February 5th, 2019 @ 9:06 pm
so… i FINALLY got a new job! it only took an entire damn year, but it was definitely worth the wait. i gained $13k more than my last job in this new spot. i’m only on day two, but so far it’s been pretty good. i’m already working on a small part of one of the largest sites at my job, so i’m getting nerves out of the way.
i am unfortunately stuck using a mac, and my desk setup is a bit janky bc they gave me a GINORMOUS monitor that is basically a tv and now i’m relying on the laptop and i’m going blind. i am not used to that XL monitor life, and i don’t know how you mac people do it. it’s also on a swivel, not on the desk itself so it’s hard to move/position it. the keyboard shortcuts are awful and the mouse they gave me is so dumb. you can left and right click, but it’s all one button – it’s so awkward, but i digress.
day one didn’t start off so bad, in fact, it started straight up interesting.
i wanted to see how long the walk was from penn up to the 50s where my office is, and the train schedule would either left me at penn with 30 mins to spare or 60. i went with the full hour window, since it was my first day. i strolled up slowly and i ended up getting to my building about 30 mins early so that i could grab breakfast and a coffee and chill out. i didn’t want to be irritable NYC commuter jess on my first day.
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i ended up getting to my building with about 20 mins to spare, so i got my croissant and my espresso and sat down at one of the free tables. within about one minute, some lady sits down next to me and i look up, and there’s beto o’rourke. he was approached by two people, and started chatting and taking selfies with them. of course, like most people in 2019, i pull out my phone and take a picture of him. i look at the lady that sat down next to me, and i was mouthed “oh my gosh” and pointed at him, and she was like “oh, that’s my husband”.
there weren’t too many people in this starbucks, so he actually got to walk away from the two without being bombarded. as soon as he got to the table, i said hi and told him i was a huge fan of sparta. he lit up and started shooting the shit with me right away. i’m hoping it was refreshing for someone to approach him with something other than politics while he was on the move in the real world.
i honestly didn’t know who he really was before the lead singer (jim) was raving at him at the show kristen and i went to last year. i told him that jim talked him up and that i had donated to him. we shot the shit about where i lived, where he lived in NYC, what i do for work, we talked about my new job that features audio books, and how he had done an audio book about punk rock and that he covered the fugazi chapter. i also had mentioned that i share a birthday with jim, and once i told him that, he thought it was too rad. he asked his wife to take a picture of us to send to him, along with the story of the morning. it was a really funny run-in.
🙁 of course i didn’t even think to ask for a picture, since the situation seemed so damn normal… so he’s got a picture of us floating around in the cloud somewhere, and i was left with this nifty story.
it’s a cool “first day” story, so i shouldn’t really complain.
i asked him what he was doing in NYC, leisure or biz, and he said he was going on oprah. i looked online just now and apparently he’s not ruling out running for president in 2020. before i had left the table, i didn’t want to be *that girl*, so i didn’t mentioned presidency at all, specifically. i did however tell him that he’s doing great things, i admire what he stands for and sort of alluded that he should go for “it” (wink wink).
BETO FOR PREZ!