Culture Shock

Well, it had to end sometime. The delightful two-month break occasioned by the infinitely avoidable death (wilful murder, more like) of PubSub has come to an end, and I find myself back in harness, this time for a large software company in midtown. I like my new coworkers – they are bright and friendly – and the work seems interesting, but I do have to say it is a bit of a jolt to be back in shoes and long pants, and to exchange the slow rhythm of the tides for the screeching chaos of Manhattan. This new outfit is also by far the most corporate environment in which I have ever found myself (having spent the first decades of my adult life in recording studios, followed by five years of small startups), and I feel like Tarzan in a dinner jacket. But with two kids in college, there are bills to pay, so we adapt.

My biggest worry is having no time for reading, writing, quiet contemplation, and unhurried, healthful exercise; I think spending the summer as a “gentleman of leisure” spoiled me no end. But I’m not complaining, appearances to the contrary – I am well aware how very lucky I was to have that much-needed break, and as my dear mum used to say, the only real peace in this world is on the other side of the churchyard gate. So for now, with freedom out of reach, it’s farewell to the beach, and back into the breach.


  1. Jon says

    Good Luck in the new job.

    The real question is wether or not you are bringing the juke or some form of it the new company?


    Posted September 6, 2006 at 12:31 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Hi Jon, and thanks!

    No, I’m afraid this is not that sort of place, sad to say. I’d love to blast some Pixies just to shake things up, but I think the “at-will-employment” clause would swiftly be invoked…


    Posted September 6, 2006 at 12:42 pm | Permalink
  3. Bob Koepp says

    Hi Malcolm –
    I’ll second Jon’s offer of congratulations (a variant in this case of condelences…). I know what it’s like to move from blue jeans and sandals into a button down world, and it can take some adjustment.

    Posted September 6, 2006 at 3:57 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Thanks Bob,

    It can indeed! But we do what we must. I’m lucky to have the opportunity.

    Posted September 9, 2006 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

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