Monthly Archives: May 2007

A little about everything

Today I woke up, had to wait for the bathroom, showered, watched some tv, then went to get a money order and lunch. While I was walking I realized that I don’t have a job, I don’t have an apartment, I’ve been stood up by friends since I’ve been in the city on 4 occasions, and men here are disgusting. If you think I’m beautiful, great, I’m flattered, but I don’t care to know. So I had to get this money order, not for myself, but to pay my friend’s mom’s bill with my friend’s money. My friend’s mom’s $445 bill. That is something I will never understand. I can’t imagine my mom asking me to pay her bills. I talked to her about it a little and she said she’d get a second job first. I am so fortunate sometimes; not that she would get a second job, but for the family I was born in to.

So I spent the majority of the afternoon shopping for bedding. I know I want brown and white, but do I want brown and white with pink or brown and white with green? I can’t find ANY brown and pink, which is what I really want, but there is a lot of brown and blue, which really is very cute. I’d like to do brown and green and pink, but I think that would be too much going on. So, while I’m deciding on my colors I need to buy a bed, a night stand, a lamp, and a dresser. I want to put my bed frame on the plastic 6 inch or so stand things they make so I can fit plastic storage tubs under my bed.

Today I tried to get everything with the apt squared away. This endeavor has been so frustrating. Last Thursday the girl told me she should have my stuff processed by the end of the day and to contact her if I didn’t hear from her. I didn’t, so on Saturday, thinking an apartment management property would be open, I emailed her. I heard back Monday and it was her telling me something I already knew — she didn’t have my transcript. She said they wouldn’t touch it until they did. I proceeded to email my advisor because she originally told me they’d take a letter from the school. Since a school is a thing and doesn’t write letters I thought he might let them know I was a recent grad. He wrote me the note and I forwarded it. Wednesday morning about 9:30 she emailed me saying she would print it and let me know if it would work. I called about 1:30 when I hadn’t heard from her. She was out to lunch. At 4:15 I got an email saying she didn’t have my guarantor’s 1040. This I knew. We agreed when I saw her Thursday that she would call him and talk to him about that, he didn’t want to give it to me. I emailed her back and said only, you were supposed to call him last week. At 4:30 I called her. No answer. At 4:50 I called again; reception said she had left for the day. So frustrating! This morning I started calling about 9:15. At 9:45 with no answer and about 5 calls behind me I emailed. I told her I’d like to discuss everything with her and that if I didn’t hear from her I was going to come by. Very shortly she called me. First I asked if the letter would work, she said yes. I asked if she had called my guarantor. She said she had just left him a message. Well, he was out of town in meetings all day and couldn’t get her the papers today. I just want to get this all taken care of and out of the way so I can buy some furniture and get into my own place!!

Between Wednesday of last week and Tuesday I had 7 interviews. Some were promising, others were not. SS+K, Saatchi + Saatchi, a head hunter, Wieden + Kennedy, Lowe, and 2 different teams at Grey. I haven’t heard anything back yet, but sure hope I do. “They” say that for every 10 interviews you have you get 1 offer. I wonder A) how long an offer takes and B) if a MA makes a difference in that statistic. Maybe I’ll get an offer next week to start the first week of June. That would be perfect. I guess we’ll see what happens. Hopefully I can get some more interviews too. I’m working on it.

This morning a press conference was held where Bush talked about everything that’s going on right now. Sometimes I really question him and I’m not very happy with what’s going on in the world, but this morning he got me behind him again. He answered questions eloquently, and he was sensible. So he’s not the best public speaker, that doesn’t make him unintelligent. He and his team have thought things through and have a plan. Maybe people aren’t behind it, and there may be a lot of reasons for that, but when he said he was allowing his commanders to make decisions rather than politicians it made me smile. It makes sense for the people who are on the ground in the middle of the war to advise what happens concerning it, not politicians who are in comfy offices here in the US. I support Bush…still.

