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  • Dee 6:12 am on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    74: No Seriously, I Need a New Job 

    First, I want to ask a question. How long after an interview should I wait before assuming they’re not calling me back??

    My job is driving me crazy! Between the annoying customers and impossible coworkers, not to mention the fact that I am often late due to reasons beyond my control – I feel I have good reasoning to want out. But just in case that’s not enough, here’s a few more reasons:

    1) Did I ever mention that some days I don’t get a break all day? It’s bad enough that on our incredibly slow days the most we get is a 45 minute lunch break, but on our busy days – I don’t get a break at all! And they wonder why I’m moving so slow and screwing up at the end of the day. Uh, maybe because I haven’t had any form of nourishment or a chance to give my mind a rest in about seven hours.

    2) Then there was the time they told me I was in charge of planning the work outing. I put a lot of time and effort into planning a trivia night at the local bar. I made a flyer, I made reservations, I made sure everyone knew about it, and I was told the outing was going to be mandatory. Is that why less than half of the staff showed up (even if you include me in those numbers)?

    3) I don’t know what I was expecting when they don’t even participate in their own “mandatory” events. Like our “mandatory” Thanksgiving Pot Luck event.  We were informed that we were required to bring in something for this pot luck the day before it was supposed to take place – though it was never disclosed as to what the consequences would be if we didn’t bring anything in. I foolishly assumed there would be some form of punishment and therefore went out of my way to buy brownie mix and all the ingredients. I also had to stay up late to finish baking them. When I show up the next day, imagine how shocked I was to discover that I was the only person who brought anything! I think the most annoying part was that I was promised pot luck lunch – therefore I didn’t pack anything. I had already spent more than enough money the night before, and I really didn’t want to nor did I think it was fair for me to have to buy a lunch that day. But what could I do? Bitch and moan and get nowhere like usual? That routine is starting to get old…

     
    • Jules ♂ ♪ 10:23 am on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1) Every employer I have ever worked for forces you to take at least a 30 min break after 4-5 hours of work. If they give you a hard time about taking a break send them to the Code of Federal Regulations Title 29 CFR 785.19 “Bona fide meal periods. Bona fide meal periods are not work time. Bona fide meal periods do not include coffee breaks or time for snacks. These are rest periods. The employee must be completely relieved from duty for the purposes of eating regular meals. Ordinarily 30 minutes or more is long enough for a bona fide meal period.”

      2) That sounds pretty typical. A lot of time people don’t want to spend more time than necessary at work and that includes people they work around. I know my company has the same problem when getting people together after work hours. I think this is the case because either people are too busy or people are too lazy.

      3) Wow, you must have some pretty lazy co-workers. We have events like this at least 3-4 times a year. They are normally not mandatory, but everyone tends to contribute. Actually we stop doing potluck because there was typically way too much food. Now they typically just organize the food that is brought in.

      I could probably blame all of this on a bad manager. It’s amazing the difference that having a good and bad manager make to the work environment. Having seen both in a relatively short time span, the bad on e did not last long, I can say a good manger takes care of their employees and in turn the employees are much happier and productive.

      Probably a week after an interview is normal, but I have heard back from people 3 weeks after an interview. However if it takes them 3 weeks to get back to you it might want to be a job you pass up, because it probably means there is something not quite right about the company/ position. But that’s just my opinion.

  • Dee 6:23 am on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    72: Job Search Part 2 

    On Monday I had planned out an entire post about how I was looking for a new job. I had planned on mentioning how I expected to send out tons of resumes with no response, and how annoying the whole process is. Then a couple of strange things happened…

    The first being I got a call back. The first resume I sent out was for an administrative assistant position, where I would essentially be answering phones, sending emails, running their website and crunching numbers all day. It seemed to good to be true – running a website and doing what I went to school for? I applied anyway (this was Friday), and got a call back Monday morning for an interview for yesterday (Tuesday). The interview went really well, though I have yet to hear back from them since…

    And that’s when I started thinking about all the reasons I loved the job I had. Certain coworkers, walking to work in the morning, stability. I was so excited to get out of there for all the bad reasons that I didn’t stop to think about the reasons I had stayed for as long as I had. Now I’m wondering if I’m offered this new job, should I take it? Or should I stay at the bank? I’m afraid if I do that I’ll regret not taking the opportunity while I had the chance.

