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Thursday, March 30, 2021

Well, I’ve been on break for long enough. It’s time to reenter the workforce — what the hell.

So this Monday, I’ll be doing just that. I’m heading into a for-real office to do some for-real payroll work.

More than anything, I’m glad to just be occupied. It’s been great moving back to New York, and exploring/reacquainting myself with the area. But I’ve found that long-term idleness is actually quite draining. There’s only so much nothing you can pack into a day; after a while, it’s mind-numbingly boring.

The money will be good — I’m not broke, but the cash reserve is certainly decreasing — but it’ll be better just to get out of the house and be productive. The only downside: Having to wear a shirt and tie regularly, for the first time in years (I’d gotten well-accustomed to Florida’s all-week business casual garb). Oh, and I guess having to shave every day will be something of a drag; but discipline!

No need to divulge too much just yet, because it’s technically a temporary assignment, currently slated for three months. But the interview went so well — they hired me next day, bypassing other candidates — that they’re already talking about putting me in the permanent rotation. Even if that doesn’t work out, I can keep looking for other gigs in the meantime.

I will say this: It’s not in publishing. It is in corporate marketing and Internet media. And it looks to keep my wordsmithing ways really busy for the next several weeks. I should be able to squeeze in the usual amount of blogging at the same time.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 03/30/2006 11:11:36 PM
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Tuesday, March 14, 2021

Ever have one of those mornings that just seems to drag?

Of course you have. Odds are, you’re having one right now, or else you wouldn’t be reading this.

For some reason, this morning’s 60-minute span from 10AM to 11AM couldn’t have passed by any slower than it did for me. Now, it’s not even noon yet, and I already feel like I’ve exhausted myself through the entire day.

Perhaps making things worse, I had three mugfuls of tea this morning. I can’t remember the last time I downed that much caffeine in so short a period. It’s giving me a charge, but it’s nervous energy — enough to get me slightly jittery, but not enough to do anything particularly productive. (I suspect the one cup of black currant might have knocked me off-balance.)

I think I need to get a job. (Now I know I’m off-kilter.)

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 03/14/2006 11:51:42 AM
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Wednesday, February 22, 2021

I thought sure I had jotted at least a couple of posts in this space about how lousy I feel when I’m sick. But amazingly, I could find only one, and it’s really not as whiney as I’d expect.

Maybe I did more of that on the old blog; I’m too drained to check. Or maybe the amount of grousing and complaining I do offline never makes it onto the Web — I guess I feel that blogging about being out of sorts and congested smacks of self-indulgence. Then again, I’m doing it now, so…

Anyway, I’m guzzling orange juice and popping Cold-Eeze zinc drops like there’s no tomorrow. As long as I haven’t unwittingly contracted that dreaded bird flu, I’m hoping this virus scrams by the end of the week.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/22/2006 08:48:38 AM
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Minutes ago, I reflexively flipped on the television. In the few seconds before the picture came up, the audio greeted me with this statement:

“I can’t sleep, and I have a rash on my toochis!”

Despite my not having those symptoms, I marvel at this instance of the media and the moment colliding in so satisfying a way.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/22/2006 08:32:35 AM
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Wednesday, January 11, 2021

Riddle me this, Phone-Man:

Why is it that when I’m stationary — at home or at a desk — my phone can go hours on end completely inert, never ringing or vibrating; but when I’m out and about, it pulls in 5 or 6 calls?

Compounding that: I usually have to let most of those calls go to voicemail. Meaning I have to call back, and the call-back time is typically not optimal for the other party — probably because they, too, are then in motion. So then they have to call me back, yet again.

The most vicious of circles. Just email me instead, okay?

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/11/2021 05:13:34 PM
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Monday, January 09, 2021

I don’t know why, but last night just seemed to drag interminably.

It was nothing special, just a quiet nothing night at home. But I distinctly remember watching the clock and trying to will the time to reach midnight. I can’t remember the last time I felt that way; usually, the day and night tends to fly by all too quickly, regardless of what I’m doing (or not doing).

Maybe the fact that Saturday night stretched into the early hours made the next night seem unduly slower by comparison. I need to refine my social gear-shifting abilities.

Anyway, the night wasn’t a total loss. I chanced upon a showing of The Dreamers on some movie channel. I hadn’t seen it since it came out in theaters a couple of years ago; I stayed up to watch all but the very end.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 01/09/2021 09:17:11 AM
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Wednesday, January 04, 2021

Looks like last summer’s idea of eliminating the third year of law school is gaining steam: A study from the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research concludes that the first two years are where the meat is.

Among the survey’s chapters: The First Year: “They Scare You to Death”; The Second Year: “They Work You to Death”; The Last Year: “They Bore You to Death.”

By keeping your eyes on the prize, you can tolerate being scared and worked into submission. But bored? Pass on that.

When I first commented on this idea back in August, two impressions were that this advocated less education for would-be lawyers. Naturally, unleashing less-qualified attorneys on the world would be a disaster.

I think the intent, rather, is to have them continue their learning outside the classroom, akin to a medical residency. That would give students a jumpstart on their careers, provide practical workplace experience, and cut down on the student debt.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/04/2021 01:55:28 PM
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Friday, December 23, 2021

What a way to spend a Friday night: Wrapping Christmas presents. Unfortunately, even though this cold I’ve got is subsiding, it’s still taken enough out of me today to keep me at home tonight. At least there’s a slew of hockey games on tonight…

Besides, it was obviously now or never, or near enough, as far as finally getting those gifts wrapped. I’d finished buying them, and the wrapping material, days ago; they were getting to be a pending chore, mainly because I’m not particularly adept at giftwrapping, and so I was avoiding it.

Funny thing is, I managed to do it without a hitch. No mis-cut paper, no awkward taping, nothing. It was a breeze. Maybe I should catch a cold every year around giftwrapping time.

Still, if I had my preference, I’d be spraying on the wrap.

- Costa Tsiokos, Fri 12/23/2005 09:23:37 PM
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