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Thursday, 3 April 2008

Twisted knickers...


There was this blog that everyone got their knickers in a knot over yesterday. What was it about? Well, it was to do with a lady called Zelda who had an opinion on e-books. As expected all the e-book writers flocked over there to tell her she was wrong. Some were quite emotional, others scathing and some defensive. Well done Zelda. You can’t buy publicity like that. Did I put a comment? Sure. I said Good blog, excellent opinion. Why? Because I love people who nail their colours to the mast head and say what they believe without fear or favour. Sure, Zelda has an agenda as everyone in blogland does. I am hardly going to get upset if she says something about e-book writing. Why would I? It’s an opinion and it can only upset you if you let it. What is Zelda’s blog address you ask? http://rantingsbyzelda.blogspot.com/ No, I don’t know Zelda but she’s stirred up debate and angst and that’s always interesting. Love her, hate her – whatever – it’s up to you.

Funny stuff…

The company I have been working for is odd beyond all belief. I thought Promptel was odd but this one is closing in rapidly to take the mantle of ridiculousness from them. Yes, I didn’t think it was possible but there it is. Everyday I drive into work at…let’s call it, er, the Acme Dance Shoe Emporium, and I know that another person will announce their resignation. It’s been happening on a daily basis for the last month. It’s quite amusing really. This is a massive company with massive profits but Acme cannot keep staff. Now this is not unique to Acme. It’s a global trend. People want more and they’re not going to stick around in a job they perceive as crap – that’s understandable. I’ve done that many a time. But honestly I have not seen this many resignations before. What am I going to do? Well, I skilfully managed to jump into one of the vacant jobs that was a lot better than the one I was doing. I have been with the company a month. It’s not something that you are supposed to do. You’re technically supposed to wait 3 months - but I thought – fuck it – if I don’t charm my way into that job some other bugger will take it - and it would piss me off. There was a moment there when management was quite stunned at my move. I do that to people – stun ‘em. So will I stay with this company? Yes, I think I will for the moment as it may work in my favour -they have no idea what they are doing and therefore are less inclined to know what the staff are doing at any given moment. Get my drift? My father said to me – ‘How do you pick these weird jobs?’ Yes, it’s quite a skill.


Breaking the glass…

I was talking to a female manager today about glass ceilings. She was saying how hard they are to break. Do I believe these ceilings exist? Yes but I have no interest in breaking them as my ambitions do not lie in management. I like people too much. I cannot tell staff that everything is great when it’s crap. Staff aren’t stupid, My management style is the truth and that’s inconvenient if you’re a manager so I don’t bother trying to be one. But I understand why women want to break the glass ceiling and they should be allowed to. Unfortunately it’s not that simple. Regardless how far we have come – in my experience, men still dominate in the work force and they still get paid more unless you bung on a turn and demand the same amount. Of course if you do this there is no way you are going to get near the ceiling – let alone break it – trust me, been there done that. So, I admire women who want to do it but it all comes down to one thing they lack – a penis. Am I being unfair to men? Probably but that would be a bloody change wouldn’t it?


Drip drop….

Why is it not one tap but three all need to have washers changed in them at the same time when you don’t have the time to do it? Bastard things. Yes, I know, if that’s the worst that happens to me I am doing okay – but honestly add up all these pissy little jobs and it’s enough to drive you to drink…speaking of which – I stopped to buy a bottle of the fermented grape at the bottlo (liquor store) on the way home from work and this man saw what I was buying and said “That’s a girl’s drink.” Why yes, I said, I’m a girl hence the reason I picked up a regulation girl’s drink as I know my place in society. He looked kind of sheepish. Why? Well apparently that’s one of his pick up lines, so he told me. Yes, it sucks and I told him it did. He asked what did
I consider a good pick up line? Gee – how about hello and a nice smile? Seriously he asked? Why yes – you men complicate things. Basic sincerity often beats smart lines. And no, I don’t accept invitations in grog shops…maybe twenty years ago… but not now and especially not after work. So what is the dumbest pick up line you have ever heard?

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12 comments:

Sandra Cox said...

Hey Ms. Amarinda,
Is Australia's economy in pretty good shape? It sounds like it.

Anny Cook said...

Obviously that was a brilliant move on your part. Hope you enjoy your new job!If enough people resign, then pretty soon you're the "old" employee instead of the "new" employee and you're in charge...

Kelly Kirch said...

Odd. Pick up lines in a liquor store huh? That's a new one.

Ashley Ladd said...

Pick up lines...hmm... I've been married like forever - almost 30 years, so I've not been into the singles scene. My oldest son was the only one to date (so far) and he's been married 10 years. When he did date, all the women flocked to him. I still get women who tell me, "If I was ten years younger, I'd go for your son" - women who know he's married. He worked with me for 2 years so we know a lot of the same people. He's a cutie. Anyway, I digress. I got the impression that the women were doing a lot of the pursuing nowadays - at least in my kids' generation.

But I'd like to know the answer to your question since it's fodder for the books.

Oh! And about Zelda... I didn't jump on her. As you say people have a right to her opinion. But I think she did it just to be mean - I base that on her later blog posts about how to make a lot of people spin their wheels all day and how she thought it was hilarious. Since she says she's not an author, and wasn't promoting anything else, I don't think it was for promo. She needs to get a better hobby. But then again, it's her opinion, her life.

Ashley Ladd said...

Oh! Congrats on your job. I did move into management, but it was that or stay stagnant and not take the raise. Since everybody in the department kept bringing their problems to me anyway, I might as well get pay and credit for it.

barbara huffert said...

Good for you. If nothing else it sounds like this job will keep you entertained at least for a little while.

Pick up in a liquor store? Creative...waiting until you've bought your own drinks. And if he's really lucky he'll find someone who shares.

Molly Daniels said...

The last time someone attempted to pick me up, he simply asked me what I thought of the window display, and then asked me out for coffee. I flashed my ring at him and still he persisted. So I politely said I had to go pick up my kids; he said, "Oh, you're married with children? I'll still buy you a cup of coffee." I gave him a disgusted look and promptly turned around and left the Mall.

Bronwyn's Blog said...

I used to have to drop off on of my daycare kids at preschool, inevitably this one dad and I would arrive at abou the same time everyday. After winking at me on a regular basis, he finally walked up to me and said, "I figure we've got a couple hours - wanna hook up?"

I told him I didn't think his very pregnant wife would approve and then he suggested we go to my house. What an asshat.

Georgie Lee said...

I say go for the job. I call the mass migration of people at work the springtime shuffle. It seems like very spring people get the urge to move on or up or sideways etc. I've done a fair bit of shuffling myself.

lyntaylor said...

Awww, gee. It's been so long since anyone's tried to pick me up *pouts*.

Congrats on the job by the way. Before you know it, you'll be running the company and everyone will be wondering who that woman is LOL!

Molly Daniels said...

Hey...Zelda's only wanting 'invited' readers now! What's up with that?

JacquƩline_Roth said...

Worst pickup line? How about the tow-truck driver who said to me, "We should hook up some time."

I swear. True story. And no, I don't think he meant it to be funny.