Wednesday, November 22, 2006

interesting developments

1. Dealing with losers

The reason I like hanging out with my college friends is because they are all successful. They are at the top of their careers, are financially-secure, and have hobbies outside of work/regular coffee dates. Successful friends DON’T NEED ANYTHING FROM ME. We hang out because we want to.

Unsuccessful friends adj. (uhn-suhk-ses-fuhl fr nds) – those who can’t support themselves financially, are in emotional limbo, or both – are very annoying. They do not call or email me just to say hi. They only contact me when they need help with a problem, which is every waking moment of every single day. When they invite me to dinner, (a) I have to pay, (b) we have talk about them and them alone, and (c) I end up doing them a favor, or (d) at least wasting a minimum of two hours feeding their needy egos. Like I said, they are very annoying adj. (ver-ee uh-noi-ing).

The thing with these ver-ee uh-noi-ing uhn-suhk-ses-fuhl fr nds is that they make me feel guilty. I can’t dump them/ignore them/not help them. But I’m quickly losing my patience and just want to cut them off from my life.

What should I do?

2. The empire grows

We just bought our own office space (a small commercial space in a new condominium along a major thoroughfare). It’s not much bigger than the space we are now renting, but it makes a sensible investment. We are moving in come April. We will probably stay there for two years or so, then sell for a profit.

I sound like a haughty Wall Street trader. That was my dream when I was five.

3. Downer

It’s the end of the year, which for small companies like us means the dreaded ‘accounting time.’ According to every business book I consulted, our profit after expenses is very decent for a start-up. Still, it’s smaller then I projected. My projections, of course, are skewed. My dreams are hardly ever realistic.

Sure, we’re investing, we’re expanding our product lines, we’re etc etc. It does not make sense for me to feel discouraged when the company is still in very good shape. But I AM a perennial hoarder-worrier. What I have is never enough.


Blogger bismuth said...

what we have is never enough. but you're not entirely correct about number 1. we do need you. we need each other for sanity. and i promise to cut you off when you stop making sense. kidding. here's to growing old together in some posh home for the aged. may we remember how dreadfully we think of old ladies wearing large jewelry and floral prints. and should we forget- here's to blissfuly parading our egos for all the world to see. and congrats on the real estate. this year has been bad for our health overall.

10:25 PM  
Anonymous ie said...

give them the "final" talk first. just so they know. then let them be. alone.

7:34 PM  
Blogger :..M..: said...

Hey! :(( Don't say that about people who're not (yet) financially-secure! I'm one of those people!! And I'm not needy for ego-refilling, I normally pay the whole or my half of the restraunt bill and I never take favors from other people. There are, always, exceptions to the rule.

9:31 PM  
Blogger alphafemme said...

my unsuccessful friends always ask for my suggestions for them to become successful (?) like me. unfortunately, they end up not following my suggestions. (punyeta, nagsolicit pa sila ng advise eh noh) haha too bad i cannot make both suggestions AND decisions for them. ohhhh welllll.

11:47 AM  
Blogger {illyria} said...

amen to the bad health. our bodies are testament to too many good dreams and too many hours trying to live them.

let's go out for coffee soon. tell us all about the new box.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are not trying hard enough, mussolini. if only we try harder.

9:34 PM  
Blogger mussolini said...

ie> how do you start a 'final' talk, anyway?

bismuth and illy> see you before the week ends.

m and alphafemme> we should be friends. i like both of you.

subzero> i AM trying :(

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Gena said...

I think I like your life, lol!

3:13 PM  
Blogger bismuth said...

dude, kwento na ulit.

8:39 AM  
Blogger mussolini said...

bismuth> wala ako kwento pare. busy sobra.

5:39 PM  

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