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tallying up the months

Posted by forlogos on February 15, 2008

Thought about this earlier today…here’s my current tally

9 months since I had a regular full-time job
8 months since my BJJ injury
5 months of physical therapy (1 month pre-op, 4 months post-op)
5 months (almost) since surgery
2 months officially unemployed
1 month snowboarding
half a month collecting unemployment

1 month until I give up job hunting and look for internships again
2 months until this term is done

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updates

Posted by forlogos on February 14, 2008

With me out of action from BJJ, I’ve also been out of action from the blogosphere…sucks.

Anyway, some updates….

– the internship I had at the end of last year ended in December
– I’m unemployed and looking for work
– my cash stash is nearly depleted, but am glad it has lasted me 9 months (and surgery and therapy)
– my doctor gave me the go-ahead for snowboarding in the second week of January
– I’ve gone boarding four times already
– I can go back to BJJ, although I’m not strong enough to do push-ups yet
– I have very limited funds, with it being winter I’d rather put what I have in snowboarding. In the summer, I’d definitely be back on the mat ASAP
– I need a job so I can hit the mat already
– after months and months of therapy, I finally had my last session today
– I’ve regained all my range-of-motion, even motion that is usually lost after shoulder surgery. Now I have to work harder on regaining my strength
– I’ve been gone from the blogosphere for months, but you already knew that
– my snowboard instructors are under a layer of dust – can’t wait to take pix again

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more on recovering…

Posted by forlogos on October 5, 2007

I haven’t been doing much. My arm is in a sling and I can’t (read:shouldn’t) move my right arm one bit. It hurts if I so much as inch my shoulder in any direction. And since I can’t move it, I need to have my arm inside my shirt. Needless to say, I’m constantly shirtless at home. If I go for a walk, I always get weird looks when people first think I don’t have an arm then they see my hand poking out near my belly with my arm inside. I try to open up the top of my shirt a bit so gawkers can see the white surgical dressing all over my shoulder…

My plan was to take Monday off work and go to school at night. Didn’t happen. The day after, I called in sick from work due to pain. On Wednesday I went to work, but stayed only an hour and a half. I went home since the pain meds made me woozy. Skipped school too. I called in sick for thursday. Today, friday, I don’t have work. I effectively took a whole week off from everything.

I must’ve been in a lot of pain from the surgery, last friday, through all of tuesday. I had been taking my vicodin religiously and was not getting any adverse reactions. It didn’t bother me at all. Which is why I was so surprised that it made me woozy at work on wednesday. That was the first time the meds affected negatively, and it has been doing so since. Guess the degree of pain I’ve been suffering has gone down, which is why I’m now feeling the effects of the drug.

Am woozy as I type this. With my left hand. On a laptop. The touchpad is driving me crazy as it keeps moving the cursor around as I type. I should disable it.

I also kind of settled into a routine. Wake up, feed turtles, ice, eat, surf, watch turtles, ice, nap. Over and over until midnight when I try to go to bed.

I was given an “ice machine” to help with the pain. You put ice cubes and water in this mini-icebox thing. Then you strap this pad all over shoulder and connect the two together with some flexible tubing. The machine circulates ice cold water through the shoulder pad. It turns the circulation on an off, to regulate the temperature to about 45 degrees F. Pretty neat. My theory is that it keeps it at that temp since its cold enough to numb the pain, but still warm enough that it lets your wounds and incisions heal. I’d been using that twice a day for four hours each. Yesterday, thursday, was the first time that I didn’t use it.

Also, yesterday, I tried to delay my dose of pain meds. I was able to go off the meds (delay my dose) for 30 minutes without feeling too much pain. Previously, it would start hurting really bad an hour (sometimes more) before my next scheduled dose.

I disabled the touchpad. I can type without going crazy now.

