In reference to Mathew Yglesias’s post about times changing in our hood, I was surprised to see him mention the woman who was working at the 7-11 last night. Matthew & I ran into eachother at Kingpin last night because our mutual friend Joanne was in town and near the end of the night I left the bar to get a bite to eat at Ben’s Chili Bowl and on the way back to the bar I went inside the 7-11. As I was buying that pack of death sticks, I couldn’t help but think that it was odd for this pimpled, white woman to be working the graveyard shift . Now its not the first time I’ve seen a white person working there, I’ve just never seen a white woman working there at night. 95% of the time I go there its usually Ethiopian women who are running the store, but last night was a first, and honestly I’m proud of her. Makes me think though, many many moons ago, my father was a 7-11 employee (damn I wish I had that vintage uniform!) so I’ve got to respect this woman’s career path.
Lastly, I’ve got to give Matthew props for mentioning my recent GIS! I think more people saw it today than ever before, which definitely points to cool. After working the graveyard shift myself a few years ago, I know how that lifestyle goes, but unlike my father & the woman last night, my career path now is advancing the exact same thought that his post brings about….spatial, or more specific, geographical, because we are all at some place in our lives for a reason, and its really up to us to figure out why and where we are going to go next. I know where I’m going first, and that is to bed.