    The real world kinda sucks…

     
    • T 11:16 am on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to the work force, hon….
      always a trade off, major things to consider-
      what are the options to move up at the new place?
      what are the options to move up where you are?
      how do the benefits / insurance compare?
      will this change help your career overall?

      Regards,
      T

      PS- My dare (not really a dare, I guess).
      Would like to see a full (not “the angles”) pic of you in a nice dress as if you were just about to go out to dinner.

  • Dee 7:05 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    69: Is it that obvious? 

    I’ve always considered myself pretty good at keeping my personal life personal and keeping my work life professional. (With customers, that is, I’m a little more open with my coworkers). When I’m processing transactions, there’s usually some idle chit chat, but I never get too in depth into my personal life. That’s why I was very surprised when 4 of my customers commented on my love life.

    The first was a regular who has been known to make inappropriate comments in the past. I haven’t been feeling well the past couple of days and many people have commented on how tired I look. This customer, however, asked me, “You look tired, your boyfriend been keeping you up at night, if you know what I mean?” I rolled my eyes, and just responded with “What boyfriend?” He looks back at me and says, “Oh, I see, you’re all pent up ‘cuz you ain’t getting any. You should do something about that.” Thanks, Joe.

    Then I had another regular comment on how “lonely” I always looked, and told me I needed to find myself a man to make me happy. They went on to wish me luck saying “All the good one’s are either married or gay. You’re cute, though, you might be able to find someone.” That was helpful. The third one told me she was psychic and could tell that a good man was coming into my life. Well, that sounds promising.

    Is it that obvious that I am single and have been for a while? Or at least obvious enough for three people to comment on my love life like that? I mean sure, I can be flirtatious, but it’s not like I’m desperately throwing myself at people! To be fair, the first guy did think I had a boyfriend… But also told me I needed to get laid. Win or fail?  In any case, I had no idea I was giving off such desperate and lonely vibes – (and how do I make them stop?). I wonder how credible that psychic is…

    And yes, I can count, I know I said four! The final comment was the most interesting, and so out of left field! The customer and I were talking about plans we had for the weekend, and he mentioned he had plans with his wife, and then asked me if I had any plans with mine. I responded, “With my wife?” and laughed politely. And he responded very seriously, “Yeah, you’re married to a woman, ain’t ya?” I just laughed it off and said, “No, I’m actually single and… um, straight.”

    Also, for those of you that don’t read RTBD, I’ve decided to pull a Charlie McDonnell and accept dares from readers. That’s right, we’re going to play “Dare Danni“. I’ve created a page where you can submit a dare, and even include a reason why I should choose your dare. Every so often, I will choose my favorite 5 dares and create a poll so people can vote on their favorites. Whichever gets the most votes, I will complete. Make sense? I’m not setting a limit to the number of dares, this will just be an on-going thing… or until people get sick of it. So start submitting your dares NOW! (Yes, I did copy and past this from RTBD…)

     
    • me 11:30 pm on November 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      makes me want to drink alchoholic beverages

  • Dee 10:07 am on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    65: The Impossible Coworker 