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Catch-up: BJJ classes 69-71, ADCC, and internship

Posted by forlogos on May 7, 2007

I’ve been rather busy lately and haven’t been able to post anything for over a week now. Here’s my catch-up post for what’s been happening:

I was finally offered an internship last week and as a result I’ve had to make some very difficult decisions. I’m making a bold move in leaving my job to take this internship. It’s what I’ve wanted to do. It’s easy to talk the talk, but when it comes to leaving my job – – which pays for school, in which I’m comfortable in, am paid for, and have a great boss to work with – – to take an unpaid internship and face so much uncertainty, the first steps taken to walk the walk is very difficult. I’ve decided to take the internship part-time and have settled for a 3-day, unpaid work-week schedule. I’m hoping to have found a paid position or internship by the time the fall semester starts. If not, I’ll study full-time and really worry about what to do about getting an income again.

I’ve gone to three BJJ classes since my last post. I don’t remember much about them now, but I do remember drilling one of the first techniques I learned in BJJ, armbar from the top of North-South & a few other alternatives you can do from there and a few side control escpaes. (If I find time, I will post pictures of the techniques with my snowboard instructors) With my summer class schedule, I will be going to BJJ mostly on the Monday and Wednesday one hour classes – these classes are too short. Next term, I will definitely fix my schedule so I can go to the longer classes. I started out by going to the one-hour classes twice a week and learned some, but I didn’t really start to get better until I started going to the longer classes. Can’t wait to have those classes regularly again

I’m very close to hitting my one-year anniversary of learning BJJ and the 6-month mark for this blog. Yay for me!!

This weekend, I went to watch the 7th (2007) ADCC World Championships in Trenton, NJ. It was a wonderful two days. Marcelo Garcia is really the best fighter to watch. Xande Ribero, Kyra and Rolles Gracie, Leo Viera, and Jeff Glover all gave spectacular performances. Actually, I don’t know all the fighters names – many of them were really great, most of them were impressive and truly inspiring. Am at work as I’m typing this, and damn, I really want to roll!!

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Golden Ticket

Posted by forlogos on April 25, 2007

Last night after writing my previous post, I went to bed all sad and stuff. I woke up with the tune of “I’ve Got A Golden Ticket” from the original Willy Wonka movie stuck in my head. A good sign for things to come? I hope so.

Lyrics of (I’ve Got A) Golden Ticket:

Grandpa Joe:
I never thought my life could be
Anything but catastrophe
But suddenly I begin to see
A bit of good luck for me

‘Cause I’ve got a golden ticket
I’ve got a golden twinkle in my eye

I never had a chance to shine
Never a happy song to sing
But suddenly half the world is mine
What an amazing thing

‘Cause I’ve got a golden ticket

[Spoken]
It’s ours, Charlie!

[Sung]
I’ve got a golden sun up in the sky

I never thought I’d see the day
When I would face the world and say
Good morning, look at the sun
I never thought that I would be
Slap in the lap of luxury
‘Cause I’d have said:

Charlie:
It couldn’t be done

Grandpa Joe:
But it can be done

I never dreamed that I would climb
Over the moon in ecstasy
But nevertheless, it’s there that I’m
Shortly about to be

Grandpa Joe and Charlie:
‘Cause I’ve got a golden ticket
I’ve got a golden chance to make my way
And with a golden ticket, it’s a golden day

Grandpa Joe:
[Spoken]
Good morning, look at the sun!

Grandpa Joe and Charlie:
[Sung]
‘Cause I’d have said,
It couldn’t be done

Grandpa Joe:
But it can be done

I never dreamed that I would climb
Over the moon in ecstasy
But nevertheless, it’s there that I’m
Shortly about to be

‘Cause I’ve got a golden ticket

Grandpa Joe and Charlie:
‘Cause I’ve got a golden ticket
I’ve got a golden chance to make my way
And with a golden ticket, it’s a golden day

So when I got to work, I put the CD of the soundtrack on. After the Golden Ticket song, Lucky Charlie played (WinAmp was playing in random order). These two songs are definite pick-me-ups and fit my situation somewhat.

Lyrics of Lucky Charlie:

Charlie’s Mother:
You get blue like everyone,
But me and Grandpa Joe
Can make you troubles go away,
Blow away, there they go…

Cheer Up Charlie
Give me a smile,
What happened to the smile I used to know
Don’t you know your grin has always been my sunshine;
Let that sunshine show…

Come on Charlie,
No need to frown,
Deep down you know the world is still your toy…

When the days get heavy
Never pitter patter
Up and attum boy.

