I won’t pretend to know a lot about the semantics of the American economy (as was evidenced by my C in my grad level economics course), but anyone who’s paying attention can see that the banking industry isn’t doing so well lately. One of the largest banks in the world, CitiGroup, has been laying off thousands of employees a year for multiple years now after claiming billions of dollars worth of loss in the last quarter of 2007. This is just one example. Anyone remember the scene in Mary Poppins when the kids caused a run on the bank and everyone demanded their money back because they didn’t feel like their money was safe? I’m just about ready to go demand all my tuppence.
Archive for September, 2008
Over the past few years my view of relationships has drastically changed. I’ve watched some relationships end that I thought would continue forever, I watched some drag on that should’ve ended long ago, and I’ve seen some start where I never thought one would develop. Every relationship is different, as are the individuals who make them up, and it’s become a habit of mine to critique every single one that I notice. Not always in a bad way, but usually not in a good way. I used to think this was due to the fact that I’m single and have been such for quite some time, but I’m starting to come to terms with that and no longer think I’m vindictive towards others who have someone in that way; my biggest problem is that the majority of the people I see in relationships, (in my opinion) have no business spending time interacting with other human beings.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received phone calls/emails/text messages/smoke signals letting me know that a friend or family member is having problems with their computer. I usually don’t mind and do my best to make time to help everyone, but there are always times when I feel so overwhelmed that I will purposely dodge calls because I don’t want to answer and end up on the phone for an hour. And there are those that only call when they have a computer question, never just to talk or hang out; these are the people I avoid at all cost. Moochers who only want computer help but never offer friendship or anything material in return. I’m all about helping, but it’s nice to get a little something in return, at least occasionally.
I went over to my cousin’s place last night for a nice relaxing evening of burgers and poker. Casey and Michael were having other company over as well, but I got there about an hour before anyone else and helped a little to get things ready. Once everyone arrived we set out the food and poured a few drinks for everyone. Michael and I decided that if we were gonna drink, we were gonna do it up right, so we pulled out the big gun right from the start – Bacardi 151. I’ve had a few casual drinks with friends over the past year, but it’s been a long time since I last got drunk. I sure can’t say that anymore.
Sometimes I wonder if being stupid would get me farther in life. I often look around and can’t help but notice some of the stupidest people in positions of power. I used to imagine the corporate world as a place where everyone worked together towards a common goal of making their company greater overall and learning about themselves in the process. I was so very wrong.