Saturday, June 04, 2005
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!
This is a kakapo, one of the main characters in Maybe Baby. Isn't he cute? Apparently it's a flightless green parrot that smells. There are now 89 of these birds left in the world. They've been decimated by progress, and predators. You can learn more at the Kakapo Recovery Programme. Did you ever see the movie The Freshman with Matthew Broderick and Marlon Brando? Brando belonged to a group that ate endangered species. Well the Kakapo Recovery Programme will make sure that these birds are never anyone's dinner! And that our kids will know what a kakapo is without having to learn about it in books as an extinct creature like the dodo.
Well, good news, I'm employed at least for Monday and Tuesday, and I might have a possibility of working for a company that I've wanted to work for, for a long time, so keep your fingers crossed. The bad news is that I'm being called on the carpet by my temp agency for using company computers for personal use. I'm going to have go in, and be lectured by someone who sounds like the moviephone guy.
I realize it's my own stupidity that got me into this, a) for leaving the documents on the work computer, and b) telling my counselor instead of just emailing the other assistant and having her email them to me. So, I'll have to go in, and suck it up, and play contrite just in case I don't get this other job. I'm 40 years old, and being lectured just sucks the life out of your soul.
The problem is I'm damned it I do, and damned if I don't. Most of these temp jobs they're just pulling you in to answer phones, they don't give you anything to do, so you have a choice, either try to read a magazine, surf the internet, or do your personal stuff. Anything to look busy, or twiddle your thumbs all day long. But if you don't try to look busy, you can get canned!
The biggest problem is that you have to pay for stuff that other temps did. If they can't use the computer, they treat you like you can't use it, if the other temp didn't know how to use the copy machine, TIC think that you can't use the copy machine. It's never the temp agencies fault for sending people who are incompetent!
So come Monday, I'll be sitting at work (with my notebook) trying to look busy.