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Aural History |Catching up with Poesy plus Polemics

Aural History

"South Street Seaport" Photo by Frank Romeo From fineartamerica.com

“South Street Seaport”
Photo by Frank Romeo
From fineartamerica.com

iron-rimmed wheels

    drawn by iron-shod hooves

gave a clattering cadence

    reverbing dull bells

ringing atonal peals

    along ill-masoned lanes

of Belgian block cobbles

    and dredged

Venice

    stones

bilge-pitted from urine

    of a hundred stout lads

crude ballast unshipped

for a nickel a ton

from heart-of-oak vessels

    of mercantile Brits

singing Cockney crew lingo

    with cargo commands

over heaps dropped in nets

    upon creaking tarred wharves

Schermerhorn Dutch

    gave out guttural barks

to the breaking breeze humming

    through neatly reefed yards

slung up high-crossed on masts

    overtowering docks

where a nautical polyglot

    spilled its cacophony

up and down gangplanks East

    Indiamen hove in place

with great bangs and hard crashes

    that echoed across the wide

swift running current dividing

Manhattan

    from

Brooklynfrom my forty-floored glass

    looking down on the seaport

when sail-masted schooners

    or frigates would moor

all the sounds of the centuries

    rose up to reach me

transporting me back to

    that wild newborn world

of rapscallion romance

    and mean edged adventure

where men grunted glory

    for merely surviving

another new day

    all the time feeling wistful

that I had been born

    too long after my time

(Note to readers: the glass tower in the photo was the location of my office)

via Aural History | Poesy plus Polemics.

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Welcome to a new friend: nystartupceo | Second Chances

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I’m a female startup CEO in Manhattan and this is my diary.

Second Chances

I just hired 2 people back after they left my company and wanted their jobs back. After lots of thinking and consulting with my mentors and colleagues I decided to give 2 people a second chance. Most people I consulted didn’t agree with this decision. Both employees left my company http://www.BedroomFurnitureDiscounts.com on good terms and wanted their jobs back after their other opportunities didn’t pan out as they expected. We’ll see if I made the right decision.

The job market right now in the United States is not great. That’s a shame but also a reality check for people who think the grass is always greener. The culture at my company is not laissez-fare and everyone is expected to work extremely hard and take on new challenges every day. It’s not for everyone but all the strongest members of our team are still here.

I believe everyone deserves a second chance. We all make mistakes. I’ve made my share and have failed miserably on my first try many times. Just some examples include: my bar exam, my SATs, the first time I tried to ski, dance, love, or pretty much anything I’ve ever done.

I believe in giving everyone a 2nd chance. No third chances and no fourth ones. Just one 2nd chance. For me, this one chance has been the difference between success and failure and I wish everyone great success.

Do you think I made the right decision?

via nystartupceo | Second Chances.

People’s court! Is any publicity good publicity?

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A few months ago we decided to give a job to someone with a checkered past. A few months after we hired him he threatened someone at work and called a co-worker a moron to a client. We never had anyone do anything remotely close to this and we parted ways. A few days later the ex-employee threatened to sue but couldn’t get an attorney to take his case. The ex-employee ended up filing it in small claims court representing himself.

Lawsuits filed in NY small claims court are public record. The People’s Court TV show searches the public record for what they think will make good stories on tv. They contacted me to appear on their show. They will decide the case live. If we win, we get $250 and if we lose we don’t pay anything, the People’s Court pays the plaintiff. Some people say any publicity is good publicity. I’m not sure about that but I believe this case is cut and dry.

I’m a bit physically afraid of this ex-employee but the People’s Court assures me they have good security and we won’t be in the same room for most of the time. I am pretty good at keeping my cool under even the most extraordinary circumstances. What should I do?

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