All My Grownup Jobs And How I Actually Got Them

Plenty of people have very practical advice about how to get a job or break into an industry, but when I look back on work in my 20's, I see mostly dumb luck, good timing, and knowing the right people. Sharing how I've gotten work so far may not be helpful or encouraging, but it is true, and true is a good place to start from. Here is my no-bullshit job history:

Our Guacamole Is at Risk

California is in the middle of a drought, and I am now officially paying attention. CNN Money covers Chipotle’s call-to-action:

The restaurant chain, in an annual report, listed drought and global weather change among a long list of business risks faced by the company.

“Increasing weather volatility or other long-term changes in global weather patterns, including any changes associated with global climate change, could have a significant impact on the price or availability of some of our ingredients,” Chipotle said in the filing last month.

If the cost of ingredients jumps, the company said it “may choose to temporarily suspend” serving items such as guacamole or some salsas.

Apparently Chipotle uses 97,000 pounds of avocado a day (18,000 tons a year!) — 70 avocados go in a single batch, God bless America. Their commitment to local, organic, and sustainable produce means they’d be greatly affected by rising prices and environmental factors. Since they pledge to use produce from within 350 miles of each restaurant, odds are you Californians would be affected first.

Which means that, as per usual, the fate of our nation lies with renowned Chipotle supplier (!!!) Jason Mraz.

Photo: SweetonVeg

A Conversation With a Canadian Who Has Lived in the U.S. for 11 Years and is About to Be Kicked Out

Jessica Tate is a name I made up for a Canadian person living in New York City that spoke with me recently about her life.

Feelings of Doom

Logan: I've been doing some binge reading on the NSA and privacy and Our Police State. Binge and purge really, because I'll read a bunch and then I'll get freaked out and stop and then I'll revisit, and then I'll stop. And mostly what this process has left me with is an even greater sense of impending doom than I usually have. E tu????

Susie Cagle on Eight Years of Freelancing

Journalist and cartoonist Susie Cagle writes and draws on Medium (excellently, and for free (this time)) about "freelance labor, journalism, and survival." It is a familiar story but chilling nevertheless. As she said on Twitter, "I wrote & drew this about freelancing to let you know I'm looking for work, not to make you feel depressed."

On Working With Depression

On her blog the Rejectionist, Sarah McCarry is publishing an excellent series of interviews called Working, where she talks to writers about how they live with their depression and the ways they manage to work with/through/around their illness. It's about "finding a balance between the work we have to do, the work we want to do, and taking care of ourselves," which of course is applicable to all kinds of work and all kinds of people.

What Do You Wanna Be When You Grow Up?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Everybody in Life Makes Choices

Ice cream =/= smoothies.

Dark Tales of Alpha Ladies and Beta Males

I do not love the framing or the tone of this article, titled "Meet the Women Who Run Hollywood (and the Slacker Husbands They're Over)", nor do I suspect I would not like to be in the same room/planet as its author, but what I DO love are 1. women talking about their messy lives, 2. brewing resentment and 3. BETA MALES. And in that regard, this piece does not disappoint. At all.

Stephen King’s Fam Is Just Like My Fam and Your Fam and Everyone’s Fam

I don't know, that's basically like the opposite of my experience with talking about my career with my own parents. I'm sure your parents were also supportive of whatever you wanted to do?

A Conversation With Myself About Buying a Dress

I want the dress. But I also don't want the dress.

Clothes Are in the Top 5 Most Important Things of My Life, Maybe Top 3

Lauren Rodrigue likes clothes. We talked about that.