Between two cars

October 3, 2006

Seeing photos of a abandoned Soviet city today felt nostalgic, the past I have been racing away from making itself known again. It’s not the place I once remembered (that has changed into what it is now), more just the general athmosphere, the feeling of something that has completely faded away. I remembered that I grew up in that feeling, living and breathing it. This is kind of what it would be like had I been the last person to leave forever, dust, chairs and motivational posters of my childhood.

I’ve met a school girl a couple of days ago, she was 15. She was born after the Iron Curtain came down and has no feelings associated with it. I think I could feel like that sometimes – everything is moving so fast, I’m living day to day and have no relative idea of how far behind things are. How fast I’m moving.

The today has to get stuck between yesterday and tomorrow to get me to take notice. A few days ago I was getting ready for work and realised my clothes are a collection of expensive ties and jackets and faded worn out t-shirts and jeans. My laptop is worth more than my car. Over the last two years I’ve changed the things around me, and maybe I’ve changed myself too. Don’t really want to think about it. A time slice of now will probably fade, and if history is anything to go by, I’ll likely forget it and move to being someone new again.



August 1, 2006

And not quite so today. The last month flew by with faint recollection of what happened, as everything sped up to collide into one long blur. Last two two months this has been happening – everything busy, chaotic and insanely fast. Planning my time far into next week mostly, although sometimes not busy and having days to fill.

I wonder if adding different time zones into the mix would make it more fun?

An idiotic thing happened today (so people say) that taught me something. I guess it could be the importance of connections, networks, knowing the right person picking up the phone type deal.

An insurance company rep convinced the court that nobody is responsible for the accident his client had in crashing into car, parked on the side of the road. Reverse common sense situation, although these are borderline admirable results – the insurance company probably even has a job position for the guy to solely attend the dispute hearings. He gets the connections with the key players, who all have intrinsic agendas, and some form of outcome can be massaged around to move things along. Bending comes to mind…This is not a fun job I would imagine.

So, firstly I didn’t know anyone here. Lesson 1: Learn the people with connections, then alternative flows of process can follow. Perhaps an IT system designed with a textbox for direct bribe input are ahead in the future? It would surely improve effeciency.

Lesson 2: (in the mood for lessons) It’s better not to get into arguments. The course of play that ends in an argument could be avoided, and the path changed before the wall hits the floor. I have doubts with this one though, it’s sometimes better to make an argument and a loud noise (watch out for the quiet rooms)

I’ll remember this for future situations and negotiations, no point making the same mistakes twice. Maybe I should have got the media involved and made a PR nightmare for the insurance company? Not that I can (maybe someday, not just yet). I’m not sure I should be glad it’s over, although I doubt I’ll continue pressing this further and learn my lessons from what’s happened so far.