranks of management without compromising on his or her principles or “selling out?”

Most people have stopped even pondering this question. These days it’s a forgone conclusion that you have to be buttery to be upwardly mobile in the workplace. You have to play politics, and play them well. And the implication is that in doing so, you trade an essential part of yourself in exchange for more money and power.

As a person who has done pretty well by herself so far in the corporate world, and someone who intends to keep scaling upwards, I think about these questions often, and wonder if I’m destined to become an oily, sycophantic minion. Hell, some might think I already am. But I’m at peace with myself, for the most part. I think. And that’s what counts.

Right now, I’ve got absolutely nothing to lose, so I pretty much act that way. I tell the truth, even though it hurts sometimes. I set and enforce personal boundaries that others might perceive to be indulgent (i.e. not checking email while on vacation, leaving early when it’s not busy, saying “no” sometimes). When I make a mistake, I ─ gasp ─ own up to it. I treat others with kindness and respect, regardless of their position in the organization. I’m interested in other people, even if they can’t do something for me. I protect my friends, and take one for the team when needed.

Ahh, youth. Will this change when I have a mortgage and mouths to feed? Or if I feel like all this goodness isn’t getting me anywhere? Will I become motivated to kiss more ass and hold back my opinions so as not to rock the boat and piss people off? I sure hope not. There’s an alternative, methinks. It’s an aspect to many successful corporateers (and effective leaders of all kinds) that isn’t as widely discussed ─ a healthy measure of patience, self-restraint, and diplomacy. Those are the qualities that I aspire to cultivate. Sounds awfully earnest, doesn’t it? Well golly gee whiz, I say. The odds be damned!


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