Hey. Have you ever thought about a career in or around fashion? I love your style and we have similar tastes. Miss you!
I have thought about it, but for some reason or another, never pursued it.
I love clothes and, by extension, fashion. Sometimes, I’m good at it. I worked clothing retail (the Gap mostly) through high school and loved it. Nothing pleased me more than a customer with an open mind and time to put together a whole new outfit.
Two weeks ago, my friend Jarid was in town. Our friends and I took her shopping at Chelsea Market’s Artists and Fleas Design and Vintage Market in Manhattan. We were browsing in a small shop where this tall, leggy brunette was trying on dresses while her boyfriend appeared to be yearning for a “boyfriend chair”.
She seemed to be having trouble deciding on the dress she wanted, and though I initially avoided commenting because I didn’t want to shame or antagonize her boyfriend, the need to help her out soon got the better of me. I told her which dress I preferred for her shape and complexion and suggested some accessories and hairstyles that would really do it justice. By the end, I had picked out another dress, a top and a few accessories for her. We left her as she paid for her new clothes with a smile on her face (matching the smile on the salesperson who did good business with minimal effort).
I just don’t know what I’d do in fashion or what skills I’d want to acquire. I don’t think I’d be good enough to design, but maybe style consultation? Personal shopping? Regardless, I don’t know if I’d ever find myself wanting to switch from engineering.
I don’t adore software engineering, but I like interesting problems and creating cool, functional things. I work for a great company that provides exciting challenges, great teams and a mission that I can really get behind.
I've been following you for a while, and I always get really upset when I see you posting something negative, because... You seem like a genuinely interesting person, and if I were any smarter/in New York, I would definitely want to be better acquainted with you.
Thanks, anon. I really appreciate it! Everyone’s got smarts of their own, and I’m sure we’d get along. Keep in mind that I’ve made many friends through Tumblr that I speak to regularly, both local and around the world. That’s the magic of a community like this one.
Trust me, I know that it sucks that I’ve been down, lately. Honestly, I do take it on the chin a bit more than I think is warranted, and lately, my energy has been sapped.
These aren’t the great times. This is the in-between. The time where stress and disappointment and sadness change the shape of me like sandpaper. If I’m an interesting person, it is partly because I’ve lived through times like these, times 100-fold better and periods of more hopeless dark.
Every phase of your life requires different tools to process. This is a phase that has been a long time coming, but it doesn’t mean I’m any more well-prepared for it.
Whatever my methods will be, a common thread is to share the good and the bad. Though I try to diminish the negative and I hide the horrible, everything you see is me.
I’m thankful that my followers find my world interesting enough to stay tuned in. It sure beats blogging the adventure that is my life into the ether.
Some of the third-party web services I have to interact with at work use a moderately outdated technology (SOAP API). The SOAP interface in PHP (the language my company uses, along with many other web companies) has a bunch of weird problems to it. I’ve had to tackle a bunch of these issues, especially with timeouts, or how long to wait for a call to the third-party service before giving up (think a webpage that takes forever to load).
So, last night I hacked together a chunk of code that reuses that interface and replaces several of the bits that are unreliable and put them under my more… well… particular brand of control.
Sure, I could start using it and maybe face some problems down the line if I’ve missed something, but hey, why not email the creator of the entire language, itself, and see if he has some better ideas or can help improve my approach?