    One of the factors of making a job bearable is the people you work with, and if you read RTBD you know my customers are dreadful, so coworkers are a big deal. And I’ll admit, I genuinely get along with all of my coworkers – except for one. There is always that one coworker that is so difficult and impossible to get along with. Here’s the problem: She is one of those needy coworkers, who can’t figure out how to do things on her own.  We all have our own vault where we keep our coins and she can never figure out how to open hers. This means she has all her coins locked up all day and that she is using everybody else’s which makes us run low. She gives almost every customer all hundreds, and then runs out and comes to us to buy her own. We’ve told her many times to manage her drawer better and she says, “I manage it just fine, I don’t know what the problem is.” She always asks us to finish tasks that were assigned to her, or waits for us to do it so that she doesn’t have to. Like she was asked to look up a procedure online since she had not properly followed it earlier in the day and out of curiosity and for my own benefit I looked it up too to make sure I was doing it right as well. I looked over at her screen and she was shopping, and then when I found the procedure in question she comes up behind me and asks to look on with me because she can’t find it. It took everything for me to not say, “It’s hard to find something when you’re not looking.”

    I guess it wouldn’t bother me as much if she helped out around the office a bit more. Like at the end of the day when we’re all trying to get out of there, we need to work together to get out on time. She only takes care of her area and then leaves. Doesn’t ask the rest of us if we need help with anything, doesn’t ask if there’s anything she can do to help us get out early, just leaves. Once I asked her for help to just put something away for me because I had a lot of other stuff to get done before I went home. She said “Yeah, sure! No problem!” I come in to work the next day to find I have been written up because it had been left out. I confronted her saying, “You said you would put that away for me last night, and now I got written up for it…” She cut me off saying, “I never said I would do that. If I said I would do it then I would have done it. You never asked me to do it.” And that was that. If I pushed it more I would have gotten heated and it would have ended very badly. And this has happened on more than one occasion! She says she’ll do or has done something and it’s not done and she denies it ever saying it! How can you argue with that? I’ve proven her wrong before, but she just makes excuse after excuse. “I didn’t know that is what I was signing for,” “I thought I did it correctly,” “You should have told me how to do it properly” – anything so she is not to blame!

    I really don’t know what to do. I’m not a tattle tale, but she has thrown me under the bus a couple of times too. I want to say something, but I don’t want her to make things more difficult for me if I do. What would you do?

    P.S. Sorry about the lack of posts, it seems we’ve been having an off week this week. Hopefully we’ll get this figured out soon!

     
    • Joe 11:45 am on December 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      When I read your posts, there is a few things, which I think somebody should tell you, because you probably don’t realize:

      1. You seem to have desires for your life which your current way of life cannot support. You are not made for working in a bank.

      2. You seem to have serious problems with anger managment or emotional control. You seem to be more affected by normal events then an average person, are much more pissed PLUS not able to communicate this. You eat up the anger and release it here on the internet, where actually nobody gives a dump yout you. I really urge you to try to tell the people that you are having problems with, that you have problems with their acting. If you don’t, life will just keep screwing you.

      Still, all the best!

  • Dee 5:15 am on November 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    63: On a scale from 1-10… who fucking cares? 

    As you may know from reading “Random Thoughts by Danni” I am not a fan of rating systems. I just don’t like them. However, I have a group of guy friends who are obsessed with ratings and rankings about themselves and others. As the token “gal pal” among a group of guys, I was usually the one they turned to when they wanted a “female opinion”. It was even better when they would get into an argument in front of me and would say, “Ugh, we need a girl’s opinion on this… Hey Danni, you’re a girl!” as if they were just discovering this fact for the first time. And yes, this happened more than once, but I digress.

    There’s the obvious 1 to 10 scale… Like, “yeah, she’s totally a 10” or “she’s a 3 but I banged her anyway”. (Yes, crude, but these are just the things I heard…) I would constantly be asked, “Where do I rank on the scale?… Remember my friend Sully from the party on Friday? What would you give him?” Then there was the argument about how the four guys who shared an apartment ranked according to physical appearance, which of course fell on my shoulders.

    The one that pissed me off the most would have to be the top kisser ranking. You see, one of these guys and I had a fling, it never went very far, but we’d made out a few times. After things ended between us, I went to a bar with some of our other friends and ended up (drunkenly) making out with one of them. I of course got the whole “who’s a better kisser” spiel immediately after, and answered honestly. I later found out that this has been a long running competition between these two guys, and that they really wanted to know the truth, so guy #2 fucking used me to find out! (Guy #1 was unaware that this was the plan all along, though was excited to finally know the answer….)

