10 Ways of knowing you are a New Yorker

It dawned on me that I had adjusted to life in NY after I realized one of these below. It is such a pleasure to live in NY. I enjoyed living in Chicago but NY has so much more culture and opportunities. In addition it really gives you an experience of open-mindedness and freedom.

10 Ways of knowing you are a New Yorker

New York Central Park

  1. You think the cab drivers are too slow in traffic.
  2. People ask you where the tourist sites are- and you know.
  3. Nothing in the subway surprises you anymore.
  4. You have less money to spend every year because your rent goes up.
  5. You want to see more of the culture but lack the money to do so.
  6. You start to learn words from other cultures because you live and work with other cultures closely.
  7. You see frequent identical things without looking for them. Like the same cars next to each other, or people wearing the same clothing.
  8. You don’t want more stuff, you want less stuff because you have no place to put it.
  9. Good food is always a good memory and anytime is a good time to eat.
  10. You have jobs that you could have never had where you came from. You are needed in many places because of your knowledge and experience.

Broken Vendor promises-Cisco

I have used lots of Cisco equipment in my previous jobs. They have been a mixed bag. Some things lasted a long time, and others were useless the day they were installed and didn’t change. This is one of those times.

A company I worked with had spent tens of thousands of dollars on Cisco equipment in an effort to improve their infrastructure. Cisco promised them that it would work with the addition of some software. Great. The company after buying and installing the product then found out that the software was in beta. Oops! It took months for it to come out of beta status. Then the software of the product they bought was “experimental” and not supported. So they upgraded their software hoping it would work. Guess what? It did not work.

So when you have broken vendor promises at the start of any project, then is the time to cancel the project. When someone can break a promise, they will do it again, as Cisco continued to do. Just do this and it will work-nope. It is better to recognize your mistake and back out, then try to make a bad situation work.

Now for the company, myself and everyone involved Cisco has a black eye, and I felt compelled to write this to share and warn you as well. When a company has bad service there are real consequences and I have no problem showing the company those consequences. If I had owned the company that equipment would have been returned the moment they first admitted a problem.

So what can you do if you are stuck and you can’t return equipment? You just tell the vendor and whomever you bought it again that you won’t do business with them again. I know I won’t, and eventually karma does catch up.