Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Well, I got a call yesterday. It was from one of the managers in the Philly office. I didn't receive an offer from the San Fran office. Kind of disappointed, but I guess it makes my decision easier. I still think I am going to accept my offer from the Philly office. I was happy with the internship, and I really don't feel like going through the stressful and time-consuming interview process again.
Today was my first day back at uni - 4 lectures from 11 am - 5 pm...busy day. This semester is going to suck! Taking 6 subjects is going to take up a lot of time and they are upper-level, intense subjects which equals no fun for Mark this semester. Some people say they are not ready to graduate because uni is too much fun. Well I think I'm ready. Uni is fun and all, but all the work associated with it sucks...*sigh* I always get nervous and feel overburdened at the beginning of every semester so I hope things smooth out like they always have.
Very hungry...time to make some dinnner.
Saturday, August 27, 2005PICTURE MANIA!!!! As I promised, once I got to uni I would post pics from my San Fran trip and other pics from Philly since now I have a "real" internet connection. I moved back to uni today...I moved into my new apartment. This is my first year living in an apartment. I'm not sure how I am going to handle the cooking thing, but I guess I will become a good cook (hopefully) after this year. But anyways, here are plenty of pics to look at...
The first pic is from a restuarant called Julius Castle. Our faculty advisor took us there...total dinner tab for 7 people - $700. The food was so great. First row is Linda (Kirsten's mom), Keyur, Alan, and me. Second row is Kirsten, Danielle, Brian, and Bob "Bear" Kohler simply known as Bear (our faculty adviser).
From Paragon Restaurant before the Giants baseball game.
At the Golden Gate Bridge...
From an Italian restaurant before our flight home. The person on the left is Professor Charlie Smith. He was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He is one of the best people I have met in my life. Quotes such as "Life's short" and "You have to be willing to pump gas" will always be with me and mean so much.
The view of Bay Bridge from our hotel (two following pics)
San Francisco's Chinatown
Golden Gate Bridge plaque and bridge
Lombard Street - one of the most winding roads in the US (three pics)
San Fran Cable Car
My soufle dessert from Julius Castle restaurant...so tasty!
Pics from SBC Park...Giants baseball stadium (six pics)
View of downtown San Francisco from Golden Gate Bridge
Highlight of Trip: Getting kicked out of the club for grabbing the bartender's ass (and she was HOOTTT btw.)
Thursday, August 25, 2005
I came downstairs to the basement/rec room to come online, and I just witnessed one of the most disgusting things EVER. My cat began to vomit. That didn't bother me...he must have been sick at that moment. BUT, then...he started to lick his own puke...EWWWWWW. I yelled at Blackjack (my cat's name) to stop but he continued so I removed him from the area.
On a brighter note, today was my last day of work. THANK GOD. I don't have to return to that hell hole until Thanksgiving break...abt 3 months away. What a reprieve.
Tomorrow I have heaps of errands to run. Gotta call various people at kpmg about various things. gotta pick up paycheck and of course cash it. gotta mow the lawn at my mom's work. gotta pack up for uni...moving saturday (FINALLY...yippee *no sarcasm...actually serious*). gotta do laundry...blah. gotta do who knows what else.
Time to sleep...
Tuesday, August 23, 2005I HATE WORK!!!
I had to be at work today at 7:30 am and finished at 3. blah. less than six hours of sleep last night. I need at least 8 in order to feel good the following day. At about 130, I felt like I was going to pass out from all the standing. I had so many thoughts running through my head, like "Mark, what the hell were you thinking when you said you wanted to work these last two weeks...you definitely should not have worked and just listened to mom about not working." If my mom knew this, she would probably yell at me (but in a polite motherly way) about how she was right and how I should have just taken these last two weeks off since I worked hard this summer at my internship. But, I'm a workaholic. I need or maybe I should say want the money. But as I've mentioned before, I will go to school very motivated because I never want to work the rest of life at such a sh*t job only making $8 per hour. I won't be able to get anywhere in life working such a job. I was talking to someone that works at the supermarket in general merchandise. He said he makes $8.50 an hour. He can barely his bills. But, he never went to uni. More motivation to work and study hard at uni this year. I haven't set a goal for 1st semester yet. I am taking six subjects which is more than a normal load. I'm thinking a 3.5 GPA. I want to graduate with at least a 3.5 GPA. Two more Dean's List would be nice also.
