I like Mad Men as a program, but I often have nightmares involving the back-stabbing two-faced scum puppies I worked with for 10 years at an advertising agency on the nights that I watch an episode.
This picture reminds me of the FLYING NUN VHS VIDEOTAPE that I found (among many other things) when I cleaned up my own parents house for sale in 2010. It has been an amazing journey and I will miss them forever.
Nice! Things have come around and you are enjoying life in the insurance capitol of the world. I lived in Hartford for a short time, but it was the last millennium and not at all like where you are now. My place was more like the stacked dorm refrigerator place you mention. I eventually ended up in Stamford, which wasn't so bad as long as you avoided the suburbs. Eeek.
I'm surprised Craigslist never came up. Create an email alert with the words "wine hutch." Within a year you will find one at half price, probably from someone trying to pay off a student loan.
@swankystreet Because it's foggy every day and people never call you back when they say they will?
I had to break a lease early in my career and the landlord didn't give me a hard at all. In fact, he had been contacted by someone who wanted to live in that exact apartment, and told them they had to wait until my lease was up. They were thrilled to be able to move in the next month. As it turns out it was a win for everyone. I found a much better place with this amazing thing called "insulation" (gawd, that apartment was COLD), the people that wanted to move in got what they wanted (their sister lived next door) and the landlord was planning on jacking up the rent at the end of my lease anyway. And here I was all stressed out about breaking the lease. HA!
I had a pretty bad reaction to the quadruple version flu vaccine I got this year: dizziness, nausea and a headache that lasted 3 days. I wrote to the CDC and they needed the "Lot Number" for the vaccine... Huh? It wasn't on the receipt and the pharmacy was clueless. I suspect these drugs have more side effects than people think.
Much more productive here. Less annoying phone calls because power is out on the east coast.
I think it's important to weigh what you are providing the company. If you walked out today would they be unable to provide their product or service? I only ask because I was in a similar position and ALMOST walked out, which would have destroyed a number of important customer relationships. So, I got what was promised by being a squeaky wheel. Another interesting aspect of this (presumed) scenario is that it's possible the people running the show have no clue what they are doing, and may be raking in 6-10 times your salary. Sometimes it is in the best interest of certain individuals to channel resources into their own departments by manipulating others. These days I get everything in writing, as a contract, with signatures. Even if it never goes into litigation it's taken a lot more seriously and I don't get jerked around, which can affect productivity.
@jfruh Oh boy, another great year for water politics! Indeed, it is California's hidden agenda, with agriculture companies greasing the palms of every available representative. As for the tap water, I hope it doesn't get to the point where it is denied for gasping and choking customers. One never knows what to expect.