Wednesday, March 07, 2007

It's Gonna Take Some Getting Used To, Mate!

How long does it take for someone like me to get used to the idea of making a life out of running around, meeting people who don't look as if they are thrilled to see me. Probably not very long. Give me a few more days I reckon I'd get used to this whole idea of explaining to these young executives with flashy laptops the logistics of moving an equipment from Point A to Point C by way of Point B so that people at Point D can install it in time before people at Point G start to make noise and pull out of the whole deal, which is going to make a lot of people at Point E very unhappy. All because someone in Point B fails to understand the simple concept that in this industry you don't take a look at your watch at the end of a long day so you can have a pint or two with a couple of guys talking about things best left to politicians.
How long does it take for Aunt Su to learn how to use the cellphone? Almost half a day and she's been calling me nearly every hour to say, hello, hang tang mana? Maybe it is not such a hot idea to get her the phone in the first place but I thought it was a pretty harmless piece of technology compared with a laptop so she could learn to Skype. Maybe I should have got her a scooter. Ha ha.
I am beginning to wonder whether I really need an office since I seldom spend more than two hours there, rushing from one appointment to another from morning to late at night. I am typing this at Starbucks in Subang, enjoying my 12th latte for the day that I begin to wonder whether this stuff is really good for me. This whole image of a guy my age drinking coffee at a joint like this, working on a laptop, isn't my idea of what business should be. But I reckon this being the new age and all, I really have to get used to the idea of coffee, laptop, 501s, cotton shirt, Rockport shoes and belts by Greg Norman. You don't see young people dressed this way so I must be that old guy trying to catch up with the world.

9 Comments:

Blogger tokasid said...

Salam to Bergen.

Well its really annoying and frustrating to be 'juggled'like that and running around the city to just because someone decided to make a simple task difficult.But I guess thats how they make bussiness nowadays.You have to be busy so people know you are really busy working.

Hope you will be able to adjust to this kind of life.

Maybe you should teach Aunt Su how to sms.That won't disturb you meetings with corporate wannabes.

12:54 AM  
Blogger k.d said...

Well Mr.Bergen, juggling things are the way of life now. Whether you're a business man or a homemaker or a working mother. There are just not enough hours of the day to do things nowadays. Everything needed to be done yesterday.

Why are we rushing through life when it is so short I wonder?

3:47 AM  
Blogger NJ said...

Salam Bro Bergen,

Well, all the moving around will help keep us forever young (at heart, anyway!). Stay cool bro, but don’t drink too much coffee.

10:26 PM  
Blogger dee3 said...

this sentence left me grinning:
'You don't see young people dressed this way so I must be that old guy trying to catch up with the world.'

well sir, you're lovable regardless what u wear :) hope everything turns out alright

3:01 PM  
Blogger Ibu said...

Mr bergen, what you described is what i call a luxury. The illusion that 'business' must be done from within four walls, preferably one of them with a glass that let you have a picture perfect view of the KLCC - is long gone, done & over with.

If you see one boyish looking man but with lots of grey hair busy as a bee working & squinting his eyes over his notebook in one of those joints, he could be my hubby. Surviving the day with a cup or two of cafe latte, sometimes just mineral water, clicking his time away, busy making money for himself & his family (hopefully...).

How I envy people like you and him.

9:53 PM  
Anonymous noni said...

eh Berg... if u hafta get used to wearing cotton shirts... what were u wearing b4?... nylon ka? spandex ka? tak miang ka?

11:21 AM  
Blogger NBB said...

Aunt Su is a fast learner. I bet if she watch the Venezuelan soap opera few times, she should know how to speak Spanish.

12:18 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

To everyone who dropped by, thank you very much. I am running from one place to another chasing people, or running from people, ha ha.

You have a nice day now, y'hear?

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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8:08 PM  

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