When I got home today, I noticed a DHL package by the door. I knew it would be for me, and I had a feeling it was going to be from KPMG. It was my official offer letter for full-time employment. A couple of surprises:
First surprise...my salary according to the paperwork is $3,000 higher than what I was told during my oral offer given at the office a few weeks ago. I have received a $3,000 raise and have not even started working yet. But, I'm not about to argue with them.
Second surprise...I receive 25 paid days off for vacation, illness, and absence. I didn't really think much of it until my mom read the letter. She said something like "Mark, you get 25 paid days off, whaaaa!?!?!?" Then it hit me. 25 paid days off. That's five weeks of work that I get to take off and get paid for it! What a sweet deal! Hmm...where should I go? My mom said that I should take her to Italy. I would LOVE to go there.
Now, I just have to wait to see if I receive an offer from the San Fran office. Time will tell.
Monday, August 22, 2005
I talked to Frank, one of the Chinese exchange students from last semester, earlier tonight. It was the first time I have talked to him since IH. I had the wrong msn name by one letter...woops. He told me that Linlin and JK, the medicine tutor, were getting married. I was astonished, I couldn't believe it. I am happy for them, but I am so surprised at the same time. Hopefully she gets a big fat diamond ring from him.
I received my Business 2.0 magazine today. I get it for free since I'm a member of an honor society. Overall, the magazine isn't that great, definitely not as good as BusinessWeek. But in the table of contents (or whatever magazines call it for that matter), under "What's Cool" read " 130...Travel...As layovers get longer, airports are getting creative. Here are six great ways to pass the time." So I immediately flip to page 130. One of the six airports highlighted was the Singapore Changi Airport. What a surprise! Maybe I will have the opportunity to experience it next summer. But they said the following about the airport: "Grauman's Chinese it's not, but the theater adjacent to Terminal 2 does play a free stream of second-run, English-language films 24 hours a day. Later, stretch your legs on a walk through one of the airport's many gardens - you'll find orchids, koi ponds, and sunflower mazes in Terminal 2 and an open-air cactus garden on the roof of Terminal 1. Those with a little more energy can belt our a few tunes at the karaoke lounge in Terminal 1 or catch the live jazz performances by local musicians at Harry's Bar, located on a landscaped terrace overlooking the runways." Accurate or no? Better than their description? Hopefully I will find out next summer.
I watched ABC News' World News Tonight. They reported 87 Asian Nationals have been arrested for attempting to bring into the US $4 million in counterfeit currency. The US government suspects North Korea has a group counterfeiting US money, cigarettes, and other goods. I'm glad I took Asia-Pacific International Politics because I actually learned a lot. I never knew how much our news was biased and how the US government has tried to paint a negative picture of the North Koreans. I am quite skeptical of the whole report that was on the news (the latter that is). What proof does the US government have for such claims? I don't feel like talking politics anymore so I'll leave it at that.
I just watched Jay Leno's Jaywalking a few minutes ago. I swear some Americans are really fuc*ing stupid. I really hope these people are the minority of the population. If you can't answer the following questions, you don't deserve to be a citizen of this country: Who is the Chief Justice (of the Supreme Court)? - William Rehnquist (spelling probably wrong, at least I know the answer) Who is Tony Blair? - Britian's PM Who is Benedict XVI? - the Pope What is the President's wife's name? - Laura Who ran in the last presidential election? - George Bush and John Kerry What street/road is the White House on? - Pennsylvania Avenue
There were other questions but I don't recall all of the them. The point is, as an American, you should be able to answer these questions...they're very easy in my opinion. If you can't, you should be deported. That may be a lil harsh but a lot of Americans need to become more educated/informed.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
I had dinner with my godparents, mom, and dad last night (well technically two nights ago since it's now 1205 am). It's nice that we were able to have dinner together considering there used to be some "bad blood" between my dad and godparents (mostly my godfather). And, of course, my mom and dad never really got along that well since the separation and subsequent divorce but within the past year or so it seems like they talk more and see each other more.
