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Friday, January 29, 2010

Bits of Good News

1) Ian has a job! After nearly six months of searching in this dismal job market, Ian has landed a job testing remote control devices built for the construction industry. He starts Monday. We are both relieved, as this takes quite a bit of financial pressure off. Ian was worried that he would have to pack it up and move back to Utah. I think if we agreed to only eat spaghetti and ramen noodles, we could have both survived on my student loans, but he was doubtful. I remember a time when I ate the last bit of food in my fridge -- a jar of maraschino cherries -- for dinner, because I only made $300 a month, and I had wasted that money on things like rent, bills, and jars of maraschino cherries. So I think we could have made it on my $1,000 per month budget easily. But luckily it doesn't look like we have to do that now.

2) I finally found a good place to buy business-appropriate clothing: Banana Republic. I have always been able to find good business slacks at less expensive stores -- Express and The Limited both make nice fitting, good quality business pants. But finding business shirts is harder for some reason. After coming up empty in canvassing the mall last weekend, I finally realized that sometimes you get what you pay for, so I broke down and explored Banana Republic. I usually avoid stores that charge more than $30 per shirt, but it seems that $60 per shirt is more likely to afford you nice fabrics with decent tailoring and no loose threads. It's better to buy something that's going to last more than a few washes, anyway. Worth the investment.

3) I am considering doing a study abroad program in Munich, Germany this summer. The program is focused on intellectual property, and includes one month of classes, followed by an optional second month of an internship. The internship would especially be good for my resume. But it would also give me a chance to return to Germany and refresh my German skills -- it has been six years since I have been in Germany! I have also never seen southern Germany, which is what most people think of when they think of German culture. You know, lederhosen, huge steins of beer, glockenspiels, etc. I love northern Germany, but I want to see the south too. This would be a good opportunity to feed my travel bug while also giving me some IP experience and some resume fodder for my job search next summer. It would probably also be easier to get into this program than to actually find a job this summer, since the market is poor, especially for 1Ls who have mediocre grades.

4) In other news, Peet's Coffee & Tea makes the most delicious chai lattes I have ever had.

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Ben Sloan said...

Oh, the joys of maraschino cherries.

I have a hard time convincing myself to pay 12 dollars a shirt. But, then, I work at walmart, so I overdress by not wearing overalls. If I was into lawyerin', I'd probably do the same thing. Though I'd wear suspenders to put my thumbs through.

That Germany program sounds pretty awesome. Two months in Germany, AND a point for the resume? Sounds good to me.

Chai seems like something that differs a LOT from place to place.

B.R. said...

-Congrats. The internship in Germany sounds like a good idea. Bayern is a great area. You will undoubtedly enjoy.
-Peet's Coffee & Tea is awesome. I used to contend that they were better than Sbux but since there aren't any Peet's stores in Ohio, I'm back at Sbux. They do make good drinks and I wish I were in the Northwest so I could get me a chai.
-I've always found Banana Republic to be a better store than most. I prefer JCrew and I privilege Ben Sherman mostly because their clothes last a long time. Yes, you pay 100 bucks for an item but it lasts and lasts and lasts. I always go for quality over quantity and since I like to travel light, I'd rather pay more for an item that will go for years than pay for sth trendy that dies in a matter of weeks. Some of BR styles are quite well-informed, I find. And they do make good dressy shirts for women. Enjoy.

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