Category: Overworked


SO, yesterday I slept for 12 hours. Then today for another 8. I don’t know why exactly, but I do know that as of right now I feel AWESOME! Which is good, because it’s open mic night again. With 20 hours of sleep under my belt, I expect to be able to stay awake until my set. That’s all I really have to say right now. Come back tomorrow for my posting (good or bad) of my stand up.

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I may have missed logging the last couple of days. If you think the subject line of this is a typo, then you are probably not familiar with the Japanese series Kamen Rider. I spent most of my non-working hours catching up on the current series. This year happens to be both the 40th Anniversary and the 1000th episode. Which means little other than it’s been around for a long time. The basics of the show is monsters are attacking. A hero appears fight the monsters. To do so, he uses a belt to transform into a Rider, an armored warrior on a motorcycle. Beyond that, everything else changes from year to year: sometimes there is one rider, sometimes several, sometimes the monsters are outright evil, sometimes they are sympathetic… Airing with Kamen Rider is Super Sentai- which is known in America as Power Rangers. Which turns 35 this year. So, if you want to know where I’ve been, visit TV-Nihon. I may well post my thoughts and love for both series here at a later date.

The other thing that happened this weekend, which I have been very anxiously waiting for is Doctor Who’s series 6 premier. I was sadly born too late to watch the how the first time it aired, but was “lucky” enough to see the FOX produced TV movie in 1996. Sadly it wasn’t until 2005 before there would be another attempt to bring new life to the Doctor. But since they did, the BBC has had me hooked and needing more. Thanks a lot you magnificent, British bastards…

Anyway, due to my love of foreign television, I missed two days of blogging. If it ever happens again, you will at least know I’m not doing anything interesting or cool. If I were, I’d blog about it.

To Whom It May Concern:

Recently at work I was punished by my manager. She came to me, and interrupted my work by asking why at 6am my duties, which were supposed to be done by 7am, were not yet finished. When I said I was in the process of completing the tasks, her face changed sharply and she demanded I go to the office. Once there she asked my again why my duties were not yet finished, and what I intend to do to see that they were. I told her that I was in the process of finishing my duties, that if I was allowed to go back, everything would be done on time. Instead of letting me work, she spent the next 20 minutes lecturing me about how I need to be more productive.

I’ve been at my job for a year now, in that time I have been taken to the office for two other incidents: the first was an overtime infraction, and the second was incorrectly preparing sandwiches, by using white bread rather than wheat. The overtime incident occurred in September; the sandwich one was in January. Unfortunately for me, the company I work at keeps incidents on file for a year. Which put me at Step 3 of the 4 Step Termination process. It’s called a Day of Decision; a forced day off with pay. This does not pull from my pool of earned paid time off. If you are wondering how that is a punishment, so was I. When I asked, I was informed I would have to write a letter detailing why I want to continue working there.

My first thought was how easy that would be. I want to work here because you pay me, and I need money to pay my bills. I quickly decided this was not the best way to go. Instead, I wrote what is posted below. I removed the name of the company, but am leaving the rest in tact.

To Whom It May Concern:

I was asked to write a letter detailing why it is I want to work for *****. This got me thinking about the type of company I want to work for. I want to work for a company that sees their employees as more than trained monkeys, who can’t be trusted to do their job correctly if they are not watched every moment. A company that believes their employees are both capable and intelligent, and can be trusted to accomplish their job. A company that acknowledges hard work and rewards it, even if it is with something as simple as a thank you. A company that rather than punishing their employees for failing to meet expectations works with them to understand why, as well as to help them improve. A company who trains their managers to effectively and efficiently communicate with fellow managers and employees, so that there will be no conflict in the duties, corrections, and assignments that are given by different managers. A company that nurtures their employees helping them to fulfill their potential, so that they can move up in the company, as well as in life. A company that values its employees above numbers on a page; seeing them as the people without whom they have nothing more than an empty building. Those simple tenants make up the company I want to work for, and if that company is *****, then that is the company I want to work for.

Thus ends my frustrated rant. Tomorrow will be more fun.