Friday, June 30, 2006

So let's catch up...

I've just completed my first week at the new job. It was actually a pretty interesting week and on top of it, I made my first sale (woo hoo) and booked a trade deal that's going to make a lot of people happy. They were kinda shocked that I made my first sale so soon (three days) but I didn't think much of it since the person who I contracted it through was someone that I already knew and already had a working relationship with. Had it been with a total stranger then I think it would have been much more difficult.

On the plus side of the job (besides being able to wear kilts to work which I have done twice already), it's a predominately gay environment and is much more relaxed. We work hard, that's for sure, but it's nice to be able to be yourself and not hold back. I mean, when I was working for the French, I never really cared if someone knew that I was gay. What I did in my off-hours was totally mine and was no one's business. However, I did feel that the office was very clique-ish and I never really was fully accepted into the group. Sure they would make comments about me not wanting to join them for drinks or anything but when you're made to feel unwelcome to begin with you really don't want anything to do with them when they do extend the invitation. Here, they've already welcomed me, accepted me, and made me a part of the group. Before when it was my boss and brown noser of a coworker (at the time) going out to lunch over and ignoring me and making me feel like an outcast, now it's the team inviting me to join them (which I have done). It's a much better environment (even if my pay is lower) but it's still a great experience so far. Well...there is the guy who I think was kinda flirting with me today because he started off by joking about my kilt and did a faux Riverdance/prance action. He got a little concerned that I was insulted by it (which I wasn't) but I did let him know what will insult me (namely people trying to lift up the kilt to see what's underneath). He came by a little bit later and asked to feel the material of the kilt (it was one of my Utilikilts and I actually get that request very often) so I said okay and he felt the material (cotton) and then felt my leg a bit. I smiled and called him a flirt as he walked away. He's pretty cute so I'm not going to complain. I'm not big on dipping my pen in the company ink so we'll see where this goes...if anywhere.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Job! it's a lower base salary than where I was (a lot lower) but the commission part of it should help mitigate that. As my friend Posatron (my nickname for her) has said, I needed my world shaken up in a big way. And boy did I get it...

On Monday morning I start working in the expo/event planning industry. I start off on the sales side of it first since I have to learn that part of the industry and show I can do it well before they will give me my first show to run. Everyone says that I'll be very good at sales but, of course, I have my own doubts about it because...well...I'm human and prone to self doubt.

On the plus side of it, I'm in an industry that I want to be in. The job will be challenging and I will see immediate rewards based upon my sales work. We all know I love a challenge so this will definitely be right up my alley. With the group expanding from six expos this year to 12 next year and potentially 20+ in 2008, I could be doing my own shows within a year. It's a very small department so the room for advancement is pretty good. Also, I can wear kilts to the office. An even bigger plus!

On the bad side, it is a lower base salary. I'll have to cut back on a few perks. Maybe ditch the blackberry for a regular cell phone. But it's a job and if I can hang with this for a while and make it work for me, I'll be a happy man.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Today's horoscope

The coming four weeks will be a lot more fun than the last four weeks have been. They won't be quite as exciting vut don't worry. You'll adjust.

Translation -- about four weeks ago I got laid off from my job right before the Bingham Cup tournament. Yesterday, I got a job offer I'm seriously considering.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Okay so it's not a permanent position but, at the very least, I have a 2-3 week assignment that will give me some much needed money in the coffers and not send me back home to Florida.

So if you see me downtown in the financial district or on the 4/5 to Bowling Green feel free to stop me and ask about my conversation with Alfre Woodard.

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Monday, June 12, 2006

A goddess...

Alfre Woodard is nothing less than a goddess to be worshipped....

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Tony Awards Rrivia

How many people does it take to get Oprah Winfrey ready to go on stage....

From my count she has like six or seven people with her with one guy that looks like he's just here to carry the train of he dress...

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Saturday Salute to the Tonys

Some people ahve actually seen me do this number while drunk on tequila...

Friday, June 09, 2006

Friday Salute to the Tonys

And yes...from my vantage point in Radio City that evening, they did "let it go"...and it was nice...

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Thursday's Salute to the Tonys

A pretty cute commercial for the Tony Awards...cracks me up for reasons I can't go into on the blog....

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Wednesday's Salute to the Tonys

This show should have won...Titanic was dreck....gotta love this number even if they cut it down for TV time..

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Tuesday's Salute to the Tonys

Perhaps the best ever opening to the Tony Awards I have seen in many years...

Monday, June 05, 2006

Monday's Salute to the Tonys

From could I not post this one...

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Yes I'm alive has gotten busy and blogging has become a low priority....however, in honor of the Tony Awards being held next weekend and their 60th Anniversary, I will post a clip a day of a great Tony Award winning performance or Tony show performance...

And how could I not start off with this...yeah the quality is bad but hell, it's Donna McKechnie doing "The Music and the Mirror"....