The kid

Whelp – Against my wishes and better judgement, I am back to teaching. It’s fine, and I hope that it is going to amount to something that isn’t teaching. It might do, and so the teaching is a means to an end. Still I can’t say that I am happy about it. The classes I…

Now I’m the asshole

In 2022 I became my own version of that awful ‘how it started / how its going meme’. Let’s review. I started the year by undergoing a metric fuck ton of interviews. I was job hunting, and I hate job hunting. I hate everything about it. In the process, I got kind of good at…

Winter of the dead hobbies (part 1): Photography

Generally, I like to keep busy. I have kept: “Busy > Bored” as a personal motto for years. That being said, it is not easy to do. Nor were the reasons I did so virtuous. Keeping busy is the only way I can the depression from truly kicking in. If I keep busy, I don’t…

Philosophy and change

When I was a kid, I took an internship where I met a college aged guy working the same job as me. We got along relatively well, excepting for the fact that I was a naive 17 year old and he more or less treated me exactly as I merited. Some of the conversations we…

Friendships on a timer

The fastest indicator that you will like a job is your working relationships with your colleagues. Get on with them, and the job will likely go well. If you don’t get along with them and, well, let’s just say you shouldn’t update your LinkedIn profile. When I took up my most recent jobs I liked…

Photo dump – Vicenza in 2022

As the year wraps up, it dawns on me that I never got a chance to do a photo-dump of Vicenza. I took a lot of pictures this year, in fact my average broke one picture a day! And as the majority of this year was spent in Vicenza, I have tons of photos from…

Random Witnessings

I do think that there are tiny benefits to every little thing. I am still smoking, or rather I am smoking again, and one great advantage of this is that it gets you outside, still, not doing anything of note. Thus, you are for at least a moment paying attention to things. Here are some…

The worst work colleague

As they only human being of my age and cohort has never seen a singular episode of either the American or British variety, I don’t know any of the injokes, references and memes that come along with that culture. The closest thing I ever had to an office job was back in 2000-2002, and that…

Nothing ever works as intended – Part 2

There are few words that wind up for a disappointment quite like “this will only take five minutes”. Whenever I hear the words “this will only take five minutes,” I know that my day has officially been compromised. Nothing ever does, and nothing has ever truly been designed too. People who say shit like that…

Seeing old friends – Part 3: Our identity

Some friends are pretty vividly stuck in your head. You remember all the tiny details. Which is why the change registers. This old friend wore a star of david around her neck when we met. She would later invite me to a concert, which so happened to be in a synagogue. She also unapologetically introduced…

The house stuck in 1995

Back in my China days, me and a group of friends went to the same bar almost nightly. This lasted only because we began to play a game at the bar, a game we called ‘1995’, like the year. The rules were simple, everyone had to put their phone screen side down on the bar,…