End of the blogging hiatus

LL said, “Don’t call it a comeback!” That’s right, I’m back.

With my Bachelor’s degree firmly (and finally!) behind me, I can get back to more fun stuff like writing about some of the hilarity I see on a daily basis. A lot of times, I do write about just that and I got some great stuff today.

Today, all a couple months late, I had a sit-down with my boss and we discussed my annual review. I honestly think that my boss is afraid of me ever since I threw her under the bus that one time, but that’s neither here nor there. At the very least, I know that she’s quite uncomfortable with giving constructive criticism or having to point out any negative aspects. The whole thing went considerably better than I thought it would to be totally honest. I mean, I didn’t expect her to try to toss me under the bus, but I didn’t expect her to be pleasant so much. I suppose that part of that could come from the vibe I put forth which was fueled by good tunes in the headphones all morning. With music, I can accomplish anything.

So, on the plus side, I’m super punctual and I’m pretty much always here barring emergencies and time off that I schedule fairly far in advance. I’m a great multi-tasker and I’m pretty slick with applying the technical knowledge. Hahaha, I can block people out when I need to concentrate and I have just the right combination of friendliness and professionalism. Also, I’m a pretty good troubleshooter (I hope so, that’s a main part of my job).

It’s not all sunshine and roses though. It is perceived (boss’ words, not mine) that I am not an active participant in some projects. In conversation, my boss said that I don’t seem interested in my work. I do it and I do it correctly and in a timely fashion, but I just don’t really care about it is the perception. Is this so bad? I don’t really think so. I didn’t think that my boss was quite so perceptive because boss is correct. My current position isn’t really related to what my degree is in nor does it particularly pique my interest. Pride and work ethic say that I do my shit and do it right, but I don’t have to like it. I didn’t bother trying to explain that. I’ll just keep handling my business and I’ll put a little more effort into pretending that I love it.

And now, some comic relief!

You may or may not remember this post. (It’ll open in a new window for you. I’ll wait.)

Well, Person A had another run-in with Person B today. It went a little something like this:

Person A is heating up lunch in the microwave. Person B is directly behind Person A staring blankly at the drink vending machine. Person B is holding a coin.

Person B: Umm, I’m gonna ask a dumb question here.

Person A: Okay.

Person B: Does this machine only take dollars?

Person A: (slightly taken aback) No, it takes coins also.

Person B: Where do they go?

Person A: (pointing) In that slot right there.

Person B: Ohhh! Thanks.

Person B inserts the remaining coins into the machine. This happens to be one of the machines that has the little holder that goes to pick up your drink and puts it fairly gently in the receptacle for it to be retrieved.

Person B: Oooh! Wow!! I’ve never seen this before! Isn’t that the neatest thing you’ve ever seen??!?!

Person A: Um, yes. It’s pretty cool.

These are the things that must be dealt with at my job. And they wonder why I don’t look thrilled about it.

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