As of 2010, the average American had eleven jobs from the ages of eighteen to forty-six. This means that the days of joining an organization and staying there to climb that one ladder are long gone. Lori often quotes Pattie Sellers, who conceived a much better metaphor: “Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.”
As Lori describes it, ladders are limiting— people can move up or down, on or off. Jungle gyms offer more creative exploration. There’s only one way to get to the top of a ladder, but there are many ways to get to the top of a jungle gym.
The ability to forge a unique path with occasional dips, detours and even dead ends presents a better chance for fulfillment. Plus, a jungle gym provides great views for many people, not just those at the top. On a ladder, most climbers are stuck staring at the butt of the person above.
Sheryl Sandberg, “Lean In” (via dhuseontheloose)
I was asked yesterday how I could stay at tech company for longer than 3 years. I explained to him how I have been doing new things every year. Now I’m a manager with a set of responsibilities that I didn’t have five years ago. I may be working for the same company but I have had many jobs since moving down here. I think the jungle gym analogy is spot on because I’m also having fun.
- Coworker: Are you a fan of the Avett Brothers? If not disregard, but if so, I wanted you to see this.
- Tyler: How did you peg me a possible Avett Brothers fan? Do I give off an Avett Brothers aura?
- Coworker: I was afraid you were going to ask that, so I was already trying to remember where I might have heard. I know it was years ago...
- Haha. Avett Brothers aura. Love it. Maybe it’s the plaid!
GeoGuessr is an online game where you are presented with 5 random Google Street View locations and have to pinpoint them on a map using the clues you come across. It’s probably the closest I’m going to being dropped in a random place in the world.
I have been impressed with my work so far. I tend to look for signs or markings on cars to narrow it down. The landscape can be an obvious source. Tonight I got dropped right in front of sign that said “Lake Worth, FL”. I limit myself to my knowledge when playing so I browsed around Florida until I found it North of Miami. Can you beat 13471 points?
Landlord sent me an inspection report claiming the dark spot in the carpet and blind that doesn’t match the rest will be coming out of my deposit.
I called the landlord asking if he is interested in photos proving these nuggets were present before we moved it.
Landlord is interested.
The landlord has always been very reasonable and fair. I wish I could have stayed with him.
The previous tenant we subleased from played dumb when I asked if he remembered the irregular blind or recalled the carpet. I was honest and said that I would be emailing photos showing that the spot was there when we moved in. It was a bonus to find a photo of his large chair on the exact spot in question.
Kids. Take photos of your rental properties. You will never know what is “damaged” until you leave.
We didn’t take any photos of this place but the landlord was super anal about walking through every room together. It was actually uncomfortable when he promised to tweak the windows and such.
Beth & I celebrated 5 years of marriage Friday night with a simple date to Germantown Café. She had the plum pork and I the trout. The atmosphere was casual and comfortable. I don’t think it could have been any better of a night. (I’m going to ignore the disappointing pork belly tater tot appetizer.) We wanted to walk around our old neighborhood but rain was moving in so we drove back home leisurely.
5 years of marriage. Soon 5 years in Nashville. 5 different homes.
My paternal grandmother wrote “You must like moving.” in an anniversary card to us.
I work in a large room of 4ish development teams. The loudest has outgrown this space and moved. The other are currently in meetings. The last is remote today.
It’s quiet in here.
One developer in our office has stood at his desk since I started here. In the early days he had cardboard boxes, an old Sun box, and wooden boards holding up his rig. A year ago he got the company to buy him this standing workstation. Now 15ish coworkers have their own standing workstation and I got mind last week.
Today is my first full day at it and it is going better than my Friday afternoon. I stood from 9-12 this morning and plan to stand all afternoon. My legs burned a little in the morning and now my back has the same pain I experienced starting as a grocery store bagger and washing dishes. I sway, tap my feed, put weight on one leg, etc. to break it all up. I stole my bosses unused cushioned mat and it feels really good to stand on with my shoes off.
I’m hoping my digestive comfort is the biggest improvement I see. Hunching over for a few hours after lunch makes me feel bad. I should take walks but I tend to go right back into work after my treats are gone.
Beth doesn’t see my desk often and criticizes the “crap” I have on it every time she does. This photo was no exception.
Playful, soft, sunnily melancholy and springlike, Zooey Deschanel’s songs with M. Ward once again subsist on the strength of their own agreeability. Timelessness has long been key to She & Him’s charm, and indeed, Volume 3 seems to be floating through AM speakers at all times.
My day is made.