When we were leaving my godparent's condo, my mom and I were talking to my godfather about movies. My mom brought up "Wedding Crashers" and how funny it was. I have yet to see it, and I don't have any plans to see it soon because I'm not one of those rare people that go to movies by themselves. But, anyways, my godparents had already seen it and they thought it was very funny also. Next, my mom mentioned "March of the Penguins." It's a documentary on penguins. My godfather rolled his eyes and kind of smirked at the thought of seeing a documentary on penguins but it's been getting rave reviews. My mom replied by saying "Penguins walk 70 miles to have sex." Followed by, "Would you walk 70 miles to have sex?" My godfather answered, "I would walk 170 miles to have sex.....*pause*.......I have to BEG for it." Please keep in mind that my godfather is 70 years old. When he said this, I thought "Ewww....come on now, you just totally crossed the line." But, we all laughed at his comment because it was quite funny at the moment. I guess the good thing to know is that my Italian sex hormones will still be working very well at such an age and hopefully I won't need to use Vaigra to "get it up." hahahaha.
My godfather gave me "Coping with Difficult People...In Business and In Life" to read. Considering I read very very little in my spare time, I don't know when I'm going to read this book. I definitely won't have the time one week from now to read it cause I will be back at uni and doing better things like partying, having fun, going to football games, and of course going to lecture and studying (booooo!!!). But anyways, the book as I understand it, is basically how to deal with all of the assholes you encounter in your life. Those people that don't like you because they're jealous of who you have become. I'm more interested in reading the stuff on the coping with difficult people in business because in a year I will be entering "Corporate America."
When I got to work today, I was thinking "This job isn't too bad. It's good to be back." By the end of the workday, I was thinking "This job FU**IN sucks....I hate it! What was I thinking when I decided to work these last two weeks before uni?!?!?" Well, at least I am getting more excited about going to uni next weekend. Some of my friends have been SO hyped up about returning the past few weeks and I've been like "ehhh....yeah....uni....good times *sarcasm*" But now, I share in their enthusiasm for the start of a new school year. My last one. *sob*
I finally get to sleep in tomorrow. I don't have any plans on waking up before noon unless if my mom decides that I should.
Monday, August 15, 2005
I feel like I haven't made a "real" blog in the longest time, the past few have just been quick notes more or less. I tried uploading my San Fran pics to mypicgallery earlier today, but of course since I am on damn dial-up which is slower than my dead grandmother's pace of walking, they wouldn't upload. So I guess everyone will have to wait until I get to uni in two weeks where I have a real internet connection.
I start working tomorrow at one of my past summer jobs. It's a b*tch job. I get to push grocery carts back into the store for six hours which makes me a corporate b*tch. I will also be working inside as a cashier on Thursday....YIPPEE...*sarcasm* But, at least, jobs like these serve as my motivation to work hard at uni to land the "real" job (which already happened as you may know). Whenever I'm going through a rough time at uni, I always remember that I could be somewhere else doing b*tch work which pays sh*t. It's kind of funny how I will be making about only $130-$150 per week doing this crap when I made that in a day and a half at my internship.
Not much else has been going on. Yesterday was my dad's bday so I went out to his house to spend some "quality time" with him. He seemed to appreciate it. On Saturday, my mom and I went out to his house for dinner with my brother. I've noticed that my mom and dad seem to get along pretty well now. Where was this 5-10 years again when it would have meant more for me and would have helped me get through the divorce better?