Someday, sweet as a song,
Charhe’s lucky day will come along,
Till that day,
You’ve got to stay strong Charlie,
Up on top is right where you belong.

Look up Charlie,
You’ll see a star,
Just follow it and keep your dreams in view.
Pretty soon the sky is going to clear up Charlie,
Cheer up Charlie do,
Cheer up Charlie,
Just be glad you’re you

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haven’t landed an internship yet

Posted by forlogos on April 25, 2007

Like I said in my last internship related post – I don’t have any internships yet. Here’s what I said about it:

“I feel like its 2002 (post 9-11) all over again and I can’t get any jobs. Arghhh, I thought doing this MBA thing would help me!!!!”

I had a few really good interviews. My first pick had me go through several interviews, all of which went well (I felt they did) that time kept running out in just conversing with my interviewers. Then I didn’t hear back from them, then I made calls and sent emails to follow up – to which I got no responses, then I finally got a cold and unfriendly form-letter rejection email.

Once you put yourself in an administrative hole, it’s very hard to climb out. Too many managers out there just look at your last position and think that that’s all you’re ever going to amount to. I know and have heard of many managers that think that way about support staff – the managers that look at the individual and not at the job description, they are a rarity.

This is a major reason as to why I’m getting an MBA.

I shouldn’t have had to go through this. I’ve seen people with business degrees from local (American) schools get decent business jobs. Looking back, I see all the career mistakes I’ve made.

Fuck, I’ve made a lot of mistakes since I moved to the USA. My first mistake was moving here at the time that I did – it ruined the start of my career.

The school where I earned my undergrad business degree is the best business school in my home country. The university is one of the overall top three schools back home, the specific rankings change every year but it is always ranked either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. So my school would have been an “Ivy League” school or something. Anyway, earning a degree from my school pretty much guaranteed a good job, post-graduation. So, I should have worked back home before I moved here. Getting good experience (and resume filler) back home would have led to better jobs here. Heck, it works for all my other countrymates.

So anyway, I moved here right after college. So of course in New York, my degree is worthless. It’s not recognized and no one knows about it or my school. As far as recruiters were concerned, I could have just made up the name of my school and degree. In addition, I’m Asian – so I have that looks-so-many-years-younger-than-my-actual-age-Asian look. So I show up to a job interview, with a resume that has a “made-up” degree, looking like I’m about to go to my highschool dance wearing my dad’s suit.

To make it worse, I came right after September 11. Bad job market, too many job seekers, not enough jobs…

Which is why I ended up in this administrative hole. A support job was the only one I could get.

I then made many, many more stupid mistakes, such as getting comfortable and relaxed. So I dug myself a deeper and deeper hole…

I know that there are plenty of things I should be grateful for, and I am. Things aren’t so bad. I’m just having a down day and needed some sort of outlet. Working out left me sore, but it wasn’t a big enough outlet. I still don’t feel any better.

Even getting my grades for the Spring semester did not cheer me up. I got three A’s, that’s three 4.0’s – and they don’t get any higher than that. I still went through the entire day feeling down.

I need ice cream…

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PodCampNYC

Posted by forlogos on March 25, 2007

Me and AG are going to Podcamp NYC.  Podcamp is a new media unconference (the un- is because it’s a free conference and is different from other conferences).  Check out the website for more info.

Over the past year and more or so, I’ve discovered and got into all this new media lifestyle.  I read blogs on my phone during my commutes, listen to nothing but podcasts (I even get my news via podcasts), and even have this here blog.  There’s a whole slew of new media thingamastuff out there, such as user generated content (wiki’s anyone?) and whatever, which I haven’t even delved into yet.  I like new media and would like to learn more.

Funny, it’s a new media conference, held at the New School, here in New York!!

Anyway, if any of you readers out there (my blog stats say I’ve got at least 3 or 4) are going to Podcamp NYC, leave me a comment to let me know.

This whole new media thing is also getting my brain whacked-up.  I’d like to get a new media related marketing internship, but the only one I’ve been able to get an interview for is unpaid, whereas I also have a traditional  S&P 500 marketing paid internship interview lined up.  I should go for whichever job will take me, but what happens if I get both?  I’m leaning towards the paid one, since I don’t believe in working for free (I’m not volunteering).  But I really dunno…..

