Gentle Readers, I have exciting news for you. It is news I still can’t believe myself, news that every day still stuns me by its sheer existence.
To explain it, let’s go back to November: After the lovely dinner at Michael Mina’s and the night at the St. Francis that I won in Red Room’s Housewarming Contest, I received an e-mail from Ivory Madison. Would I be interested in interning at Red Room? Well, of course I was gobsmacked. Stunned beyond belief. Intern at Red Room? It’s like asking Barack Obama if he wants to live at the White House, or does Charlie really want that chocolate factory. I said I would love to intern at Red Room, and I would like to start after I moved.
I was a bit nervous about interning, to be honest. Many of my friends intern and they also become errand people. They had to get dry cleaning, get coffee, and do basic chores. I was prepared to do whatever they asked me to.
I am happy to say that I don’t have to get coffee unless I am getting a cup for myself as well. I don’t have to pick up dry cleaning, and the only chore I have to do is clean my dishes. (And so does Ivory.) I may not do my dishes on a timely basis at home, but I clean them at Red Room for sure.
A week ago Ivory approached me again: Would I like to work full time at Red Room? Again, Charlie at the Chocolate Factory. I said yes, I would love to work full time at Red Room.
Here I am! I commute every day from Lafayette to San Francisco. Red Room is in Hayes Valley, a charming neighborhood in San Francisco I wasn’t familiar with until recently. It was a shock to my system to find a neighborhood that didn’t have a Peet’s or Starbucks, but Hayes is Peet’s- and Starbucks- free. The Red Room staff, however, made me go on a field trip to Blue Bottle Coffee, a great coffee place two blocks away. I am getting to know the neighborhood and the people. Everyone has been so nice and engaging. I’ve been tempted to eat cake at the Citizen Cake restaurant, but have resisted. However, I have made runs for chocolate at the local Walgreen’s.
I am now part of the community team, working with Huntington on research projects and making sure everything on the site is going well. I’m really interested in getting our authors and members more involved with the site. If you have any ideas for great things to do on Red Room, or any questions or feedback about this community, please don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com and I will get back to you right away.
There have been some people worried about me. “Isn’t it a lot for you?” they ask. “A new place to live and a new job—aren’t you overwhelmed?” I tell them no. I’m really not. I feel like I’m in the right place at the right time. I feel like anything is possible.
It should be no surprise that one of my favorite shows growing up was The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Like many women my age, I loved it when Mary threw her hat in the air. Love was all around her. She was going to make it after all. Now I know how Mary feels. I just have to find the right hat to throw up in the air.
Causes Jennifer Gibbons Supports
Gilda's Club, Greenpeace, Rosie's Broadway Kids,Westwind Foster Family Agency, Amber Brown Fund, Linda Duncan Fund for Contra Costa Libraries