Tuesday, February 16, 2010


In April of 1969 I was newly 7 years old. I was going to P.S. 116 on Menahan Street and Knickerbocker Avenue. We had a ginormous blizzard. So big that we could build snow tunnels from our stoops to the cars on the curb...It was amazing.

This storm is famous for how it crippled the city and how Mayor John Lindsay handled it so badly it nearly cost him re election. Parts of the outer boroughs of Queens and New York were inaccessible for over a week.

Back in the 90s we had a huge blizzards that lasted the entire winter because of El Nino. Seriously, both years. I believe 1995 and 1996 the last of the snow that melted in April had actually fallen the previous November. People didn't even bother trying to shovel out their cars after a couple of weeks because it was just going to get buried again.

You know what we still had then? During all those storms? All those years ago? With weaker technology and fewer resources?

SCHOOL! WORK!...nothing got closed. If you could show up, you did. You know why?

We have these modes of transportation in New York...had them for about a hundred years or so

They are called SUBWAYS. THEY RUN UNDERGROUND. They suck a lot...but THEY RUN. It's how we get from point A to point B in this town.
But something happened in the last couple of years and I don't know what the fuck it is. But we've started closing school pre emptively. We've started cowering in our apartments.

Hell, I was to go to an event this evening but the snow was so heavy they decided to cancel it. Except the snow wasn't that bad and about 5 minutes after the cancellation the SNOW STOPPED.

Dear New York City,

What the fuck happened to your balls? Get up off your ass, put on some motherfucking Totes boots and WALK through the goddam snow!!!!

Stop whining. Fer chrissakes, they are laughing at us in Buffalo. BUFFALO IS LAUGHING AT US. BUFFAFUCKINGLO!!!!!! Are we seriously going to let them deserve to deride us?!!!!!!

Mayor Bloomberg, I thought you grew up here...are you seriously making us act like whiney little children around a bit of frozen rain. Is this the city you want us to become?

It's bad enough Giuliani began to turn us into a giant shopping mall. Do you have to turn us into castrati to boot? I love the pedestrian areas and cutting traffic from parts of Midtown...but if the price we have to pay for this is we become an emasculated little weak bunch of whimpering sheep, I say bring back the trucks.

I hate winter, I don't like the cold, but you know what? I go out in it. You know why? I HAVE SHIT TO DO AND  A LIFE TO LIVE!

This isn't snow so deep you can't open your front door like they get in Iowa. This is not even a foot and a foot isn't even that hard.


Get the fuck over it! Grow some nads!

BE NEW YORK....not....I don't know....fucking NEWARK.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Something in the air?

If you follow me on Twitter at all you know that I was laid off this weekend. Which in and of itself is weird because I don't work on weekends. Or haven't in awhile. But there it is.

The third party that I had been temping with for the last almost 3 years let a bunch of us go in a last minute decision to cut costs, right when work was actually starting to get busy again. I'd blame the bank, but it's the third party that made the decision and..well...more on them another time.

They were good enough to offer 2 weeks of severance which in the Temp World is pretty much unheard of, so it took the edge of. It helps that my agency at least appeared to be on top of finding me work from moment one.
However, things seem to suddenly be at a standstill after a lot of language about getting things moving. Last week, before the layoff, I had called about possibly moving over to a legal firm where A-the money is a little better, and B-generally different (better) working conditions. I was told that right now they are only really hiring people who have been in it for awhile. Now we are all being encouraged to submit for it. So which is it, they are hiring or not hiring?

Then there was the rush to get me into a 4 hour training to prep for a test for another bank because that bank is apparently in a big hurry to hire. We get the training...time passes and there is absolutely no information on when this actual test is supposed to happen. 

Now the direct deposit for this week failed and the day after it still seems to be failing. So I'm operating with 9 dollars in the bank and a pending child support check to my ex wife that will bounce.

Is the Universe trying to tell me something about continuing as a temp? At least with this agency?