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June 8, 2000

I started my internship on May 15th and I am currently at the office.  I decided to take a little break from writing abstracts for the company's news archive to write a little something in my journal.

Work is interesting and pretty relaxing.  The only truly stressful component is the drive from Princeton to Mountainside.  The company is located on the second worst highway ranked in the US - Route 22.  

Here's something that I found a little while ago while I was surfing te web doing some research for the company.

The Final Inspection

The policeman stood and faced his God,
which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining
just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No Lord I guess I ain't.
Because those who carry badges
can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough.
And sometimes I've been violent
because the streets are awful tough.
But I never took a penny
that wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime
when the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
among the people here.
They never wanted me around
except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
it needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
but if you don't...I'll understand."
There was silence all around the throne
where the saints had often trod,
as the policeman waited quietly
For the judgement of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman.
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on heaven's streets.
You've done your time in hell."
{Author Unknown}

June 9, 2000

It is almost time to leave the office, but I decided to linger a little.

Right now I'm working on archive news articles for my company's web site.  The past two days, I only wrote 26 abstracts.  I feel slightly unproductive.  It is just so discouraging to see stacks of hard copies that I have to read and write little blurbs on.

I'm very excited over the prospects of writing weekly articles to sum up opinions and issues presented on our discussion boards.

Hmm.  Boring entry.  Maybe I'll come up with something more interesting tomorrow.

June 15, 2000

It is 9:20, I'm sitting at my desk with a whole bunch of abstracts to do, I have a bagel in front of me, and I see my Law and Economics notebook.  My exam is at 6:15 pm.  I'm hungry, I'm stressed, and I'm still a little tired because I didn't have any caffine yet.

Shoot me.

(Later, during lunch)
I beat Humberto at chess today!!!  Yay!!  It only took somewhere around 30 losses to finally win one game against my teacher, but whatever.  A win is still a win.

(Severely Later)
; (   I don't want to take this exam!!!  Poops.  

June 16, 2000

There are just some mornings when the only thing you can do is sit back and laugh.  This is one of those mornings.

I woke up late, and I had to run out of the house right after I finished dressing.  Without a drink of water or a bite to eat, I was in a hurry to get on Route 1.

I made incredible time on Route 1, and I thought that I would be able to get to work on time despite my late awakening.  I was incredibly wrong.

By accident, I missed the Parkway entrance off Route 1, so I decided to use the entrance that is down Woodbridge Center Drive.  Unfortunately, all Parkway entrances off that road are south bound, and I did not know this.  I followed the signs for the Parkway that did not specify which direction it was heading, and when I finally got on the Parkway, I realized the terrible mistake.

Keeping calm, I figured no problem.  Although I was somewhat panicking because I was on a bridge and crossing over a large body of water, I tried to laugh off the tears that were forming.  So, in attempts to keep calm, I planned to get off at the first exit and make a U turn.  Haha, I was just kidding myself.

The next exit came after the toll, which was 22 miles away.  Oh, and did I mention that I did not have exact change?

Coming up to the toll, I (of course) fall into the wrong lane.  The exact change lane.  Unable to turn back because a relatively long line has already formed behind me, I paid a $.35 with $.15.  So I got off at the first exit and found the way to the north bound side of the Parkway.  

I thought my problems were over.  Again ... just kidding!  I knew I had to pay another toll, so I kept my eyes peeled for the big red sign that says cash receipts.  I thought everything was going to be ok, but I found myself under the cash receipt lane ... looking at a cone.  Severe traffic was behind me, so my only option is to go to the left lane ... which required exact change.

I fed this one $.02.

The Garden State Parkway will now probably hunt me down and stick my with a $50 charge for not paying $.70.

Shoot me.

June 29, 2000

I filled out an application for a Victoria's Secret charge card the other day, and I was approved.  So I have a temporary card in my wallet now.

A few weeks ago I signed up for Victoria's Secret e-mail.  It informs interested consumers on the latest products and sales.

Today I got an e-mail for their clearance sale.  

I clicked, I saw ... and I found myself NEEDING many things.

Five minutes later, I was $110.87 poorer.

Store charges and e-commerce ... very dangerous.

June 30, 2000

Today, Diane had set up a surprise office party for Humberto since Sunday will be his B-day.  We had mint chocolate chip ice cream cake and pizza.  He was very surprised and very happy.

But now I am bored and not wanting to be productive.  I feel as though I need to hang upside down on one of the walls.

I can't handle sitting in front of a computer for 7.5 hours a day.