Category Archives: New York

New York Magazine thinks there’s no good, cheap food in Queens

Queens doesn’t exist. Or maybe it just disappeared one day while everyone was checking their smartphones and being social. There’s a giant void between Manhattan, Brooklyn and Nassau County. Woodside… felled. Flushing… down the purchase cheap kamagra toilet. Jackson Heights… sunk. Only the quickly gentrifying Astoria remains, visible from the Upper East Side on the rare occasion someone […]

The great unemployment coffee experiment

I’m a creature of habit. My morning commute to my five-month freelance gig always included a stop for coffee. The project’s long hours made caffeine a necessity. Soon enough, the caffeine headaches made caffeine a necessity. My trip always led me past one of two decent coffee places, depending on the route. The fancy-sounding though […]

Smartphone zombies rule the earth, or at least New York sidewalks

Walking consists of two major components: moving your feet and looking ahead. If you don’t move your feet, you stay in one place. This is called standing, or, in New York, tourism. If you don’t look ahead, you run into things, or things with the right of way run into you. This is called stupidity, […]

Let the music play… and I will kill you

Morning and evening rush hour on the subway is quiet time. The trains are crowded with commuters. But everyone sleeps or reads or daydreams or listens to music through headphones. Nobody talks, and nobody bothers anyone. It’s a very New York feeling to be surrounded and still alone. And during rush hour – when you’re […]

Job interview, aka complete waste of time

I had a job interview for an Account Manager position… a very odd job interview. I don’t really know what to make of it. So maybe teasing out my thoughts into an epic blog post, laced with humor and vitriol, will clear things up. What would really clear things up… having this post picked up […]

Open letter to Conan O’Brien offering job search help

Norm Elrod Jackson Heights, NY joblessandless[at]gmail[dot]com January 15, 2010 Conan O’Brien Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien 100 Universal City Plaza Building 2220 4th floor Universal City, CA 91608 Dear Conan: I’m so sorry to learn of your recent job troubles. Employers can be such a pain sometimes. I know from experience, having been laid off […]

Unemployment vs. sick day, the home edition

Unemployed people get unlimited, unpaid sick days, in case you’re considering unemployment as a career move. But I haven’t taken a sick day in forever. Sick days were a rarity for me even when employed. I’m generally a healthy guy. And laying about seems like such a waste when things need to get done. (Hear […]

The holiday season job I didn’t want and didn’t get, part 3

[Read the get kamagra fast holiday season job post, part 1 and part 2 so this post makes sense.] Around 1:30, a full three hours after my arrival, an interviewer led me out of the horribly misnamed Turnover Room and into the interview room across the hall. Set up were two rows of five narrow tables, each with […]

The holiday season job I didn’t want and didn’t get, part 1

What better time to find a job than the holidays? The whole retail industry staffs up to meet the demands of the year’s busiest shopping season. More eager shoppers require more overworked sales people to serve them while wishing they could just go home. It’s a holiday maxim, as accepted as Black Friday and mall […]

Onward with the unemployment… my one-year anniversary

Here I am riding another bus, trying do some work and trying not to get motion sickness. Working on the computer while traveling is a much better idea in theory than in practice. The bus ride gives me a solid block of time to concentrate and tick things off my list, or dive into a […]