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Having *one of those days*

It really makes me unhappy when work gets in the way of one of my favorite hobbies: blogging.   But, dammit, I’m on a mission!

I am having one of those days where the phone keeps ringing and I’m playing phone tag with the people that I’ve left messages for, who have left me messages back.  Does that mean everyone is having the same kind of day as me?!?  Yikes.

My boss told me today that he wants me to “take on more responsibility” — after probing further, it turns out he wants me to handle some of the admin tasks that he doesn’t have time to do anymore.  WTF!  Just ’cause you are too cheap to hire someone to help (reference my recent post titled Rant) don’t throw that crap on me. 

Plus we are increasingly getting worried about Lucy.  Her skin condition seems to be getting worse.  Pete spent a ton of time doing research on the Internet yesterday and I made an appointment with a pet dermatologist.  A friend of a friend lost their 5 year old dog suddenly and since hearing the news, it has weighed on my mind. 

And now, I’m prepping for our weekly company/sales meeting.  No doubt the “fun” will continue…. (sigh)



I enjoy my job tremendously.  I have no complaints about the job itself.  BUT…  (of course, there is a BUT)

… BUT my boss is a cheapskate.  Think of the cheapest, tightest person you know and multiply their cheapness factor by 10, that is my boss.  After over a year of working with him, it is getting harder to endure.  Can I continue to smile and nod my head during the cheapskate episodes, which seem to occur much more frequently as time goes on?

Here are the the latest “examples”, for your entertainment – you will laugh:

  1. Apparently my boss could not understand why his wife was upset with him because for one of their anniversaries, he bought her cubic zirconia earrings and stuck them in a Tiffany box (she had asked for diamond of course!)
  2. For their 19th anniversary – which occurred this week – he learned that bronze is the traditional anniversary gift for 19 years, so he bought her a bronze eagle – just what you’ve always wanted right, gals?? 
  3. Here is the capper…  My boss recently hired a “virtual assistant” named Satin from Mumbai, India.  He is thrilled ’cause Satin is just ecstatic to work hard for $9/hour.  During a recent company meeting, I jokingly asked my boss if the our jobs are in danger of becoming outsourced too?  I fully expected him to ease our minds, to assure us that our specific skills were crucial to business, and not to worry.  But NO, his response, “well I cannot guarantee anything in the future.” 

Um… Anyone need a senior level software salesperson?


Like family

Yesterday I left work early to pick up my partner and his wife, who are visiting from Toronto.  They were staying in the city and took BART out East.  We had time to kill before meeting Pete back in Alamo then driving out to Livermore for dinner at my boss’ house.

We ended up enjoying a glass of wine at Va de Vi then a bit of window shopping in Walnut Creek.

When we all got to Livermore, my boss and his wife gave us big welcoming hugs and drinks were poured.  They are a family with 4 kids ranging in age fro 16 to 8.  Great kids.  At dinner, my boss said Grace.  Yes, Grace!  I have not said Grace in YEARS… probably not since Thanksgiving when I was like 10 years old!

It’s really icing on the cake when you truly enjoy the company of those who you work with.  Yesterday’s experience went beyond just enjoyment.  I truly felt like I was part of a family.  A family who respects each other and has fun together.  After dinner, a bunch of us (not me of course) played poker.  My boss’ 10 year old son had such a blast winning hands against the adults.

It is interesting how this is one of the first jobs I’ve been in for over a year that I don’t often find myself perusing Craigslist or other job sites just to see “what else is out there”.



…That’s what I have been today. It has been “one of those days”. The kind of day where I’m on the phone, responding to emails, meanwhile another call is coming in. Off the phone, check voicemail and the process starts again. Nonstop. I did manage to take a breather to shower (my own odor was starting to bug me) and to get lunch (late, cause I *actually* forgot to eat lunch – people that does NOT happen to me… ever).

Anyways, please don’t ask me who I had my first call with or what was discussed, cause I cannot recall.

Good news is busyness = sales = $$ for me! Also, I prefer to be running around like a chicken with her head chopped off than to be bored to tears, twiddling my thumbs.

Things seem to have finally settled down and I had promised myself to blog (since I was not inspired yesterday), so here we are.

My next entry will be more interesting, I promise.


Same story, another day

That is the theme for the day. I heard back from my big prospect in the U.K. that budget was not approved to purchase my product and “if business gets better” they will purchase in Q4 or Q1 ’09.

The kicker is that these people have told us this pretty much every quarter for the past 2 years. Is it time to face reality and give up? As a salesperson, I am the eternal optimist. When someone says they will put it in the budget for the next year, I believe them. Silly me.

Luckily there are days when someone will call me and say, “guess what? we got approval to purchase ahead of schedule”. Those days are pretty rare, but I guess it goes to show you that life as a salesperson is a bit like a roller-coaster ride.

On another note, my boss just fired our intern… so now he’s interviewing a new lackey to handle our technology needs. I guess we all should have known when on his first day at the job, the kid blatantly played video games at his computer! It seems like our employees either last for years or for a very very short time.

Happy Hump Day!


2008 Words

A friend sent me this list. I guess they are new words for 2008. There are some funny ones. I wanted to be sure to save the list, so I am posting it here!

1. BLAMESTORMING Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.

2.SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager, who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.

3.ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard

4.SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end.

5. CUBE FARM : An office filled with cubicles.

6.PRAIRIE DOGGING : When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people’s heads pop up over the walls to see what’s going on.

7. MOUSE POTATO : The on-line, wired generation’s answer to the couch potato.

8.SITCOMs: Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What Yuppies get into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids.

9.STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.

10.SWIPEOUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.
11.XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one’s workplace.

12.IRRITAINMENT: Entertainment and media spectacles that are Annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them.

13. PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.

14. ADMINISPHERE : The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.

15. 404 : Someone who’s clueless. From the World Wide Web error Message ‘404 Not Found,’ meaning that the requested site could not be located.

16. GENERICA : Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, and subdivisions.

17.OHNOSECOND : That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you’ve just made a BIG mistake. (Like after hitting send on an email by mistake).

18.WOOFS: Well-Off Older Folks.

19. CROP DUSTING: Surreptitiously passing gas while passing through a Cube Farm.

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