Saturday, August 13, 2005
2 am - got home to erie, pa (aka dreary erie and the mistake on the lake) 2 hrs ago.
7 hour drive home was exhausting, but traveling 150 kph was fun but not after almost causing a multi-car crash with serious damage...got really really really really lucky nothing happened. *WHEW*
tired, sleepy...bed is calling me
Friday, August 12, 2005
Got back from Montreal at 10 last night.
Moving back to Erie today.
On the road in hopefully a half hour. 430 pm now.
San Fran/Montreal details with pics to come...
Sunday, August 07, 2005
I got into Philly 12 hrs ago. San Fran was awesome, incredible...I LOVED it. I leave for Montreal in 8 hrs. I'm so damn EXHAUSTED. I just wanna sleep right now, but I've got more laundry, ironing, and packing to do.
When I get back from Montreal, I will have details on the San Fran and Montreal trips. Just to give a sneak peak of what is to come...I got kicked out of a club last Thursday in San Fran...lol.
time to iron...
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
It's almost 4 PM. Leaving for San Francisco in a matter of minutes but just enough time to write a quick blog.
At about 11 AM, the manager brought me into the director's office. I assumed they just wanted to talk to me about some stuff...BUT....(scroll down)
They offered me full-time employment in Philly.
I receive a signing bonus if I join the firm.
I get to keep my laptop for school if I sign the letter within 6 weeks.
DAMN! It's all very tempting, but I need to think this all through. It's only the rest of my life that we're dealing with here.
Tomorrow I am visiting the KPMG office in San Francisco to meet with the staff there, and I will meet the rest of them in Montreal next week. Next hope - receive an offer from San Fran...keeping fingers crossed again.
I'm out....check ya lata :)
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Today - another easy day at the office. Obviously worked for 8 hours, but if I had worked in an efficient time manner, the work I completed in 8 hours, I could have completed in 5. But then I wouldn't have any work to do tomorrow. I need to look like I'm busy, and it looks bad if you're not doing anything. Plus the firm has to pay no matter what, whether I work slow or not. It's their fault, not mine, if they don't have work for me to do. When I've got a couple of assignments to do, I work crazy...getting everything done quickly. I also took a nap today at work...leaned back in my chair and kicked my feet up on the file cabinet under my desk...result - a lil siesta. I also wasted about a half hour browsing the internet checking google email, reading up on the six party talks, etc etc. Thinking about it, I'm about 95% sure I did this more than once.
Tomorrow I only have to work until 1:30 or so. YIPPEE!!! Then, I'm off to SAN FRANCISCO for my uni-related conference. I can't wait to go to San Fran. Everyone at work that has been there has said that the city is incredible. When I think of San Fran, I think clean, pretty safe, nice, and other positive adjectives. When I think of Philly, I think dirty, smelly, unsafe, and other negative adjectives. I'm really hoping I get to visit the KPMG office in San Fran on Thursday. I'm supposed to find out tomorrow if it's happening or not, I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Hopefully I will have the chance to relocate there if I get a full-time offer next week.
So there most liley won't be any blogging until Sunday morning when I return. But be assured, I will have plenty of details and pictures too. Peace out!
Monday, August 01, 2005
Today was an example of the kind of day of work that I love. Roll into work a lil after 8:30. Finish up some easy client work and work on some smaller easy, meaningless assignments. Take an hour and a half long lunch break and of course someone else pays. I've only had to take care of myself at most one day out of each week...gotta love it when a manager, director, or partner pays. Get back after lunch and do some work for about an hour. Leave the office at 2:30 to play golf with some co-workers when you're supposed to be working until 5:30. And, once again, the manager picks up the tab for golf - green fees and cart. LOVin' it. I wish everyday at work were like today - easy, relaxed, stress free, fun, etc. We'll see what tomorrow brings...
Name: Mark Marasco
Location: Erie, PA, USA
Occupation: Corporate b*tch