Monday, March 3, 2008

Interoffice Mail

It's about 4 pm, and I'm at work, with nothing to do. This is a frequent occurrence. A few of you know that I'm in an unusual situation vis a vis work. My company was acquired last year and is shutting down at the end of this year. I'm one of a small group of people who have "enhanced severance", essentially a stay bonus. So while my workload has dwindled to nearly nothing, and I'm bored witless, I need to stay until the end. Some days I'm busy, some days are like today, when blogging and commenting are the only things I have to do. (Some of you are going to need to post more frequently. 3 times daily would be ideal.)


This is not a complaint. Sitting in an office with nothing to do can be miserable, but there are far worse things. If my workload was what it was a year ago, I don't think I'd even have thought of starting a blog, and school would be more complicated, too (when I'm not blogging or working, I'm studying).


While I'm sitting here, a few comments to a few coworkers:


1. A, B, C, D, and E: Turn off the cell phones. We all have phones on our desks. If your argument is that you must have your phone on in case someone in your family needs to reach you, I will refer you again to the phone on your desk. Private extension and everything! Special note to D: Choose something other than "Hey Ya" for your ringtone or that phone is going to end up in a place which was not designed to accomodate it.


2. A: Your belief that your dog is capable of noticing and commenting on slight changes in your home is utterly charming. Really though, if you've moved a framed print from one wall to the other, and he happens to bark, those two events are entirely unrelated. He's just barking. Because he's a dog.

29 comments:

Sauntering Soul said...

Are you sure you don't work where I work? Last week I sat at my desk from 9:30 until 6:00 all five days (I only have to work 37.5 hours thank goodness). I am not making it up when I tell you I did approximately 30 minutes of work. For the entire 5 days.

I have time to blog each day, but my brain is asleep most of the time and I can't come up with anything good.

Sauntering Soul said...

P.S. All I've done today is add a header on the second page of a letter (ie. "page 2") and emailed it. Oh wait, that's not all....I printed a Fed Ex label to stick on a box for my boss' wife. I'm way overworked here.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

That whole working thing is highly overrated. Unless of course you are into the shelter and food thing.

3carnations said...

Regarding the cell phone...I always keep mine on at work. While daycare does have my work number, if they need to reach me urgently, I would just as soon they be able to reach me on the first number they dial rather than have to waste time trying multiple numbers. My cell phone rings at work maybe once a month at the most, and it doesn't really affect anyone. It's just a different ring.

CDP said...

SS--I did 30 minutes worth of payroll paperwork, wrote a letter and fedexed it, and wrote a memo. That was it.

Dr. M--I know,and I am into the whole bourgeois "eating" and "remaining warm and dry" thing.

3carn--I don't mind so much when it's a regular ring. But I have 5 people in very close proximity who all have different ringtones. The "Hey Ya" person's phone rings very frequently.

Spartacus said...

CDP - Wow. And I thought I had a lot of time on my hands. Hey! Hang in there. Enhanced severance means you're still getting paid -- even if it's to do nothing. Oh..and tell D that his dog thinks he's certifiable -- he called me on my cell yesterday to tell me.

CDP said...

Blogger telepathy! I just finished commenting on your blog!

BeckEye said...

I used to work with this guy who had the Mission Impossible theme as his ringtone, and as if that weren't annoying enough, he would always answer really loudly, "YELLOOO!" Arrrgh.

There's a guy who works in my office now who has a Tarzan ringtone. And he's never anywhere near his phone when it goes off, so all day long I'm subjected to "oooooooh-aaah-ooooo-ooohhh!" If elephants stampede this office one day, we all know whose fault it will be.

dguzman said...

Oh man, I have been where you are, company sold and shut down sllooowwwllllyyyy. Spider Solitaire and I became great friends. On the positive side, it beats being out there on the streets looking for a job.

Reminds me of Techno-Disco-Ring guy in the next cubey. Thank god he's out of town this week.

CDP said...

BeckEye--and if there's an Andre 3000 attack here, we'll also know who's responsible.

Dguzman--I haven't been ensnared in the solitaire web yet, since blogging has me firmly in it's clutches.

Worker Mommy said...

Aah, boredom at work ...is there anything worse. It's one thing to be bored at home but at work you're imprisoned.

Thank the lawd almighty for the blogosphere. I'm hopeful that my workload will slow down soon so I can oblige you with the frequency in posting. ;)

WendyB said...

Who's to say he's not a rare breed of interior decorating dog?

CDP said...

WM--thank you. Again, 3 times daily is ideal.

Wendy B--who indeed? You make an excellent point, one which I had not considered.

The Guv'ner said...

Ha! Yes. Cell phones at work. I never got that either. Turn that fucker off or risk it being inserted someplace unpleasant, like you mentioned. At least have it on "vibrate". You see at some point you will leave your desk briefly to do something and it would be a shame if your phone "accidentally" ended up on the floor stomped on.

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

I've been pretty lucky at work so far that most of us are quite busy and don't have time for idle chatter. I don't know anything thing about any of my coworkers pets and I'm keeping my fingers crossed we can keep it that way.

Think of it like you are now a paid blogger. That would be pretty cool.

CDP said...

Guv'ner--yes, that would be a shame, wouldn't it? Hmmmm

Lady--Excellent! That is exactly what I will do!

DCup said...

Um. You and I are doing that parallel universe thing again. I have too much work to do, but I still post at least once a day (and I didn't say it was good post, just post). I guess that means I'm not doing my work or something.

One of these days, someone is going to try to call me on my cellphone while I'm not at my desk because I'm "working" from home, and leave me voice mail telling me that I'm fired.

Then I'll reach your 3 post minimum. I promise!

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