Perspective is Everything

I've been so boring that this is a picture from last spring!

I haven’t posted much in a while.

I think commencing my search for my next job (and the career change I hope to make with that next job) led me to stop treating my time off as a glorious gift that I should take full advantage of, as I stopped doing lots of things I was enjoying.

Anyway, I’m over that now.  Besides, I can’t go back to work until I finish building that ship in a bottle…


Top Secret Evil Lair Selected


I'd ride this escalator all day whilst cackling madly.


I’ve often considered what sort of top secret lair I’d have if I were a supervillian, doesn’t everyone?

Today, Central Park’s Belvedere Castle was usurped by this… escalator to Earth’s core, discovered at London’s Museum of Natural History.

It’s all part of the Visions of Earth Exhibit. Feel free to check it out, but I called first dibs! It’s an ideal lair. I could easily see the enemy approaching, via the escalator, of course, and it’s conveniently located next to the snack bar. Happiness!

Off the Leash

I've always loved this cartoon. The sentiment rings so true.

I was recently advised by my new-ish manager that he would like my role relocated to New York.

As I’m not ready to leave London yet, I left my office yesterday with a severance package and the sort of joy that comes with not having an office blackberry about to ring at any given time.

It’s been a long time since I haven’t had a job. The last time was at the end of 2001, following massive post September 11th cuts at my Firm. I remember being shattered by the news. I had loved my job and had only recently begun my career.  It took me nearly a year and much of savings at the time before I found another job.

This time, the circumstance is a bit different. I’ve been considering a career path change for quite some time, only the next step has been one I’ve yet to determine. While the last days at work felt strange and sad, I was thrilled at the prospect of a bit of time off and a fresh start.

All those things I’ve said I’ll do when I have a bit more time are actually an option now, from the practical (a CV building, week long immersion French course) to the more frivolous (building a model of the Cutty Sark in a bottle). I’m looking forward to all of it!

Daiwa Katsu Day!

Diawa London

It is entirely possible that I’m the only one who wonders if the food is better at the subsidized cafeterias of other investment banks. If not, please feel free to read on.

Getting In

While out a few weeks ago, a friend raved about the chicken katsu curry available in the Daiwa Bank Cafeteria.
Of course I had to ask if I could drop by and have the Daiwa Katsu experience, and he kindly said yes.

Daiwa Katsu Day was scheduled, marked on the calendar, and after much anticipation, arrived today.

I arrived at Daiwa’s offices on King William Street, right in time to snap the picture above.

The Famed Katsu!

After signing in and obtaining a visitor’s pass, it was time to feast…and feast we did!

For starters, while their cafeteria is tiny, this chicken katsu was huge. The rice was sticky, the chicken’s coating was crunchy, and I chowed my way right into a food coma that I might not have emerged from were it not for the walk back to my office.

As office food goes, this is totally an A+.

ありがとうございます Daiwa!

My Fake Sun

Sweet Go Lite

So, winter has been dragging along here, and as I’ve been without Passport, leaving for sunnier places hasn’t been an option.

To indulge a sun-deprived tangent…
I think a lot of people think that a UK winter is sunless because it is constantly raining here, but this is untrue! The culprit is latitude.

For example, today, 22 February:
London 51°30′N
Day length: 10h27m 3s Sunrise/ Set: 7:01, 17:28

New York 40°47′N
Day length: 10h58m41s Sunrise/Set: 6:40, 17:39

Now, I know what all you New Yorkers are thinking… it’s just as dark in NYC!

Today, yes, but what about two months ago?
Let’s look at 21 December, the shortest day of the year:
London: 7h 49m 41s with sunset at 15:53
New York: 9h 15m 04s with sunset at 16:31

Now do you feel a shred of pity?
Lights out before four is rough, especially when it’s colder than rainier than usual.

Enter My Fake Sun, aka Philips goLITE, which I purchased 2 weeks ago, in a desperate moment. I decided it was far less expensive than the holidays I wasn’t taking, and the reviews it received on Amazon were extremely good.

My blue lit breakfast

Does it work?

I think it does. I wouldn’t say I feel happier, but getting out of bed in the morning is much less challenging. I noticed a difference within 5 days of use. Whether it works or not, I definitely like sitting near it.

The GoLite/FakeSun also works as an alarm clock, so rather than waking up to the cruel song my Blackberry plays (Calypso, if you wanted to know), I can wake up to the eerie blue glow of My Fake Sun and an audible alert.

I often eat my breakfast with it on, and I’ve found that the twigs I eat for breakfast look even less appealing in blue light. I suppose I can only expect so much.

**Day Length, Sunrise, & Sunset sourced from