    To this day, I can’t believe my guy friends took it that far… I really just don’t get it! Is it a guy thing? Or was I just hanging out with a strange group of guys?

     
    • T 12:09 pm on November 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like too much testosterone in the room. I dunno that this is “just a guy thing”. I don’t use “ratings” much myself. A girl (perhaps I should say woman here- no disrespect intended by using girl) is either hot and I like her, or not. Some more than others, but I don’t sit there ranking em in my head or even with my buddies. They are do-able or not. And everyone’s threshold is different.
      This is compounded by the fact that, if you know a person- where if you didn’t know them they might not rate, but you like them PERSONALLY so much that your would make that person an exception to your threshold. Odd as that may seem…

      However, generally speaking- we guys do like to know if we were good at kissing (or whatever the item is). It is an esteem / ego boost to know that a lady was satisfied with whatever we were doing. 🙂

      There are a few ladies I would like to know how they would rate me. But my wife wouldn’t like it 😉
      Course if I smile at a waitress my wife doesn’t like it- she’s the jealous type.

      Regards,
      T

    • nocturnalgroaner 4:51 pm on November 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m always perplexed by which girls guys find hot. I remember some of my guy friends saying they thought Maggie Gyllenhaal was disgusting looking, but I think she’s super pretty.

  • Dee 7:32 pm on October 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    60: It worked for Pam and Jim… 

    Hey there tabbers! Today I want to discuss the controversy that is interoffice romance. We always hear that interoffice relationships are bad and that they are frowned upon, but no one really ever says why.  In fact, if you Google “interoffice relationships” or “why interoffice relationships are bad” it doesn’t offer any reasoning, just tips on how to have a successful one. So what’s all the hullabaloo about?

    Pam and Jim from "The Office" - The best interoffice couple...

    The reason I bring this up, which you’ve probably guessed, is that I have a crush on one of my coworkers  – we are not in a relationship (yet…). Well to be perfectly honest, I have no idea how he feels about me, though he seems to like me well enough. In any case, I’ve mentioned my crush to a few close friends and they’ve all said to stay away with the usual “dating coworkers is bad,” but none could come up with a solid reason why. The only response I get is “It would be awkward if you guys broke up.”

    So what I’ve gathered is that it is not bad to date a coworker, only to break up with a coworker. I’m no fool, I know a break up is possible and is more likely than a happily ever after. However, should the possibility of failure be a reason not to begin a relationship? If so, then there would be no couples to begin with. As for break ups in the work place I think that really comes down to the ex-couple and their level of professionalism. If they are incapable of keeping things professional and make it awkward, then I can understand why people are opposed. However, we are both mature adults who should be able to behave ourselves if such issues should arise.

    Where do you guys stand? Should I risk it and ask him out? Would you? Any additional thoughts? Leave them in the comments!!

     
    • Jules ♂ ♪ 9:47 am on October 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think the problem lies in separating your personal life from work. When you date a co-worker you blur this line. That means things from work might make their way in to your personal relationship and things from your personal relationship may lead their way into work. Like for example, let say you’re dating this co-worker and he let slip something you tend to like do in bed to some friends at work. Well guess what, now your whole office now knows. Or lets’ say you are extremely busy on a project at work and you boyfriend/ co-worker is not. Is there resentment when you get out an hour later and you’re late for your date? Let’s say the worst case scenario that the company goes under, well now you are both out of a job, who supports who?

      It’s not that the relationship can’t be successful; it’s just that there tends to be more outside influences on the relationship than there normally would be. There is more risk to things going wrong and when they do they go really wrong. There are some advantages to dating a co-worker too, but I am not sure they out way the risk. It’s much easier to get to know the people you work with and thus it makes it easier to find someone you want to go out with, but are you willing to quit your job if things go wrong? The interoffice relationship is just extra complexity that isn’t needed.

