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the contnuing adventures of rolexes, hair, and job evils, in that order
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Spam Continues Unabated

We are now in the Christmas Season, I suppose, and forsooth, bombarded by promises of faux Louis Something handbags and Rolexes.

When I say bombarded, I mean, blitzkrieg here. Rolex is now a trigger word in my spam blocker. Well, so are a lot of male erection drugs, but I'm used to that.

Hair Chronicles

It's not eggplant. If I was going for a food related color, I'd say a really eery irridescent black cherry with a sheen of red plum. It's *dark*. I mean, I look at it and flashback to those unfortunate black dye jobs of my misspent--middle twenties.

I look like a corpse, but less lively.

I am a figure of tragedy.

Work

Coworker M quit Friday, after being told she'd be put on levels. There is no way to explain why levels are bad, because they sound okay. It's a way of saying 'you are not donig your best job and we are giving you this much time to fix it' but it's actually fast-track to being fired and then being ineligible to be rehired. When we were just one state agency, DHS, not so bad. We are now HHSC, seven agencies compressed to one. So if you get fired on levels, you are fucked for half the state jobs. So she quit. C, my Worker IV, unexpectedly took two weeks off. This is a *really bad sign*. Missy is at TANF training, the thing they refused to let me go to. I'm really, really wishing I was there, and not sitting at my desk, with pretty much everyone I like gone, surrounded by empty offices.

In other words, I am going to be *very pathetic* until November 15th, when Missy comes back.

It's--I don't know. Probably everyone here has worked corporate or state or some type of organization where you don't like your supervisor. I'm scared of mine. And not in a metaphorical sense. She was, I think, convinced C and M were plotting against her, and basically, she retaliated. She started picking and criticizing adn looking for mistakes, adn this is an understaffed state office. There are going to be mistakes. There is no possible way there won't be mistakes. There is no way to get around being behind on things, because no matter what, that is going to happen.

So. She scares me. M told me I had less to worry about, since my mother has been in DHS for eons and knows half of everyone, and this is the first time I will honestly say that a certain amount of nepotism does not offend my delicate sensibilities. I think M is wrong, though. I think if my supervisor gets it into her head that I'm doing something behind her back that threatens her, she will find new and creative ways to make my life hard. And the honest to God truth is, right now, I'm still not good at this job. It shows. I still make werid mistakes and stumble and do ridiculous things, and that's kind of par for the course, since I'm a trainee and the new computer system doesn't actually work all the time. It's also me--what I'm doing isn't natural to me. I mean, the interviewing is not a problem, but the level of ultra-organization, the sheer amount of federal and state law I have to know instinctively, just isn't there yet and isn't going to be for a while. She can call fault on me for a *lot* of things, and she'd be in the right on every complaint. But she'd be holding me to a standard she does not hold any other trainee or worker to, and that bothers me.

And--it pisses me off.

This is my idealistic high horse of what the *fuck*. I mean, I'm not sitting around, consolidating my power base in the great corporate ladder or future high positions. And I feel ridiculous even saying this, but frankly, I'm acutally not here for the money, or just for the money, though money is very nice. I'm doing this to *help*. When I think of what I wnat to do, it doesn't come down to, I want a job that pays more so I can have more power, jsut for power, or more money so I can buy a really great house. Every time I think of jobs that promote up the hierarchy, I think, and this is insane, if I do this job, can I do it better, in a way that will benefit the people who come to us for help? Am I capable of that, are my skills in line for doing something that will make this *better*?

I don't know how to phrase this, but when I'm surrounded by the drama, I get pissed, because it's like what we're supposed to be doing, what we are supposed to *be*, is secondary to one-upmanship and all this freakish maneuvering. It's not like I didn't know this was what life was going to be like. I know. It's not even that it's unexpected, because really, it's not; people don't surprise me. I just hate when I see people fail to at least try to be better. When they cater to the lowest parts of themselves. I'm not asking people to go out and save the world. I don't even expect that, I really don't even expect that they would want to anymore. But I kind of wish I *could*--I want to know that they look on this as not just a job, but a way to even out the world a little, fix one thing that they *can* fix. We can't do anything about most of what goes wrong in our clients' lives, but we *can* do this, and I think being able to do that is--sometimes amazing.