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Next term plans and internship search

Posted by forlogos on March 21, 2007

Yesterday was a good day at work. Well, I only did about an hour-and-a-half to two hours worth of work.

I spent most of my day doing school stuff. I spent most of the morning deciding which subjects to register for in the summer term. Besides downloading the list of course offerings, I narrowed my search down by removing the classes I wasn’t yet qualified for due to prereqs, removed the classes I’ve already taken, and removed classes I had no intention of ever taking. From the classes I did want to take, I checked each professor against their ratings on RateMyProfessors.com (RMP).

I was originally going to go for a Finance core course, a marketing course, and a special topic course: Business Blogging, and (since the blogging course was likely to be easy) Business Law or MIS. Four subjects for a part-time student! But I learn so much about blogging and business blogging from the various blogs I frequent, I feel that spending time and money on a subject I already kinda know and read about for free almost everyday isn’t worth it. I have a limited amount of electives, and I should use them for something that I want to know more about and don’t know enough already. Also, the class professor is still unannounced, and registration starts this week. I don’t want to have a bad professor. On the other hand, the marketing class professor has been announced but it will be taught by an unknown – no one knows this person and the person has no RMP profile – and I really don’t want to take the chance and go with horrible professors.

Given the two, I’ve decided to go for three subjects instead, Principles of Modern Finance, MIS, and Business Law. All three are core subjects, and I think I will have my part-time hands very full. I really like the schedule, tuesdays and thursdays, time between class days for BJJ and homework and I get a breather from the weekend with monday. All the professors are good, according to RMP, so no worries. Well, except for law, which may be my hardest subject.

I haven’t secured any internships yet. I went through another wave of applications, but no replies other than auto-replies and one company that wrote to say that they “liked my resume and experience, but don’t fit their needs and will keep my resume on file.” Bull.

I do have a pending chance with a friend of mine, I think I wrote about this internship opportunity awhile back. My friend is one of two people in the Marketing department of a major foreign company trying to enter the US. I just sent him my resume as they seem to have finally decided on the specifics of the requirements for the intern/s that they would like to have.

Also, I went to a career fair in school today. I went primarily for one company, the one where AG works. I went straight to their table and had a nice chat with them. The hiring coordinator sits next to a friend of ours (mine and AG’s) at said company, so I hope it will help me in getting in the door.

I do hope I get an internship soon, summer is fast approaching…

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work and about 14″ on the way

Posted by forlogos on March 16, 2007

Work was good today. After a meeting, where I did a short presentation, I went to my desk and made another instructional presentation regarding the new process we were implementing and the new-to-half-my-department application we would need for this. I sent this to my entire department (6 locations in 3 countries and about 100-125 people) and I received complements on how great and clear the presentation I made was. With my boss cc’ed, of course!! Ha hah!!

While this motivated me to do some work, I’m still going to leave this job. I am still looking for an internship and I will definitely take a term to study full-time. If I don’t get the internship, then I’m going to look for another full-time job. I really need to get my career moving. Fortunately, I am only 26 so I have time on my side.

But I do hate when I get in conversations with people my age and they disclose that they make twice what I do. Not that I’m jealous or anything, but the last time this happened, I couldn’t help but compare myself to this person (a SLACKER) and think of how much more work I do and how irreplaceable I am to my group (it’s true, no one else does what I do and it will take a long time for another to learn and do things as efficiently as me).

Anyway, am really psyched for this weekend. Mt. Snow is getting about 15″ inches of snow on Friday night, and boy am I glad that me and AG managed to grab some seats for the saturday bus !! 15″ in the Ice Coast, oh yeah, it’s gonna be an epic day!!!

Snowboard looooooooooooooooooove!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Work is boring

Posted by forlogos on December 12, 2006

It is. I feel like I’ve been here so long I don’t have to think anymore – I can just go on autopilot and I’ll get my job done. When situations come up, I know what to do or who to call. Even if it’s something major like someone screwed up and it involves all of the EU and some other countries. It’s like am a robot. Am bored with my job.

One of the reasons why am getting my MBA. I need a job where I can use my brain again.

I just need a new job.

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