I went for an interview this morning at a dentist's office. I can say it went well judging by how excited I felt when I walked out of there. Suffice to say, it will allow me to exercise all my skills and learn more, where formerly I was frustrated at not being able to use enough of them.
Fingers crossed everyone!
I didn't tell you about my wild karaoke weekend, did I? Well, on Friday, one of my old uni friends (Chris) from Houston moved up to NYC, and on Friday we went to a housewarming party put on by one of his friends from the MBA program they've just finished. A lot of them are moving up here at the moment. After we'd eaten and mingled, and most of them went home after 11pm, about 7 of us walked down to Korean Town for green tea ice cream and karaoke. Two of the group did a Madonna number, but mostly we sat and watched the surreal proceedings. Before we left around 2am, I joined C and his friend singing the Beatles (Obladi Oblada). For the second time in my life, I sang karaoke and it was fun :)
I left my sunglasses at Lisa's place that night, so we arranged to meet for a movie yesterday evening. Lisa couldn't make it, so it was just Chris and me, and Dark Knight was sold out so we saw H*llboy II (don't feel like showing up on Google), which was acceptable viewing since it would be full of weird creatures from the minds of the creators of Pan's Labyrinth. Afterwards, we walked to her place 7 blocks away, and on the way passed this behemoth, the United States Post Office - and at 10.30 pm it was open, probably for the use of the automated machines.
"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds", commonly but mistakenly thought of as the USPS creed, it is really only the inscription above the NYC Post Office. It is derived from a passage in the Histories of Herodotus (5th century AD), in reference to the couriers of ancient Persia.
****[ADDENDUM] I have found out that this post office was opened in 1914 and then doubled in size in 1934. It takes up 2 city blocks and 1.5 million sq. ft. of space! It is home to 2,500 employees. It is indeed open 24/7. The lobby retains the vista of the exterior colonnades with Corinthian columns. The building is surrounded by a dry moat, giving light and air to the basement levels.
In 2005, the USPS sold the Farley Building to the Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment Corporation to develop it into the new Penn Station, its original designation. However, the USPS will still retain 250,000 sq. ft. and 900 employees in the facility.****
Today after the interview, I went to Steve & Barry's, a unique store in the Manhattan Mall, where everything costs $8.68 or less. Not kidding! Sarah Jessica Parker and Venus Williams both design their own lines exclusively for S&B. When I moved here, obviously I didn't pack old clothes for knocking about at home or in the park, so this is the next best thing...
Six items for the price of one or two at a regular department store? Wow.
It rained this afternoon, and because the weather has been so hot, it feels like a sauna outside. I came out for a breath of air but didn't find much out here!