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- Wednesday, Aug. 02, 2006

It may be time for a change
- Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Entry in the air
- Friday, April 21, 2006

Still here
- Thursday, April 20, 2006

Music of the moment
- Wednesday, March 1, 2006



101 in 1001
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Dancing Brave
Fugging It Up
Kitty Sandwich
Mister Zero
Sideways Rain


My crew
Our host

Monday, June 27, 2005 - 7:04 p.m.

Status symbol

You always want to move up in the world. You want to improve yourself, improve your standing in life. Improve your income.

I came to this job three years ago come September. I didn't know exactly what it would entail, how I'd take to it, what opportunities it would provide for me. I still don't know how long I'll stay. But no matter how I feel about working here, I want to advance myself. I want to do well.

This morning, I came into the office not knowing what to expect from today, unaware of what twists the fates might send my way.

I had no idea my standing here was about to change in a major way.

"Dan, it's Jen," the message on my voice mail began, "please give me a call when you get a chance."

I was intrigued. Why would our company's office manager -- the den mother of this motley group -- be calling me?

Then it all became clear:

I got a parking space.

Finally, some recognition! Some status! No longer will I have to turn in off the street and decide if I should hope for one of the dozen spots in the small front lot just steps from the door. No need anymore to gauge the weather to determine if I should choose between the two options outside the building or wind around underneath to the covered parking -- where my black car is dry and cool, protected from the harsh summer sunshine.

Of course, I've been parking downstairs underneath the cover of A Level for more than a year now. One half of the level, you see, is free-for-all parking. You get a spot, it's yours. But now ... now I move over to the reserved side. From this day forward, I don't have to hope for a spot, I don't have to guess which row to turn down, I don't have to wonder how far beneath the buildling -- or how far away from the elevator and stairs -- I will be able to park.

Starting tomorrow, until the day I leave this place of employment, parking spot A-12 is mine.

So long as that maroon Jeep that was there today gets the memo.

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