Thursday, June 12, 2008

Gee, Wally! Meme's are fun!

I've been waiting for midnight in order to make sure I have something to answer on number 2!

1. What was I doing ten years ago?
I was at the beginning of a very tough cycle in my life. Although with my usual outlook I can tell the funny stories that go along with it! !
I had just been transferred at my request to another school after 5 years of working for my good friend, and wonderful mentor, Pat! I knew it was time for me to see if I was as good as I looked working with Mama Pat. But that request set off events that really changed my life.

I went for my short meet'n'greet with the new boss (aka UPS Bitch...explanation soon). UPS B told me she knew I was there to spy on her, to gather info & to get her fired. She'd see that it was me who left with a shattered reputation not her. "Welcome! Glad you're here!" The higher ups heard about it & tried to transfer me elsewhere but when I burst into tears hearing the name of THAT Boss' name**(Call her Dot), they rethought it and put me back with UPS B.

I won't go into too many details but basically as #2 in charge I ran the place with #3 in charge while #1 was missing in action. One morning, #3 and I were working in my office (the former supply closet...seriously...that adjoined the UPS B's office) #3 looked up and cocked her head. I looked at her and I knew that look. "Ignore it! Turn up the radio!" She turned it down and really screwed up her face listening. "Is that ? What's she doing in her office?" I put my pencil down and looked at her as I waited as a look of disgust spread across her face. "Oh MY GOD! Who's in there with her!?" I simply turned the radio up, pointed at the UPS packages piled in the hallway and went back to work. We kept that place in ship shape while the UPS B kept herself busy (....in her office....in her home while her husband was gone....in a dirty van behind the 7-Eleven). And, yes, when I left after a year that included having to look at the photographic evidence gathered by a PI, my work rep was okay if tattered a bit. Some assumed I ratted on her...I didn't, but I was told that she was being investigated...and she was fired. It was horrible.

**The reason for the tears? 13 years earlier in my early 20s and a new hire, fresh to California, no friends or family nearby, the boss, Dot, gave me excellent evaluations. Then she got very touchy feely. When I told her to stop, I was put on the road to being fired. It was to the point of signing a resignation letter when I told the HR man what was going on. Fellow workers more than backed me up and I got a reprieve. Men didn't get sexually harassed in the mid 80s so no surprise that the HR man asked why I didn't just f*** her. My only response was to hold up my hands and say "I eat with these hands!" I got a laugh from my union rep at least!

2. What are five things on my list to do today?
Smile, pass out awards, Smile, hope no one barfs on me during the BBQ at lunchtime, Smile

3. Snacks I enjoy? Dreyers Frozen Juice Bars

4. Things I Would Do If I Were A Billionaire? I'd set up a foundation to support & protect public education against right wing attacks that give half the facts, undermine our system of free and equal education for all and works to create a system of public education that gives public monies to private entities/schools while still allowing them to pick and choose their students.

Then I'd move to the beach and read.

5. Three of my bad habits? Biting my nails, staying up too late, driving too much

6. Five places I have lived? Omaha, Denver, Redlands, Rancho Cucamonga and, finally, I got it right with Claremont, California.

7. Five jobs I’ve had?
A/V Aide
but that is so insufficient to explain the job. I was what the timer/recorder on a VCR replaced. I turned on these enormous VCRs at all times of the day and night to record programs for my school district when I was in High school and for a few years more. I had a master key to the school...as a student--a master key!....and, yes, though I was a very responsible teenager there ARE stories, lots of stories!

Men's Clothing salesman - and a short time selling Women's Shoes. Ladies, don't go shoe shopping commando, please!

Teacher (Speech to Deaf/HH children, Kinder, 1st, 2nd, 5th gr)

Assistant Principal

Principal

8. How did you name your blog?
It seemed obvious.

2 comments:

Project Christopher said...

awards day eh? and BBQ? I wanna go!

Max'sDad said...

why didn't you just F*** her? oh yeah...sorry