Monday, October 25, 2010

typical story

It goes like this: my group decides to go out to lunch. Everyone puts on their jackets (and scarves, now) and heads downstairs. While we wait in the lobby for everyone to gather, I realize that in our 10-person circle I'm once again the only girl; mostly, I realize this during lunch time because I never notice how short I am compared to the rest of them until we're all standing up and not sitting at our cubicles any more. I also notice because lunch time is when everyone starts talking about Dave Chapelle, and suddenly the conversation is totally lost on me.

The strange thing is, banking isn't hugely gender-imbalanced anymore. There are plenty of females in the field - just not in FIG (financial institutions, which is the sector I cover). There are also plenty of Asians in banking - again, just not in FIG. It's very strange.

Anyway, I've started making a mental list of recurring conversation topics which I can contribute exactly zero to:

- Dave Chapelle (as previously mentioned)
- Baseball
- Having a wife
- Sharktopus
- Fishing
- Fox News anchors

Thursday, September 30, 2010

first ever m&a deal

Tells you something about how bad the markets have been that I haven't worked on a single (successful) M&A deal since starting over a year ago.

But my first one announced over night (after business close in Japan). Sometime when I am not late for work I will relay the more amusing anecdotes that came out of it.

But yay!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Quora Community Party

Bumping party last night for the Quora community.

Great venue, well-stocked open bar, awesome people.
A somewhat meager but nevertheless fun attempt at a dance floor.
Lots of tech dudes but a surprisingly good turnout from the ladies too.
Only one awkward attempt at a pick-up! ("looking for a smart and nerdy girl who likes science"... gee thanks)

I seem to have lost my ability to write in complete sentences, so pardon my fragments :)

Monday, August 30, 2010

a five minute analysis of nyc

- Infinite number of good brunch places, feeding my infinite love for brunch
- Walking proximity of most of the places where I spend my time...even if it's sometimes a long walk
- All girls dress well
- Central Park
- Free museums!

Least favorites:
- Overpriced groceries
- Multi-hour lines for any remotely popular event
- Trash bags lined up on the curb at night

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

hi from the delinquent one

I am here to report that the ranks of my lovely startup have swelled to 13, and very excitingly that includes a second female engineer! My life has gotten, oh, maybe 10x better since she showed up.

Friday, August 20, 2010

friday nights

Friday nights used to be the night to go out. I remember during training, and in fact for the first six months I lived in NYC, how psyched everyone was when Friday finally came around. The first-year population counted down the hours from 9am until 9pm on Friday, when they could change into short dresses and bring out the cross-over purses, and head out for a night on the town.

I'm not sure when that ended - maybe when winter rolled around - but by now I can't even remember the last time I really went OUT on a Friday. These days Fridays are no longer the beginning of the weekend, but are the end of a week - a time to relax and unwind after a long five days. Typical activities = burgers in the park, a beer or two at a bar, a walk through half the city. No more clubs, dressing up, staying out late. A few hours of conversation with good friends, and that's about it. No one is ashamed to call it an early night on Fridays.

I think I like that.

ps. someone poke Tracy and tell her to post :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

the day after vacation

At least 3 people came up to me today and asked, "Don't you feel depressed being back at the office after being away for a week?"

Depressed? Not really. The worst day was last Friday, when I was relaxing at home just thinking about how much work I had to catch up on and how I'd have to hit the ground running again come Monday at 8:30am. That was depressing. But once I got back here it wasn't so bad. I kind of forget already what vacation was like.

Everyone is pretty grumpy in the office right now though. I think the lack of summer is starting to catch up...summers are supposed to be relatively light work-wise, but this summer has been a doozy.