Nana: I really like your vincent personal gif. There's is something so soothing about his face. He's so easy to look at.
I have many friends in London, many of whom live and work in Central London and for a while I was worried about them. Thankfully everyone I know is safe. I know they are because of the miracle of modern technology. Within hours we were able to see pictures and talk with them via cell phones and the internet. I am so proud of my birth country right now. My generation grew up with terrorism from the IRA, to 9/11 to now this. It's part of modern life, like the cold war was for our parents. The overriding sentiment among brits seems to be this was frightening but expected and we won't let it stop us from living life.
Catbird, sorry your internship isn't much fun right now. Hang in there, kiddo
Rom, hey! Wondered what you were up to. Glad you could pop in
I know I've been away a lot lately, too. I'm sorry, but the kids keep me busy. It takes a LOT to keep them entertained and getting along (sibling rivalry, you know). I have no idea how their teachers can do it with 30 kids when I'm going nuts with just 2!
Wendy and Sirenna, I'm so glad your friends and family are safe. My thoughts and prayers are also with those affected by the recent attacks. I can only hope that your law makers deal with the situation better than ours have. These terrorists strive to force a way of life onto others, and it's so sad for me to look at our losses of personal liberties and see that, in the end, these jerks are getting exactly what they wanted.
catbird - I've wanted to address this before; I have relegated student help to endless filing in my past But I do say I extremely appreciated it, it is part of most jobs and if not for you - they would be doing it. Not to mention, if you keep a good outlook; you have just made yourself some work references. This and the experience can put you ahead of many other job applicants.
Post by janetcatbird on Jul 13, 2005 17:17:18 GMT -5
To those with connections to the UK, please know that we're thinking of you. I certainly hope that those affected by it will be able to maintain through it all.
Thanks for the sympathy, everyone. I knew I wasn't going to be doing glamorous work, it's just that this isn't even "museum" stuff. Oh well, it's enlightening, I've met good people, and I only have a few more sessions. Sorry for not popping in more, summer makes me lazy.
Later all, Catbird
"If it's dangerous to talk to yourself it's probably even dicier to listen." --Jim Hightower
So, is your job stressing you, Sirenna? You'll be proud to hear that I've met with an investment banker for the first time to seriously discuss my retirement plans. I have so little to work with, it's true, but one has to start somewhere. When he asked about my liquid assests, I thought, "Well, I can sell my blood, but is that really an assest ... " Lol ;D
Trisha: That's is great to hear! If you save (I know it's hard but even just a little bit every week will work for you) and then invest your savings prudently, you absolutely WILL have a secure retirement. I've PM'd you.
My job's not stressful. There was a bit of a learning curve but I wrote the exams and am now a licensed stockbroker (which means nothing except that I get to keep my job). It's just crazybusy and the clients can be just plain crazy - seriously I think I've heard it all at this point. I am exhausted at the end of the day but I love it. I find the stock market really exciting. (I'm sure Nicky finds Balance sheets and Income Statements just as interesting .)
Last Edit: Jul 15, 2005 21:00:09 GMT -5 by Sirenna
Time for a movie review, and I have to recommend a sleeper I rented the other day, "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing."
The circular narrative is used masterfully here to show how the lives of strangers intersect and connect in mysterious ways, through fate or random acts. Without giving away too much, I will say only that happiness figures somehow in the storylines of the characters. Is there a happy man? This movie addresses this question, and demonstrates how "physics is an exact science, life is not."
The acting is superb, and I was very impressed (and quite frankly surprised) by the performance of Matthew McConaughey as the arrogant lawyer Troy. Kudos also to John Turturro as the emotionally distant physics professor Walker, and most especially to Alan Arkin, who practically steals the movie as the cynical and bitter insurance adjuster Gene. How these characters are connected to each other and the other characters, and how they face the consequences of their life choices, provides the backbone and muscle of this quiet yet powerful movie.
If you are looking for an alternative to the derivative movies Hollywood is so fond of making, "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing" just might be the relief you are looking for.
Patrick Roy, 2006 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame
I've been catching up on my movies lately. I haven't seen many great ones. I was a bit disappointed with Star Wars and Batman. They both dwelled too much in the cave. It bugs me when entertaining movies become bigger than the sum of their entertainment factor because then the writers seem to spend too much time on the characters' interior. Batman found himself in Tibet which I understand was true to the comic book but it came of as a bit boring and pretentious in the movie.