      That being said, I know of 3 sets of co-works that have gotten married and are still happy, so it goes to show that it can work. You just have to be willing to take on the extra risk if things go wrong. If you can accept that, then I don’t see why you can’t try.

      Do me a favor, when you make your decision really sit down and think about it, this involves your life and future happiness and you don’t want to rush it. At the worse it could mean losing your job and at the best it could mean getting the love of your life. Just make sure you consider the risks before you just jump in head first.

      • Roy 3:28 pm on October 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        As I sit here in thwe airport, awaiting my flight, I had planned on writing out a well-thought-out reply to this, but I can see that Jules has beaten me to it and written essentially the EXACT thing that I was going to write.

        Exceptions to the rule only serve to make the rule stronger. Just because a few people have managed to make it out of an inter-office relationship unscathed does not negate the thousands of others who have irreversably altered their lives because of one. If this job means little to you, then by all means… jump right in. But if you value this job, then avoid it at all costs.

        “Happily ever afters” are EXTREMELY rare, even under normal circumstances. And as you get into lower and lower percentage relationships, they become as fabled as unicorns. “Love” is something that advertisers use to sell perfume, not something that happens on a regular basis, don’t bet everything you own on it happening right off the bat.

        • dannifoley 5:37 pm on October 28, 2010 Permalink

          Thanks for the advice guys! This is definitely not something I would just jump into, I would want to take some time to feel things out. It’s funny because I am currently looking into transferring to a different branch for reasons completely unrelated to this. Maybe I should just wait it out until I transfer, just in case 😛

    • Pete 1:14 pm on October 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you do decide to go on a date, make it very clear that you’re worried/concerned/aware of (delete as appropriate) the issue. Even if he isn’t feeling the same way, you can get it sorted without it being an issue down the line.

      If that means that you decide not to go any further than that date, no harm done and hopefully you get have a nice evening out!

  • Dee 9:14 am on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cheap, cheap bastard, chivalry, , , girls don't pay, guys vs. girls, I found Nemo, inconsiderate, scrooge, sushi   

    57: The Sushi Situation 

    Tanya’s most recent post made me think of an experience I had earlier this year. I don’t think theres anything more annoying than people who are too inconsiderate or too ignorant to tip, but there are other things that drive me crazy about being on the other side – eating out with friends. There’s always that one friend who doesn’t want to split the bill evenly and only wants to pay for what they ate, or the one who orders tons of expensive drinks and then wants to split the bill evenly, or the people who forget to bring cash and stick you with the bill and never pay you back. All of which a very frustrating, but nothing drove me crazier than when I went out for sushi with my friend Mike.

    I have this habit of ordering a little extra food when I go out to eat, that way I can bring some home for later, save me from cooking for another meal. This time was no different, I ordered two sushi rolls and vegetable tempura with rice. I figured I’d bring most of the tempura and rice home, and just enjoy the sushi while it was fresh. Mike ordered some sushi combo plate which worked out to be cheaper than what I got, but at the time I didn’t even think about it since I was getting two meals for just a little bit more. I have no idea how, but Mike must have hoovered his entire meal, because his plate was clean after a few minutes and I was still picking at my tempura.

    That’s when he asked, “Are you going to finish that?” and I answered honestly saying I was planning on bringing it home. Then he asked if he could try it, which I thought was a bit odd considering he didn’t offer me anything he ordered, but I wasn’t going to say no – I figured he’d just try a piece or two. I ran to the bathroom and when I came back he had eaten almost all of the tempura, and certainly more than half of it. I made some comment like “seems like you liked it” but didn’t make a fuss about it.

