Monday

Home At Last


I love my job. I enjoy going to work. I often look forward to going to the office. I have twenty or so staff that report to me, all a different mix of characters. Even with this good team, once I am there, they often make it that I am looking forward to going home.

Some make the job more difficult than others. The real bad apples were let go a long time ago. 
I could make this into a love story about my wife and rushing home to see her but, this is more about work.

I came back to work after a few days off - after celebrating my nuptials. I returned to find 300 email in my inbox. I had to scour through them, first to catch up, second to deal with any disasters, and third to find out if there was an email - somewhere in there - that told me I was fired.

Well, my job is pretty safe but when a company has layoffs, anyone is at risk. You believe your job is safe but then there is still doubt. You get a compliment or a good review from the boss and still, there may be doubt. Sometimes doing a good job is like peeing in your dark suit. You get a warm feeling but nobody notices.

I tried a start-up internet based chewing gum company. Eventually the bubble burst.
I had a friend who worked for the IRS but quit because he found it taxing. 
I worked in a mill for a while but couldn't stand the daily grind.
I had an uncle who worked in ladies lingerie. It didn't go over to well at the construction site.

A job is what you make of it. Loving it is a bonus. Making a living is a requirement. Going home is essential. 

And remember, your job could be worse

Steely Dan from their 19778 release Aja, Home At Last


Today is day 18 of the thirty day writing challenge (February edition) as arranged and hosted by Nicky and Mike over at WeWorkForCheese.com. Go check out their site to see what they wrote and see all the other participants.

24 comments:

  1. I heard you worked at an eye glass lens-making factory but fell into the grinder and made a spectacle of yourself! Great Steely Dan clip.

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    1. Ha!
      I was trying to decide which of their albums was my favourite. I think they are of equal brilliance. Post 1980 excluded

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  2. Oh my god, Shawn, you're as punny as dufus! Glad you weren't fired. ;)

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    1. The crazy thing? I can't think of any more... :(

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  3. That would have been pretty gutless of them to e-mail you a termination letter. Glad that you mostly enjoy your job!

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    1. It's very corporate how they do it. Behind closed doors, handed an envelope, escorted out.

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  4. Wish I could make a humorous pun
    But my ribs are cracked
    My mind is shot
    And this challenge is my only fun ~

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    1. Your rhyming is a plus.
      Mine, is a bust.
      We do what we can.
      Some do what they must.

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  5. I'm glad you enjoy your job. I guess every job has its ups and downs, good days and bad. No matter what, it is always good at the end of the day to just go home.

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    1. A pal of mine worked as an elevator repairman. That had its ups and downs.

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  6. Hey Shawn! Commiserations on the return to work. And a big HELL YES to this - "Making a living is a requirement. Going home is essential." Indigo

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    1. And the end of the day, there will be more work to do. And it will still be there for you tomorrow.

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  7. Amen to never being safe. I found that one out myself. Thought there was no way... wham.

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    1. I think it is about trying to make yourself essential. It isn't always possible.

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  8. The last place I worked at, they hired me while the girl I was to replace was on vacation. I actually started on a Tuesday because they had to wait for her to come in on Monday to send her home.

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    1. You may remember back in school, PB referred me for a job at the food court downtown and then they hired me right after they fired him.

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  9. AH HA HA HA HA!!!! That picture! The armpits! The puns! AWESOME!

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  10. I'm really happy you didn't get fired while you were on your honeymoon. That would be cruel beyond belief.

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    1. Or during the wedding bell. For whom the bell tolls... or something like that

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  11. "A job is what you make of it. Loving it is a bonus. Making a living is a requirement. Going home is essential." I love this. That's a great way to close your thoughts.

    Occupational Pun: Wouldn't it suck if a cartographer told you to get lost?

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    1. Ahahaha
      I just couldn't cut it as a surgeon.

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  12. It's usually a pretty good day at work when you don't get fired. Or find you've been "transferred" when you get back from vacation. But seriously, Shawn... I think you've been hanging around Dufus for too long during this little writing fest. His puns are beginning to wear off on you!

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    1. Dufus is the King of the pun. I am just a pretender. I wouldn't mess with him. He may pun-ish me.

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