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Change is good...but not great.

 

Hey, there.   It’s me, the girl you probably hate—you know, the tall skinny blonde at the gym, the one who disses you at the water fountain?  I’m here to tell you everything you suspect about me is true:

Yes, I have an easy job making ridiculous money.

Yes, I turned the extra bedroom in my fab Atlanta condo into a closet for my designer wardrobe.

Yes, I have a personal assistant.

And yes, as a matter of fact, my gorgeous boyfriend is a doctor.

My life is beyond amazing and more than I could’ve dreamed of when I was growing up.  My mother might say I’ve “gotten above my raisin’.”  I guess that’s why I’ve become such a diva…and why a part of me has always been waiting for the other shoe to drop.

As much as you dislike women like me (rightfully so because admittedly, even I kind of hate me), you’ll be happy to know when the shoe finally dropped—Christian Louboutin, of course—it landed with a giant, life-changing crash.

I'm Della, by the way.  Della Culpepper.  And trust me—you won't want to miss my freefall into reality.



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August 23, Wednesday

AFTER A SLEW Of sucky assignments, when I’d picked up the voice message from Joon-woo to be at the Battlecoin Building this morning in smart casual business attire, I thought she was setting me up to get back at me for throwing her under the bus with Anthony.  Although, honestly, what choice did I have?  And it wasn’t as if they’d ever cross paths again.

Anyway, I had resigned myself to showing up in nice outfit only to be sent to the cafeteria.  Instead, when I reported in to Constance Hanlon, CEO of a tech-centered venture capitalist group, she shook my hand and said, “Nice to meet you, Mae.  Let’s walk and talk.”

I was several inches taller, but I fairly trotted to keep up with her as she strode through the expansive office.

“My personal assistant is out sick today.  I basically need for you to follow me  around and take notes on a laptop.  Joon-woo assured me you’d be up to the task.”

“I’ll do my best,” I said, surprised at how nervous I felt.

She went from meeting to meeting with such energy and clarity, I found myself sometimes so mesmerized by her style that I forgot to write things down.  It was clear she was a woman of great intellect, but she was also warm and she had a dry sense of humor.  But she didn’t let meetings get bogged down—she ran a tight ship.  The startups who came through her office left either smarter or richer—or both.

If I thought I would get a break for lunch, I was wrong.  She had a coffee meeting before lunch, a lunch meeting, and another coffee meeting afterward.  The afternoon was taken up with internal meetings with R&D incubators working to get more advanced startups married to the market.

Over the course of the day, the amount of money bandied about for this project or that one was staggering.  I barely had time to proof my notes between her obligations.  She was a one-woman band who didn’t stop until six-thirty.  At the end of the day, we rode down in the elevator together.

“What was your previous job, Mae?”

“Pharmaceutical sales.”

“Did you love it?”

“I was good at it.”

She smiled.  “It’s not the same thing, but it’s great when it is.”

The door opened to the first floor and I stepped off.  “Thank you for the opportunity, Ms. Hanlon.  It’s been a pleasure.”

“We’ll see each other again sometime,” she said, then added, “if we’re meant to.”

When the doors closed, I was left with one of those “what just happened?” moments.  I had vastly underrated temp work if these were the kinds of people I could have access to.  By the time I got home, I collapsed on my couch, utterly exhausted, yet strangely exhilarated.

Verdict:  Best temp job ever.  ~

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