    That is until the bill came; he put down enough money for what he ordered, not even including tip. I said to him, “Oh I thought we were splitting the tempura? I mean you ate your fair share of it.” I thought this was fair considering the situation, and I didn’t say it rudely or anything. He responded, “No, I didn’t order the tempura, why would I pay for it?” I explained to him again that he ate more than half of the order and he denied it claiming he only ate a few bites and that it was preposterous that I ask for money for it. I gave

    up because I didn’t want to fight over it or cause a scene, but I thought this was the most ridiculous thing I’d ever encountered! In the past I’ve had guy friends pay for my entire meal or my movie ticket just because of chivalry, and I would always make it up to them somehow. Not like that, I mean if I was going over their place to hang out I’d bring something or I’d have them over for dinner. But never had I encountered someone so stingy that they wouldn’t even split something that they ate most of. I still don’t understand his train of thought. Unless he honestly thought he ate a few bites, then he must be delusional, but it would explain the situation a little. However, he didn’t even leave a tip which leads me to believe he is just a cheap bastard.

    I figured I had no way to make up my losses, so whenever he asked me to go grab a meal with him after this incident I would always make sure we ate at the dining hall. Prepaid meals where I could always grab more if he ate mine 😛 I guess he also told his roommate about the situation, and his roommate took my side because he knew how Mike could be. He was nice enough to have me over for pizza one night and said, “Girls don’t pay in this apartment,” and made Mike pay 50/50 with him. I thought that was very sweet of him, especially since they used to make Mike’s ex pay her fair share.

    What do you guys think? Was I right/wrong to ask him to split the price of the tempura? Would you have paid?

     
    • djtbs1 9:41 am on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I woulda paid a fair share. Mike sounds like a cheap bastard. I know someone just like him…. 😦

      T

    • Jules ♂ ♪ 10:50 am on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Normally we ask for separate checks when we go out with friends. However, in the case that it’s not worth separating the check, it’s always a fight over who gets to pay the bill. Normally after we are done eating it’s the first person to make it to our server. Most times the server is literally getting credit cards thrown at them.

      The thing I hate is when someone tells the waitress beforehand that they are picking up the check, because then I won’t order what I want if it’s too expensive. I think most people feel this way, which is why we wait until after everyone is done before we try to pick up the check. I also have one simple rule that I use, if I pick the restaurant, then I pay. It seems only fair, because I tend to like places that are pricy.

      The thing I hate is when someone tells the waitress before hand that they are picking up the check, because then I won’t order what I want if it’s too expensive.

      • danniissoawesomelike 5:20 pm on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, my friends and I get separate checks a lot too. But in this case the tempura would have ended up on my bill still even though he ate most of it…

    • 10loladahl 12:59 pm on October 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How… Odd.
      Just like you said, my situations have always been the other way: there’s always another person (and when I say person, I mean a guy) who offers to pay for the whole thing… Then there is the friendly fight of “oh, no… really… Let me pay my half”. Never, ever something like that have happened to me.
      I think you know you’re right :*

  • Dee 8:41 am on October 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Buffy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Colonial, , , Glee, Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter, Joss Whedon, musicals, The Chosen One, The Slayer   

    56: Superstar and a Vampire Hunter?? 

    Hey tabbers! Now as you may have figured out by now, I am quite the fan of musicals. I love Glee, I work at a musical theater, etc. I am also a fan of Sci-Fi, especially anything by Joss Whedon like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. A few days ago I was browsing my Netflix suggestions and Jesus Christ Superstar popped up because I like musicals or what have you. I gave it a decent rating and then moved on with my life. I had completely forgotten about it until I went on today and this was in my suggestions:

    Really, Hollywood? I mean, honestly… Who was the person who decided, “You know, Jesus Christ can already perform miracles, but he’s really lacking in the amazing department. We should have him kill vampires!!” Really? Or maybe people started forgetting about him and he was becoming a nobody, so they needed to change his image to make him relevant again. That must be it…

    I must admit, the idea made me laugh a little, but I started cracking up at the tag line: “The first testament says, “An eye for any eye.” The second testament says, “Love thy neighbor.” The third testament… KICK ASS!!!” This is one of the worst tag lines I’ve ever seen, but it’s so bad that it actually becomes good again. Not a clever sort of good, but entertaining.

