The next person I met with was at his desk on the trading floor, and he was too busy trading toleave, so he said, “Take a seat on the stool next to me.” Now, this was a tricky situation. First, a littlestool is a demeaning perch. You’re practically crouching next to the guy, all but asking, “May I pleaselisten to your very important phone call?” Second, I wanted the guy’s undivided attention, so he couldmake a fair judgment about me. But this guy’s attention was very divided: he was eating a sandwichand trading at the same time, and his phone lines were ringing off the hook.“All right,” he said. “Pitch me a stock.”Luckily, I’d anticipated exactly such a request, and had even formulated a thesis. So I startedpitching him NewsCorp; there was something going on with Rupert Murdoch at the time. (There’salways something going on with Murdoch.)Then the guy’s phone rang again. He held up a just-a-moment finger and took the call. Heschmoozed the client for a minute—basketball scores were discussed—then executed a trade. Finallyhe hung up.“Sorry,” he said. “Go on.”This happened several more times in the course of my pitch. I might have gotten flustered orannoyed, but I didn’t. I knew the trader wasn’t screwing around with me. This was just what the jobwas about. If I were lucky, someday I’d get to do it, too.———Four other Stanford people besides me made it through the multiple Super Days and into theinternship program. Since Stanford was on the quarter rather than the semester system, we all arrivedin New York one week late. Most of the non-Stanford interns stayed in NYU housing for the summer,but because I was arriving when I was, I wasn’t able to get a dorm room. Instead, I rented (online,sight unseen) a room from a family I’d never met, on the third floor of a brownstone on Ninety-Sixthbetween Columbus and Amsterdam. The rent was $1,000 a month, meals not included. My pay for thesummer after tax was $5,000—a very nice salary for an internship, but as I was quickly to learn,
money evaporates fast in New York City. A thousand dollars a month in rent seemed a little steep in2000, but it was the best thing I could find given the time crunch. I wasn’t sure about the idea of livingwith a family I had never met before. But, I thought, How bad could this be?My flight from San Francisco was delayed—very delayed. I was supposed to land at JFK at 10:00P.M., but I ended up getting in at 1:30 in the morning. And I was to start my internship the next day at7:00 A.M.sharp. On top of that, it was hot. Summer had definitely begun in New York: it was ninetydegrees and humid, even that late at night. I took a cab into Manhattan, got to the apartment, and rangthe bell—no answer. Called the family on the phone—no answer. Rang the bell again—nothing. Notknowing what to do, I waited outside for half an hour. Finally—it was now close to 3:00 A.M.
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