You know, I've got to get over this frustration eventually. Gah.

Less Depressing

THursday. I will be on a plane Thursday. This is so unbelievably exciting I'm actually getting worried I'm going to contract some disease at the last minute and can't go.

Finding zen with coffee. Always good.


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You will be the coolest lady in NYC with your black cherry hair and leather pants. *g*



I'm so not wearing those pants. I dont 'have *shoes*. I'll look silly.

*bites nails* My hair is *Freaky*.

Just, you know, get ready to laugh. *grins8

Can't wait to see you there!

It sounds like your boss is a bully. If she knows that your mother knows everyone except God, that'll scare her. And bullies generally don't have the guts to confront anything that scares them.

In other words, I agree with M. You're probably safe.

I know it's not PC to say, but I really hate female bosses. Nine times out of ten, they get the weirdest paranoid ideas in their heads.

And the irridescent black cherry sounds really cool. Even if it makes you look dead. And hey, it's the season to look dead, right?

It sounds like your boss is a bully. If she knows that your mother knows everyone except God, that'll scare her. And bullies generally don't have the guts to confront anything that scares them.

In other words, I agree with M. You're probably safe.


I hate to say it's comforting, but it kind of is.

I know it's not PC to say, but I really hate female bosses. Nine times out of ten, they get the weirdest paranoid ideas in their heads.

I just don't get what she's paranoid about, to be honest. We can't *do* anything to her. It's like she's jumping at the possiblity of shadows. In a scary way.

And the irridescent black cherry sounds really cool. Even if it makes you look dead. And hey, it's the season to look dead, right?

That really is my one comfort. Winter is so that time of year that the corpse look is *in*. *grins*

Don't borrow trouble, sweety - if she hasn't started picking you apart yet, don't work yourself up by anticipating it. On the other hand - document, document, document - save every em-mail and make a note of any events that seem o be aimed at you.

Also - you might try asking your mom - she may have ideas about what to do.

And finally - See you on Friday!!

*hugs*

(I'm looking forward to seeing the hair - I kind of like the sound of the color! *evil grin*)

I'm so going to be hat girl for the weekend.

*buries hair under ballcap*

OT: Sekrit Sleepover Message

I'm set up with a credit card on paypal - let me know what address I should send to!!

:D

Your description sounds almost like my sister's black cherry hair color, although in her case she took a good burgundy auburn and then on weekends (when she doesn't have to go to work and look reasonably normal) goes over the top of it with wash-out shocking pink to get a sort of nuclear black cherry result. Looks damned good with her aqua-green colored contacts.

And the boss thing, I think you got good advice above regarding asking your mother and maintaining a paper trail in case it's needed later. In the meantime, keeping your head down works.

Oddly enough, I too am greatly looking forward to hopping on a plane Thursday -- though I'm going to the opposite end of the country from where you are.

Oddly enough, I too am greatly looking forward to hopping on a plane Thursday -- though I'm going to the opposite end of the country from where you are.

Calif sounds like a lot of fun. *grin* Jsut remember to document in LJ for the masses to read. As some of us aren't going somewhere so sunny.

*bounces*

Northern California, mind you -- almost to the border with Oregon -- so I'm not anticipating much sunshine. And I don't know what online access I may or may not have (though I'm taking the laptop and trying out my new WiFi finder toy while I'm there) but I'm sure I'll have things to say about my weekend once I'm back, if not before.

Actually I'm just really curious about which hair color you went with... You know like brand and title of color... that hair color sounds exactly like what my friend was going for but got a dark auburn instead!


Feria, rich ruby something. It really, really, *really* isn't supposed to be this color. I mean, if you were looking at the box, then my hair? Epical difference. Scary. *g*

What was your hair color before then?

I know how crazy hair dyes can turn out, a friend of mine was going for Medium Auburn, and for the first three days after she colored it she was stuck with a vibrant RED. You could see her a mile away ^_^ But thankfully it dulled out to the desired color.

Just to send you some sympathy re the pointy haired boss, and also to say that I found your other comments about the purpose of work rather thought provoking. Thanks.

*hugs* Thanks. Pointy haired boss. *hee* I like that!

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