Sunday, February 27, 2011

Christchurch earthquake – where is the PwC office?

Britt and I went to New Zealand in September. I took photos of every PwC office building I saw1 — even posing, in true geek fashion, in front of the Dunedin office, as it's the southernmost PwC outpost in the world.2

On Friday, I sent the following message to my colleagues at work. The subject was "Christchurch earthquake – where is the PwC office?"

I'm sure everyone has seen the devastating pictures coming out of Christchurch by now. Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand's South Island, and the PwC is one of the tallest buildings in the middle of the central business district. If you're standing in Cathedral Square and Christchurch Cathedral is directly in front of you, the office is a few blocks to your left.

When I took this photo a few months ago, I deliberately stood back so that I could get the PwC logo in the shot. The large sculpture, called Chalice, is in the foreground. The prominent building is Christchurch Cathedral. And the tallest building in the background is the PwC office. The old fashioned logo, with the intertwined P, W, and C, is in the black rectangle on the top. It's hard to make out, but it's there. To take this photo, I had to squish up against the door of a Starbucks. Yes, Starbucks is everywhere.

I've used my incredible Microsoft Paint skills indicate the building in the picture below. I've also circled the portion of Christchurch Cathedral that has collapsed. According to the last report I read, there are still people inside the cathedral that rescue crews cannot reach.

The earthquake is a tragedy. I was about to write "an unbelievable tragedy," but it's hardly unbelievable. The actual Christchurch earthquake hit in August — a few days after Britt and I arrived. No one was killed, and damage was minimal, even though the magnitude was larger. This earthquake was technically an aftershock. Britt and I felt lots of little aftershocks in Christchurch. They felt a little bit like being on a giant boat in calm seas. I really can't imagine what this aftershock felt like. Nor can I imagine what people in Christchurch are going through now.


P.S. If you would like to help out, visit the New Zealand Red Cross.

1 This post partially explains why I photograph PwC buildings around the world.

2I have not confirmed that the Dunedin office is, indeed, the southernmost PwC office. It is entirely possible that we've set up a location in Antarctica to help penguins convert from local GAAP to IFRS.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

I've had the time of my life, and I owe it all to the Four Questions

Q. What is Dave wearing?

A. Dave is wearing a perfect replica of the Bob Mackie-designed dress Cher wore to the Oscars in 1988. There is nothing in Dave's firm's employee standards guide that explicitly prohibits this.

Q. What kind of mood is Dave in?

A. Dave is 95 percent stressed out, but 5 percent of him feels that he's starting to get back in control of things.

Q. What are the factors affecting Dave's mood?

A. It has been a hard day's night, and Dave has been working like a dog. That doesn't make sense, does it.

Q. What does the world need now?

A. Dave originally thought that the world now needed love, sweet love. However, after much market research, Dave has concluded that the world needs more Justin Bieber music. Dave should have interviewer more people outside the female tween demographic.