    So that just really tickled my fancy. Also, I’m very excited to announce that we were mentioned on another blog:

    This can be found at: http://youeithergetitoryoudont.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2713&start=390

     
    • Jules ♂ ♪ 11:00 am on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I really hope you know of “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” then. Joss Whedon + Musical =
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Horrible's_Sing-Along_Blog

      • danniissoawesomelike 5:22 pm on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        OMG, I ❤ Dr. Horrible! NPH and Nathan Fillion are my heroes so this movie is as awesome as they come!!

    • Roy 5:02 am on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Its especially creepy if you consider that, by definition, Jesus WAS a zombie! He “rose from the dead”, so technically… He was a member of the undead. Was he hunting himself?

  • Dee 8:04 am on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 80's, 80's music, Colonial Theater, Constantine, Constantine Maroulis, Don't Stop Believin', Hold on to that feelin', Journey, Rock of Ages, Theater, Theater District   

    53: My Brush With Fame 

    So, I have been very busy lately because my second job has been open and I’ve been working that more than usual. I feel I should clarify – I work in the Theater District, and we get the touring casts of Broadway shows. However, when we don’t have any of the shows in, well, I’m really not needed. But when there’s a tour coming through, the theater is “open” and I am able to work there again. Make sense?

    In any case, we’re open now with a little show called “Rock of Ages”. If you’ve heard of it, then you probably know it’s starring American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis. He plays Drew, just a city boy born and raised in south Detroit… I think you see where this one’s going. In any case, I was watching the show opening night from the orchestra (for non-theater-goers, this is essentially the same floor as the stage) and little did I know the Constantine had an entrance through the audience. I heard the door behind me lightly open and close, so I turned around in case it was a patron in need of assistance. When I looked up, who was standing there but Constantine!! I nearly melted… Anyway, we made eye contact (did I mention he’s much cuter in person?) and I mustered up a weak little, “hey”. He smiled, and then winked at me and then ran up on stage for his entrance. It was magical.

    For tour dates or more information regarding the show please visit their website: Rock of Ages – Hold On To That Feelin’

     
  • Dee 9:14 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    49: The Tardiness Analysis 

    Hey Tabbers! I got to go into work late today which is why you get to see an earlier post this week. And with my new job I’ve been thinking about tardiness a lot. You see, my philosophy has always been “If you’re early, you’re on time; if you’re on time, you’re late and late is unacceptable.” Of course there are exceptions to every rule, emergency situations and such, but generally this is a rule I live by.

    This is where work comes in. You see, I’m expected to be punched in at work at 8:00 a.m. on the dot, so I arrive at work by 7:45, 7:55 at the very latest. That should give me enough time to change my shoes and punch in – no problems there, right? That should be the case. However, since I work at a bank, I can’t just stroll in

    A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to."

    in the morning – there’s an entire safety procedure that takes about 7 minutes to complete before I can even enter the building. To make matters worse, there are only a select number of coworkers who are able to perform this procedure (I am not one of them).

    Ok, now if everybody lived by my rule, we would be able to get in at about 7:52, that gives us 8 minutes to before we have to punch in… But oh wait! I’m the only one who lives by this rule! My coworkers all arrive at about 7:57, which means I can’t even enter the building until 8:04, and am therefore late by default. Then our managers wonder why we’re late for the 8:10 meeting every morning…

    I have brought this to my bosses attention, but it doesn’t seem to change anything. I have considered showing up later, when the rest of my coworkers do, but I can’t bring myself to do it. I don’t care so much about having to wait to get in, only that I am then getting in trouble for being late by the very people that made me late in the first place. Talk about a Catch 22.

     
    • Mr Str8 Fwd 10:04 am on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Is it bad that I knew the quote before I read it?

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