Baltimoron in DC
When You Get Caught Between Charm City and Chocolate City


It’s ironic how telecommunications’ firms always have the worst internal communications. It’s a problem at every firm I’ve ever worked for, to some extent, but the telecoms are the worst. Bizarre, really – an entire industry built on getting people to talk, and yet, the industry can’t talk with itself.

So, as Jules in Pulp Fiction would say “Example,” I shall give one: assumption of knowledge. Every telecom starts your training with a lesson on the sheer basics of a phone network – switches, cables, phones – and then, when it comes to their own proprietary software and internal policies, you are to magically understand everything they say and do. Possibly through some sort of subconscious osmosis, or maybe through repeated trial, error, and yelling sessions.

But, with my first week back in the corporate world coming to a close, a new paycheck on the way, an old friend from a previous company coming to work here next week, and, perhaps most important, a week closer to health benefits again, my mind is obsessed with two thoughts…

1) Who am I going to draft in fantasy football tonight?


2) Man I hope I do well in the Bravo sitcom writing contest.

One thing corporate life is reminding me is how much of a love/hate relationship I have with it. I hate conformity, dress codes, cubicles, acceptable use policies – my artsy side rebels at such nonsense anyway. But, there is a rather significant part of me that rather enjoys dressing in a nice shirt, tie and shoe combo, having a fast internet connection at work, and mall food courts. Hate malls, love food courts.

I love contradiction. Sometimes.

But, this I have to admit – this place has potential.


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