In response to my post about being bored at work, someone posted the Rosen article "Your Blog or Mine" about Washingtonienne...like my blog is even nearly as spicy as Washingtonienne's...not even close!!! And I'm not on the Hill anymore, so my life isn't as gossipy and I'm not as noticeable. The Hill is the most bizarre frat because it has all the qualities of a frat plus gossip, naked ambition, pretentiousness, extreme sucking up, stepping on anyone you can, politics, wonkiness and dorkiness all mixed in. It's much harder to remain unnoticed and anonymous outside of that environment. And at this point, I try to avoid it as much as possible. I used to be in love with the Hill, but seriously the competitiveness and the fratiness just were to much for me. I'd rather be somewhere where my hard work, and not "who you know" or "who you are sleeping with" is valued.
Another difference - Washintonienne told her friends about the blog. I haven't told the vast majority of my friends. What if I want to gossip about them?
I also don't gossip about work. I wanted to when I started this blog, and then I read the whole Washingtonienne thing, and I've worked WAY too hard to get fired. Sure there are plenty of tidbits I'd like to chat about, the comments I've heard from Congressmen, gossip about federal agency leaders, etc. But, I'd be shooting myself in the foot to be to descriptive about work. And probably violating all those documents they made me sign about confidentiality during most of my jobs since much of that information I learned during my job. Unlike Washingtonienne, I am extremely ambitious, and being a Playboy centerfield is not my idea of ambition or having a career. Sure she has money now, but at what price? I plan on making money the good old-fashioned way - working my butt off to get into elite schools and then getting a high paying job at an elite firm.
Some similarities in personalities though. We were both in gifted programs as children and have very high IQs. I do have a steady boyfriend that I love but sometimes feel "bored" with, even though I can't rationally explain it. Because like Jessica, I am bored constantly. I am also attracted to men with power and money. I also enjoy money. I never had it growing up; one of the most awful moments in my life was when I was beat up and pushed into the mud (down a muddy hill actually) in junior high because I only had one pair of old hand me down jeans that I wore all the time, and it feels great to be able to buy stuff and have several pairs of jeans in my closet (although of course only one pair fits well).
Like Jessica, I have left, and once been asked to leave, a menial job. It's hard for intelligent people with high IQs to answer phones all day. I know you have to work your way to the top, but I worked throughout college (30-45 hours a week) and earned good grades, and I thought that it would get me above 20k or a legislative correspondent job on the Hill at least. And I too was frustrated after college, where I earned honors from a top school, to only find low level, low paying jobs where I was treated like a secretary, even though that was not my job title or in the job description (which was much more policy and legislatively focused). Unlike Jessica, even though I had interned several times on the Hill and for several Members I couldn't get an entry level staff position. I was "too qualified" for staff assistant and "not qualified enough" for "legislative assistant." And so on it went until I decided to quit and go to school again. I think I would have been a great staff
er. I get "A"s (which is like top 5-20% depending on the prof) in all my legislation and administrative law classes because I'm good at it.
Anyway, this article too is a great source of Washingtonienne gossip -