Few times in life does one get to walk through a set of revolving doors, approach an attractive young woman behind a desk and say, “Good morning, my name’s Mr. New Guy, and I start work today on the 10th floor.”
I’m not going to lie, my preparation for this day didn’t involve much. I watched three episodes of The Office, and eight of Mad Men. I had feared that this might not be enough to prepare me for the highly provocative and often outrageous world of investment accountancy, but here I am. In one piece. Without the loss of my morals, or my dignity.
But there’s always the week to come for that.
Having been at the office for so short a time, I can’t really comment on what I think of it. I look forward to going in on Monday morning, so there’s that. But I think it’ll be at least a few more months, perhaps a year before I know if this is the right place for me. But then again, I’ve always said that anything is what you make of it. So there’s that.
I can tell you what I think of London though. It’s definitely made an impression on me. Probably best to illustrate with an anecdote.
Location: Random market near Paddington Station
TNG: “Excuse me, could I buy an apple please?”
Old Lady looks up at me, wiping her nose on a tissue.
TNG: “If, your open…”
Old Lady: “You know very well I can’t do that!”
Old Lady: “You know very well I can’t do that!!”
TNG: “Um.. okay.. no sorry I didn’t know very well, I’m not from around here.”
Old Lady: “Do you have a pound?!”
TNG: “It’s okay, I’ll go somewhere else.”
Old Lady: “Do you have a pound?!!”
TNG: “That’s quite alright, I’ll just go to that Tesco Express right there that’s trying to put you out of business.”
I proceed to the supermarket, but figure there has to be a vendor here somewhere that wants my business, so go to the one literally on the curb outside Tesco. Guy sells me an apple no trouble. I thank him for the apple, and his niceness.
I walk down the street finding a place to sit, wash my delicious looking breakfast, and take a bite. Rotten.
I love this city already!
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