Monday, April 28, 2008

Industrial Beauty

Industrial, originally uploaded by Melsky.

I was struck by the symmetry and coolness of this electrical thingy by a factory. Don't those things on the top look like owls? This is pretty close to my house.

Spring Lilacs

Spring Lilacs, originally uploaded by Melsky.

I think spring is here, though we are supposed to have cold weather and frost this week.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Hanging Streetlights and Signs

Hanging Streetlights and Signs, originally uploaded by Melsky.

This is Syracuse University. I'm glad they kept the green space, benches and pathway in front of this grand building instead of turning it into a parking lot.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Clinton and Walton Streets

Clinton and Walton Streets, originally uploaded by Melsky.

I like the jumble of buildings here!

Downtown is in between where I live and work, and my husband works there. I end up going there a lot to work out at the YMCA and to pick up my husband from work. I enjoy walking around, especially now that trees are blooming.

Not that many people live in Downtown Syracuse. The housing there is a strange mix of ultra expensive Armory Square loft apartments (1200 buck or so, that's expensive for Syracuse!) and the senior apartments above the YMCA. The retail and restaurants are similar, dollar stores, discount clothing stores and greasy spoons contrast with the fine dining, fancy clubs and posh yet arty dress shops of Armory Square.

I would like to see more people living downtown, and more variety of retail downtown. It's the easiest place in Syracuse to live without a car, as it's the bus hub. Nearly every route passes through downtown. There are so many beautiful old buildings that are under utilized.

They are building a new condo/retail/office development right across from the old armory. On one hand it's cool that they are building more housing, though I think it's going to be quite expensive. On the other hand, it's weird to see a new building going up in an area with so many great old buildings waiting to be loved again.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Red and Green House

Red and Green House, originally uploaded by Melsky.

On Burnet Ave in the Hawley Green Area. I love the color combination on this house, it always catches my eye as I go by it.

I haven't been posting here much. The big thing is I'm working full time. Sadly, I hate my job. It sounded so much like it would be a great job for me but it's just not been. I'm not doing what I thought I would be and I'm micromanaged to a painful degree.

It's seasonal so I'm trying to decide if I should try to tough it out and wait until the end of the summer or just go now. It would be such a relief to not have to go there. I've had many jobs in my life but I've never had one where the clock stands still and time just drags. It's so hard to feel happy when I spend such a big chunk of my day doing things I hate in a place I don't like.

It is frustrating because I was very determined to do good in this job. It's my first full time job in a long time. I'm not working with computers at all and I do a lot of repetitive tasks like writing the same thing over and over again on a form. Every job has boring stuff but I'm used to being given a list of tasks to complete and not being micromanaged. I get bored writing the same phrase over and over again on 100 pieces of paper and it's hard to concentrate.

Anyway, I hope to have a new job soon. I would really like to work in downtown Syracuse and hopefully I will.