Monday, June 22, 2009

Been awhile

I haven't been here in awhile. Odd for a blog's author to post that on his blog but there you go.

I don't have much to say I guess and that is why I am not posting. I like my Ducks but I am not the most knowledgeable so I let other people write about them.

I go to work and then go home so I don't talk about other things as much.

I guess I will try to post more when thoughts enter my head.

Friday, January 16, 2009

2009 and counting

It is now 2009. I have not posted in awhile and I will tell you why. Back in October I had a co-worker that went on maternity leave. I got her work. That was fantastic. Now of course I was not caught off guard by her maternity leave. But she had to leave a month early. That is where I was blind sided.

See, the accounts that she works on had January programs and those would have been mainly completed during that last month. I got to do those instead.

Along with all my normal amounts which seem to double at the end of the year. Good times.

On to a happier note - the wife and I just celebrated our 10 year anniversary by going to San Francisco. We had a good time but that was the first walking workout I've had in awhile.

I posted pictures to my facebook account. If you follow me, find them. If you don't, find me.

I'm hoping to go through and post more of my office stories, but we'll see. If they find this blog then it might cause havoc.

I've been having fun on twitter since more people I know are on there. I'm trying to branch out on there, but we'll see if that is just a dream of today or an actuality.

See ya in 09.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Here's what I hate!

I have a sales person that I work for on their accounts. The thing that really annoys me is when they say "Sure we can do that!" without ever consulting the people that do the leg work. Oh it's 4 o'clock and you need that by the end of the day. Sure. Of course I have no idea the amount of time or energy it takes to do this product but I will put a deadline on it.

"You want to get that ad out in under a month and some of the newspapers are on the other side of the country and you don't have artwork yet. No prob."

"You want to add new stores and see a profile. We can get that to you tomorrow no sweat."

When you a limited knowledge of Office products and can't do anything by yourself you should not be the barometer on the speed at which projects can be/are accomplished. I kind of hate having to "pull off the impossible" in order to just get my job done. It's tiring. If the economy wasn't so bad and I was afraid I would possibly lose my job I would miss one of these just to show what happens.

Sorry for the rant but I got this again this afternoon and I'm a little angered.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Dirty Slacker

Today is the Dirty Slacker. This guy owns the office where you have to walk as if in a mine field. Walk around the piles, don't step on any paperwork, hopefully you'll make it out alive. When not on a deadline, he comes in late, takes an extended lunch, and I think watches videos on his monitor. Not sure.

To give him credit he does stay late most days to make up for the time, but there is no guarantee that he works. I need to set up a spy cam.

When the boss gets on his case he does work and gets stuff out. But that is not on a dedicated basis.

Here's the problem - this is the guy in charge of the finances, IT and insurance. That's right - in charge of my income and health. Some days this does not invoke confidence. Whenever we need vendors to be paid it is always a break the system and get it done. Getting one check out the door takes manipulation, skill, and a few hours. And that is not a sure thing.

Here's a last tidbit - when clients come in and we have to dress up he wears dockers and a Hawaiian shirt. Because those have buttons. Classic.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

8:30 am

Sometimes it is not good to be dependable.

I work for a relaxed company. I get to wear jeans and t-shirts most days. We look good when we need to, but no Dockers 5 days a week for me. This is one fringe benefit that I get and enjoy.

When I started about 4 years ago I was used to being on time, dressing nice, the usual. Punctuality is ingrained in my DNA especially. Here's where that goes wrong.

I have become the 8:30 guy. See, our office officially opens at 8:30 but most of the employees do not. I work for a small company where the number of managers and the number of associates are almost equal. I get that managers can come in a little later. They have put in the time and earned the right. But when other associates come in at 8:40, :45, 9, that is when it gets to me.

See if I show up at 8:40 now, it seems like I am late. Of course that's the day when they need the door opened and the phone answered at 8:30. They blame me. Because I am the 8:30 guy.

The days I am sick they have to figure out the opening process all over again because they hardly ever do it.

The worst is when I have a busy day and have to stay late. When you are the one to unlock in the morning and lock at night - life sucks. There is nothing more tangible than that to say "Hey you worked the most today. Bet you can't wait for tomorrow."

Perhaps I need to be late every once in a while.

The Hacker

This is the first in what will be an ongoing saga of my current work experience. The first person that I will describe is The Hacker. They are not technologically adept as you might expect by the name. No, the name refers to when they have the sniffles.

This person is normally loud to begin with. You know, the one who has the door to their office closed and yet you can hear everything because they think the louder they get in conversations the more you can hear them. Well, when they have the sniffles it gets 10x worse.

The phlegm at the back of their throat "must" be cleared out. Loudly. In the middle of the office. Certain days feel like you are in a hospital ward when the Plague still existed.

If this were not bad enough, manners would at least help the situation. A hand in front of the mouth, CLOSING the mouth, apologizing, something. Nope. Just endless throat clearing.

Those days are fun.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Twitter!

I have become obsessed with Twitter thanks to Mattrix. This is a site that you update what you are doing and only have 140 characters to do it in. It's shorter than a blog post but enough to get your point across. I have Twitterberry for my new blackberry and it makes it extremely easy to update and check what others are doing.

I have posted my updates on the sidebar of this blog too. I don't know what people will do with the information but I love the idea and am already hooked after about a week.

Do you Twitter? Then follow me!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Work life

I don't talk about work much here. Mainly because with my luck the first post will be seen by people from work. But since it consumes the highest percentage of my day it is the subject that I have the most to talk about.

I will be posting updates and anecdotes as I go along but since I've been there over 3 years I have some stories saved up for a rainy day.

Anything you want to hear about?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Like mud

Have you ever walked in a river or near the shore of a lake that has mud that sucks your feet in?

Every step takes twice as long and is twice as hard. The smallest effort takes all your energy.

Yeah, that's how my brain felt today.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Stanley Cup Finals

The Stanley Cup finals are two games in and it appears that the Western Conf. team has things well in hand.

The Detroit Red Wings are shutting down the young Penguins. Part of me is really glad that the "face" of the NHL and his team is not doing well.

I'm also glad that this is still showing the current dominance of the West. We'll see as game 3 is tomorrow.