On the Job

I started my new job today. It’s not exactly exciting and not exactly philanthropic, but it will pay the bills. In fact, with what I earned today, I will likely get one month’s worth of electricity and two months’ worth of gas. I might even get a month of phone service. I’m on my way.

My new office is all the way downtown, directly across the street from the World Trade Center site. I have not been down there since right after 9/11 and I have to be honest that I was a little taken aback by what it’s still like down there. That always, always was one of my favorite places in the city. When I was down or having a bad day, I would take a ride down there, walk through the plaza between the towers, over the glass-enclosed overpass into the World Financial building and through to the Battery Park promenade, where I could sit on the grass and watch the sun set over the Statue of Liberty. Now as I walk through I can see only shadows of those days. I was perhaps ignorantly surprised at how much of the wreckage actually remains there today. Quite frankly, I found it depressing. I anticipate that getting to and from work will be the hardest parts of my day.

If I were to be totally honest, I would have to say that I am probably also a little bit irrationally anxious about working in the building where I’m working. I’m high up in the building and I keep imagining what it would have been like had I been working there five years ago. I used to work on Wall Street about six years ago, but even that wasn’t right across the street like this place. It’s a bit strange. I hate talking about it but I feel like I can’t talk about today and my first day on the job without talking about those impressions on my commute.

All that aside, I got to work to find that I do not have a computer at the office. That’s right. Not only do I not have access to blogs, I don’t have access to internet. And not only do I not have access to internet, but I don’t have access to iTunes. And not only do I not have access to iTunes, but I don’t have access to ANYTHING technology-related whatsoever.

For some reason, I am going back again tomorrow. Oh yeah. The electric bill. I knew there was some kind of reason.


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