Category Archives: Work

Some Tips On How To Be A Successful Freelancer

Eight years ago today — the day before Thanksgiving — the digital agency I worked at for two years laid me off.  Since then I have worked as a freelancer/contractor/person not bound by salary and benefits. How have I managed to … Continue reading

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“Narcos” and Other Misogynist Subcultures

I got sucked into the binge vacuum of Netflix’ new quasi-historical series, “Narcos,” about Colombian narcotraficante Pablo Escobar, aka “The King Of Cocaine” or “Mustached Guy Who Could Stand To Do Some Sit Ups” depending on who you talk to. … Continue reading

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Some Job Interview Advice

Job interviews can be stressful.  You tow the line of professionalism (aloof, yet competent), while still trying to come across as accessible, real and cool, without creating any awkward David Brent-style TMI moments.  I use words like “intuitive” and “process” … Continue reading

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Not Tired

I decided not to go to my (ENTER HIGH NUMBER-th) college reunion.  Yes, yes…I know…LAME. Mostly, I felt that it’s too far and expensive, but also I just don’t know if I can stand around and talk about kids and … Continue reading

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I Finally Used My Bag For Groceries…A Little Fanfare, Please

Today I pulled out my Target bikini from two years ago and dragged myself to the beach right outside my house and lied on a beach towel for the first time this summer (or Fall).   Tonight I used my … Continue reading

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What Not To Say During A Job Interview

Job interviews differ from first dates only in that most interviews don’t take place in a coffee shop and involve a panel of people firing questions while silently judging.  (They only require two people silently judging each other).  For me … Continue reading

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Work Clothes

If Hilary runs for office I will first cry and then brace myself for a national dialogue on the evils of pant suits.  Male politicians don’t have to deal with this kind of fashion scrutiny.   They can throw on a  … Continue reading

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Never Underestimate The Power Of A Mascara Brush

I worked last week as a note taker for focus groups.  I sit behind a one way mirror and type up what women have to say about cleanser, eye serum, mascara brushes.  Such products, I learned equates to porn to … Continue reading

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Please Advise

[PLEASE NOTE: The below entry is a fictional account inspired by past employment experiences in advertising.] Dear Team, Thank you all so much for working through the night.  Especiallay, Abdelazzizi, who took my 2:00 AM (New Delhi time) phone call and listened to my … Continue reading

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Forever Young…For Forever

The woman who sits behind me at work loves to sing to 80’s music. Not just listen to it. Sing to it. Out loud. At work. She’s an eccentric designer, so it’s tolerated. And I’m a fairly tolerant worker bee…but … Continue reading

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Cafeteria At Work

“What are you reading?” said Guy I Work With. I’m sitting alone in the cafeteria at work. It’s high school all over again. “Uh…a book written by a psychotherapist who claims to be chanelling Jesus Christ.” Awkward moment. “Oh.” I … Continue reading

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