Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Interviewsday [ADDENDUM]

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!


meimei said...

I am glad that there is no steve and barry here, I might go mad with the shopping

Glo said...

Very interesting post and love the photos! Sounds like you're keeping busy, and having fun. Hoping for good results from the interview :)

MorenaTejana said...

I just read your response to my comment from the last post.

To answer your question about the career change, I don't think you're crazy for changing it. Many people become dissatisfied with either their field or the consequences of studying a certain discipline, such as difficulty in finding jobs. I changed my focus three times, and I'm still wondering if I'll be happy being a Spanish/Portuguese linguistics professor haha.

I think you should do not only what you really like, but also something that will help you be financially comfortable (not necessarily rich, but considering how lavish you can be....LOL)). I know how much you love art, but you can still see and experience it anytime you want. I just hope that you find success in whatever career path you choose. I will support you all the way haha. Just don't be a prostitute or a stripper, and we'll be okay! LOL

P.S. Did you know that Gemma is 7+ months pregnant?!!!!!!!!!!!

MorenaTejana said...

So, you're not worried about being "googleable" for writing "Pan's Labyrinth"? ;)

Anonymous said...

Hoping for you at the dentist's office! And you are right about that gigantic building. I wonder how much mail goes through there on any given day.

Olivia said...

Ah! I lost my comment.

Mich - But I would love to have gone shopping there with you! I know you would try to get me into some exciting colors.


Glo - thank you. I aim to include at least one photo with every post for as long as possible.


Memoria - I knew Gemma was pregnant this year, I just suspected it, but I need to find my address book so I can call her.

Speaking of numbers, I used your old one, and sorry I'm not on MSN as much as I used to be, but I'll try to catch you sometime.

Thank you for your support and encouragement, it means so much to me.

P.S. I tried Pan's Labyrinth with the asterisk but it looked silly so I took it out.


Nikki - Millions of pieces I bet. I just looked it up on an architecture site and have written an addendum because the info was so amazing.

meimei said...

and try I would! you should send me your new addy, I will send you a post card or a nice letter. How about a grad photo?


beginninghere said...

Interesting note about the couriers of ancient Persia and a little history of the NYC post office.

MorenaTejana said...

I can e-mail you my new phone number.

GOOD LUCK WITH THE JOB!!! I hope you get it!

Planethalder said...

Fingers and toes and legs and arms all crossed for you O!

Hey, is that house similar to the one you live in? It's lovely!

Pete said...

Wow - that is really intriguing about the NYC PO. And it looks so amazing, that's a hecl of a way to build a post office! :)

Hope you get the job, Olivia x

Christopher said...

Lovely pics as usual, and I LOVE Green Tea ice-cream! Looks like you've also had a little fun shopping, how fun is that? And I am keeping my fingers crossed that you get that job!

Palm Springs Savant said...

Glad to hear you are surviving summer in NY. Lots of luck with the job...fingers crossed here for you!

MattJ said...

livvy loo! I am back! You feel lucky I can tell. Fingers crossed for your job! I am hoping to find more time to blog and read your blog over the next few weeks so long as work go back to paying me for my excellent attendance rate rather than expecting me to do work!

Um Naief said...

a dental ofc. would be nice... imagine all the free dental work - or one can hope! have you heard anything?? i hope you get it my dear!!

the green tea ice cream sounds fabulous. how was it??

is this where you live?

the weather is the same here... 80% or higher humidity and sometimes you can't catch a breath.

you make me want to come to NYC!!

meimei said...

get the job? crossing fingers

Olivia said...

Mich - I sent you an email to the auskanada address, hope you got it.


BH - it's exciting learning about a new city, my new city!


Memoria - send me the email already!


Planet - keep em crossed, k? Oh, and that is where I live.


Pete - I will try to share more history another time.


Kissy - if only ice cream wasn't so COLD!

I ought to post pics of more clothes, eh?


Rick - the evenings are a bit cooler now, but I do miss central AC.


Matt - yep, I am so lucky, you are back to plague me with your good cheer!


Um Naief - today the dentist asked me about citizenship and salary, so we will see.

This green tea ice cream was really fresh, I could literally taste the leaves.


Mich - I'm still hearing about it, but don't know yet.

Um Naief said...

you have american citizenship, right? asking for your salary requirements is a good thing. that means they're interested. the citizenship thing is also very good.

maybe they're going thru a lot of call backs or waiting for addt'l info and such. did they say anything about references?

my fingers are crossed for you.