now of course, it woulda been way cooler if i could've amended my "i'm in san diego" post [where'd it go, anyway?] with "i got the job," but unfortunately, that job didn't pan out. instead, i got offered the job working with the joe millionaire guy i've been temping for, and i took it. it's kinda bittersweet. i mean, i was really holding out for the big-deal writing gig, and instead, i'm gonna be a secretary. but at this point in my life, i had to look at the reality of my sitch, and the reality is i need a steady paycheck and some medical benefits. so secretary it is. the upside: extremely easy commute, pretty good pay considering i have no idea how to be a secretary, he's away quite frequently, and i'm told that if you really work your tail off, joe m. rewards you by matching your salary come x-mas bonus-time. i'll have to wait a year for that, but in the meantime i'm doing what i can to get good at what i need to get good at. the downside: no lunch hour, work runs 8:30am-6:30pm, i gotta do bogus things like get his laundry and water his plants at home, the work itself is not really brain-expanding, and joey m. is something of a turd. we've gotten past the "show me some respect" talk, but he really is incredibly anal and narcissistic. almost enough to get a DSM-III write-up. still, i'm grateful that he's giving me a chance, and i'm gonna do the right thing by him and do a good job. i have to learn excel and powerpoint immediately, and get better at word. probably wouldn't hurt to learn some html either. so anyhow, just wanted to share the news. with any luck, i'll hang onto this job for a while, then look for writing work again when the market opens up more. who knows? maybe i'll get really good and decide to stay here forever. i mean, advertising definitely has not shown itself to be a steady and reliable career choice. now i can actually do a little x-mas shopping!