Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Head in the clouds
Aside from Cardiff and New York, I have been a permanent resident of another place: Emmaworld.
In Emmaworld, everything is sunshiny happy and unicorns frolic on rainbows made of marshmallow. There are no rules, aside from permanent positivity. Emmaworld-population: 1
In Emmaworld the move to the New York was going to be a film script. Not a sachharin rom com, but an upbeat Indie with a few minor challenges for the characters to overcome. In the end everything is cool. Turns out in the real world everything is not cool, which is good I guess, because it's must mean it's not the end.
I have recently taken forced leave of absence from Emmaworld in order to reside in the real world. In Emmaworld I have a super super spanky job and strut around in perfect buttery beige vintage boots grabbing Manhattan by the bollocks and yelling Sancerre orders at waiters after a long day conquering at large.
In Realworld I am in tracksuit bottoms on the sofa of my pricey Manhattan Storage unit-come-apartment, eating Cheerios from the box while jabbing refresh on my emails like a woman possessed. I tune into the painful sound of no phones ringing. Me and several other million Americans in the great job hunt.
Oh and I'm networking.
Oh yeah... Feel my pain. Networking. I am a Brit and more than that a down to earth Cardiff girl. I have to talk bullshit to people I don't know for work? It makes me feel a little dirty. They don't even call it bullshit here. They call it "B.S." America is so busy with the actual bullshit they don't even have time to say the word.
And then there's people not always laughing at my jokes. The reaction after I said something seemingly witty and spontaneous at a recent event went like this:
Networky person: *Silence, quizzical look*
Me: *Silence, refusing to qualify joke*
Networky person: *Silence, while working out if I'm serious or not*
Tumbleweed blows through the room.
Networky person: *Longer pause* "Oh my god you're like... soooo funny!
Which (as my Brit friend pointed out) roughly translated means:
"Oh my god, you're like... soooo inappropriate!"
Ticket back to Emmaworld please? Or at least Cardiff...