Form before content: Over the weekend, I threw out a random reference to "seven paragraphs" potentially lost to the comments-gobbler during Corporette's tech update, in which I imagined Ellen had tried to tell us what happened over the holiday with MP. After I was reassured that she'd decided to wait until Monday morning, we get this! Seven exactly, on the assigned topic, with two likely being throwaway's (er, more so than all Ellen paragraphs) just to satisfy my projection. Thank you? Or, ha? Or, I'm just too good at predicteing your behavior?
On to content: Who's "they" in P. 3? Harold live's just around the corner from Ellen in Manhattan and thus can't live near MP on LI--unless he's moved back in with his Dad (MP's brother, remember) in order to further his balding process, or perhaps complete the regressive bachelor-pad ambiance if MP's most recent sister-in-law has flown the coop.
Finally, and most concerning, doesn't Ellen's guaranteed minimum salary as a partner sound terrible? The last time I tried to calculate Ellen's salary it was already rather low for an associate of her seniority, I thought, though perhaps understandable at such a silly firm. Nonetheless it was almost $100k higher than this would be. I get that this is just an unconditional baseline, with all the partnership benefits stacking up on top, but still, how is it acceptable?