Thursday, October 7, 2010

Work trumps play every time

Imagine the scene: It's a warm afternoon in early October in Rome. Two girlfriends are walking through the Forum, and then the Palantine slowly in the gentle afternoon sun. Softly talking about Augustus and Livia - and the magnificence of the palaces that once were.

But it's not that simple. One's blackberry just keeps on buzzing. Beth, a corporate litigation partner at Wilson Sonsini, apologizes and says someone keeps contacting her and she needs to check. She checks. And then says she has to go back to the hotel to work on an urgent memo.

I ask "is it a client, or a partner?", and it turns out it is a partner who needs a piece of work completed that has been promised to a client- it just can't wait. Damn. We should learn to leave our smartphones behind; if we don't have them we cannot be contacted.

But that is the life we chose to live.

We hot foot down the curved steps of from the Palantine to Via di San Gregorio, flag down a cab in experienced New York style, zoom back to the hotel and separate until she's off the hook and done. Life on vacation as high powered silicon valley women - success comes at a price.


Juxtaposition of modern (1911 Victor Emmanuel monument), 1635 Santi Luce e Martina and the Curia, originally built in 52BC (but reconstructed after fire several times). Only in Rome do you find this depth of time in such close proximity.

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