Monday, June 16, 2014

RBOC: Notes from the Bosstown job hunt

  • Hi, guys!  I'm in Bosstown now!  (See photo of downtown Bosstown.)
  • Bosstown seems to run on meetings.  Meetings in order to set up more meetings.  Which pave the way for even more meetings.  At some point in this seemingly endless feedback loop, a job materializes for the job seeker.  Everyone here swears to me that it is ultimately a matter of acquiring a sufficiently large circle of acquaintances who know me personally that one of them will realize that zi has a job I'd be perfect for.  The whole thing feels distinctly like the Underpants Gnomes business model:
  • Fuck me, new wardrobes are expensive.  Here in Bosstown, people dress a lot more formally than in any university I've ever heard of, and that goes double for interview attire. 
  • On the plus side, I've got some nice shirts now, and some killer ties to go with my new suits.  I also have a beautiful pair of business-dress shoes.
  • On the down side, the stupid screen door where I'm staying has already scraped my left shoe a few times.  No doubt about it: I'm hard on footwear.
  • We can put a man on the moon, but we can't develop truly tropical-weight wool for business suits?  WTF?  It's in the goddamn 90s already; it just isn't right.
  • Still, the clothes are fun.  How do you like today's ensemble?  (I know, it's not quite my best angle.)


  1. Looks good! I like the blue tie patterned against the yellow.

  2. Ugh, wearing a suit in Bosstown should have been outlawed in the Geneva Convention. Banana Republic makes a pretty good tropical wool suit, and linen could be an option, too. I have a nice grey tropical wool from BR that I bought 5 years ago, and it still looks great, feels comfy, and fits perfectly. They're running a sale now online, too, if you're curious!

  3. Aha --- I knew there was a cosmic significance to me starting the HoC series today!

    And don't you have a white seersucker suit left over from your previous VAP? Your Nudie suit?

    Good luck and keep your chin up!

    1. I managed to suppress the urge to buy the white seersucker throughout my time at Ghosttown U. And good heavens, seersucker has NOTHING to do with Nudie suits! (I don't own one of those, either.) Despite the discomfort, there are some sartorial options that I just cannot make myself try.

    2. Well you blogged about getting both, although in different posts...