Monthly Archives: August 2010

i did it, it’s done

For any paralegals/legal assistants, there is an opening for great job in Downtown Los Angeles!

I rounded up all my courage and gave notice last week.

I waited what seemed like ages until Boss arrived in the office.  All the while my leg was nervously tapping and my stomach hurt.  I needed it to be over.

I kept it private and short.  Told him that I enjoyed working here, that he was a great person to work for and one of the most honorable people I have ever met, which was why it was so hard to tell him.  I think he appreciated all these truths but I could tell he was getting nervous.  Heavier breathing, perhaps bit of fear of what I was about to say, a look that screamed, “What are you trying to get at?”  But me even more so.  I told him that there were some personal changes in my life over the past year causing me to reevaluate my life’s trajectory, and felt that at this time I needed to pursue some other life goals. When I got to the point where I told him that I wasn’t leaving for another 2 months and that I would be here for most, if not all, of our upcoming trial and to help with any transition, it calmed both of us.  He asked what I was going to do and I told him that I was going to do a dream of a solo trip around the world.  Boss was immediately supportive and told me how great that was, and how this was a once in a lifetime chance.  I told him that I felt it may be too…no better time than now.

In the end, it went amazingly well…after I finally got the words out.  I kind of knew it would.  Boss is great.  It was more the fear of “abandoning” him that gripped me.  Which  would explain my cracking voice and the near tears on my end???

“Behind every relationship problem is a sweaty 10-minute conversation you’ve been trying to avoid.  Do it now.” -Gay and Kathlyn Hendrick

(Thanks MP!)

Dreaming of innumerable days, gazing at the stars like this….

Photo by Howdy, I’m H. Michael Karshis on Flickr

This was shot in Joshua Tree National Park, only 2 hours from me but you get the point.

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this quote gives me courage…

You are the right person, this is the right time, you’ve paid your dues, you’re thinking the right thoughts, you’re doing the right things, and this very moment, you are exactly where you’re supposed to be… poised for the happiest time of your life.

From,

The Universe

You see, I’m planning to give notice this week…

traveler’s dilemma

Nazca Lines: Astronaut
Photo by zug55 on Flickr

Geoff from Itinerant Londoner once posed an interesting question on his post on his adventures at the Nazca Lines in Peru

Basically, he agreed to pay a price but forgot to pay part of it and no one asked him for it.   He had a moral dilemma.

Some thoughts…though perhaps unpopular…

While you should always do the right thing, I’m going to say that the tour operators were the ones taking advantage of him and even if he had held onto the money, he would have been okay.

I was at the Nazca Lines this in July 2009 and I too paid $50 per person for the flight. I thought it was expensive for a short flight, but we had been gotten off the bus at 3:30am, it was dark, we were tired, this guy was at the train station looking for tourists and was going to take us to his “office” (ended up being a hostel), had limited time, didn’t have any other offers to compare it to, and the price had been negotiated down from $75.

Only after some time in the city did we realize that some paid the $75 and one girl only paid $30 (disclaimers: she was an amazing negotiator and almost always got the lowest prices). That was a difference of $45 on one person! Imagine how much they are making off everyone every day! All the passengers got on the same flights to see about 10-12 figures, even though the people selling the flights said that cheaper flights would see fewer figures.

Nazca is pretty much a tourist town and the people who work in tourism are doing fairly well, even when tourism is down a bit. Tourist prices are almost always overpriced to begin with and the industry can make up the money on the next unsuspecting tourist. Sometimes I think that since I come from a developed country (US) and can generally afford to pay more, it’s not that bad if I get ripped off here or there. I think that’s why sometimes people overpay/overtip (I’m talking to you, fellow Statesiders) too. However, the problem is not just that we paid too much but that it only lines the pockets of those middle men and people involved in tourism. It doesn’t seem to help the people in Peru who seem really need the money and it also doesn’t help the country in general because we (developed nations) start pricing out that country’s residents and people from countries that don’t have the good fortune of have that kind of money.

I do kind of regret paying for a $50 per person for the flight, even if I don’t regret the flight itself.  I paid too much and at the same time perpetuated the cycle. It is best if I try not to overpay and I should not feel guilty if I get a good deal though in the end, your word is your word and you should have a clear conscience.  So do what is right!