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Subway endeavors

This morning I had an interview with Grey and after I took the 6 to Grand Central and was waiting for the 4/5. While I was I was listening to my iPod and reading a book. Neither activity was screaming “talk to me.” A guy who’d been on the same car as me on the 6 tapped me on the shoulder, so I took out an ear bud. He said, “sorry to interrupt you, but I just wanted to tell you you are the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen.” He wanted to know if I’d like to go get coffee sometime. I said, thank you, I’m flattered, but I can’t.

Then when the train came as I was getting on a man stepped right in front of me. There was 1 seat open and of course, he took it which left my standing in my skirt and heels. Whatever. (This morning there were 4 guys standing around a seat that opened up and none of them sat down, they all just looked at me…so I sat down.) Anyway, I shot this guy a look that basically said, nice…ass. Then when someone next to him got up he moved over. I had been reading standing up, but sat and continued to read. After a minute he decided to start a conversation with me as well, so again I took out an ear bud. He told me his friend’s boat had the same name as my book, “Perfect Pitch.” Greeeeatttt. I care? Then he started to tell me about his boat and had a picture ready to show my on his blackberry. I think I was supposed to be impressed. Then he said something about everyone needs a 23 year old girl in their life. What?!? I think he was talking about his boat, but I just wanted to get back to my book.

What are you passionate about?

I have been asked this question twice this week by interviewers and the best and only answers I can come up with are these: sports, advertising, and my family. Is there anything else I am passionate about? What are you passionate about?

Cat calls

It never fails to amaze me that I can be surprised by a new level of crassness every time I come back to the city. I love the invention of the iPod for the simple fact that I can stick my ear buds in and act like I don’t hear the cat calls. Today I had a guy walk by me and tell me I “would look sexy in lingerie.” I lost count of the “beautiful” mumbled under a man’s breath as I passed. I had something else said to me that disgusted me, but have since forgotten because I was thinking about how that guy thought I’d look in lingerie. Gross. I was whistled at by men in trucks/cars…and all this while wearing long pants and long sleeves. Go figure.

Tell him “hello.”

So I’m staying with my friend and lately everyone I have talked to has told me to tell him hello. I politely say I will, and then I don’t. He doesn’t need to know everyone in my life not only knows who he is, but also knows I’m staying with him. So, I appreciate all the thoughts, and I’m sure he would too, but if you tell me to tell him hello, I don’t.

Interviews: Day 1

So starting today and going until Friday I have 5 interviews. Todays was with SS+K, tomorrow I meet with Saatchi&Saatchi, a recruiter who wants me to work at Grey Worldwide, and Weiden+Kennedy. Friday I meet with Lowe. People all seem to have faith in me and think that these 5 interviews are enough, but I am afraid that they are not. I feel like I need more.

The one this afternoon went well I thought, for the most part. I met with a VP and then an account exec, both of whom I had good conversations with. They were both insightful and helpful and I enjoyed talking to them. I felt like they were impressed with me and that this interview might lead somewhere. Then the HR lady came in and was a bit of a buzz kill. She told me that they don’t have anything open, and if they don’t they don’t, but she told me she didn’t think she saw me there (this is right after the second person I spoke with told me I seemed to be a very good fit) and that she’d be happy to give me some other contacts if I just email her. I will take her up on those contacts, but bleh. She doesn’t think that a small agency is a good place to start and feels that I would be better suited at a large, structured agency. That’s not what I want. She seemed be be under the impression that I don’t know what I want and thought that a large agency would help guide me. I know what I want and that is planning, but I know there are very few junior level planning opportunities available, so I am open to account as well, because I feel like that will be a good place to start and continue to grow. I told her that, but it didn’t seem to matter, she continued to offer me other industry contacts. Again, I understand that if they don’t need anyone right now they don’t need anyone right now, but they told me they’re in the process of pitching some new business, so if they win that they will need someone. Hopefully that someone will be me. We’ll see. Maybe the way I got on with the other two will affect the overall decision.

I’m back.

Well, I’m in New York and nervous as hell. I have my first interview this afternoon and believe it or not I have so much to do. I interview today with SS+K, an agency I’d really, really like to work for. I hope it goes well. I don’t know how to prepare for an interview. I also have to go see the apt. lady to turn in my rental application. She’s about to get so much money from me. Boo. Anyway, just letting you know I’m here. I missed the city and it’s great to be back.