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Evening musings - 1370°C

Mar. 19th, 2006

01:00 am - Evening musings

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Last night, i sat home rather than go to V for Vendetta with everyone (downtown too much hassle and too far away), going to ickle_tayto's party (*really* too far away), to a going away drinking thing for someone at my job (don't care that much that she's going, just damned lazy), or to damndirtyzombie's St. Paddy's Day work shindig (social anxiety). It was quite nice to stay in, and since i haven't updated in ages, i figured, in addition to attempting to tidy up and zone in front of telly/video games, i'd update massively.

On Thursday, I had my first experience with honest-to-foo

The folks at my job are generally pretty calm, respectful, and pleasant. On Thursday, that all changed. Everyone seemed to magically transform into a combination of a Speaker's Corner nut and the participants in a big game of Telephone. I don't even know where to start this story, as the way that it occurred and the logical sequence of events are both so random. So i suppose, in the great tradition of writers, i will begin at the beginning (at least for me). Rumour had it that Dr. C had hired someone new. This was, at first, cause for celebration as we're incredibly short-handed right now (by this i mean that some Techs work alone and if we ever need time off, there's no one to cover for us), and what with the crazy Summer season approaching, we need good people (addendum: we're currently hiring Techs. No experience necessary. Decent pay, incredibly satisfying and lovely work environment; apply, damn it).

Mid-morning, i casually asked Dr. C about the hire and when he would start. Her response was "when he gets out of jail," upon which utterance she giggled like a schoolgirl and ran off, promising to tell the story later. At the time, i thought this was funny. Skip to actual events. Evidently, shortly before i was hired, a long-time employee who was family friends with Dr. C had been fired for repeated craptacularness. As "they" tell it, this guy, D., called in sick weekly, disrespected the younger Veterinarians, and was a general pain in the ass. The Clinic is loathe to fire anyone, even for incompetence, and it was a great day of celebration when this particular employee was let go. Supposedly, it's Clinic policy never to rehire someone who was fired. This guy's been asking for his job back, and being denied by our office manager, B., ever since.

This week, he was arrested for failure-to-appear warrants (speeding) while drag-racing in town. He phoned Dr. C. from jail and, in the course of this collect conversation, she somehow offered him his job back. He starts in around a week. Everyone is *livid.* My dear Dr. G was on anxiety medication when this guy worked for the hospital before--he stressed her out so questioning her every action (incidentally theravada, she adores you and teh Bruce). The indomitable Dr. M actually lost her temper with him because he acted like such an ass to someone else. Our new head Tech, A., whose opinions i haven't heard in person yet as she wasn't working on Thursday, evidently felt that he treated her like an imbecile and a child.

Thursday afternoon was spent quietly (because Dr. C. was around and could pop up in the conversation area at any time) railing against this guy, worrying, and planning strategies to deal with him.

Me? Clearly, i don't have a personal opinion on D; i haven't met him and can't take other people's word for these things. But i have developed an opinion on the situation. Tell me if you think it's overboard. I'm usually one to trust in a gut reaction that's been supported by a bit of thought, but this whole thing makes me uncomfortable. My feeling is that maybe the guy is somehow different for his time away from the Clinic. He's been fired from 2 other Vet Hospitals in town despite his experience. It's possible that this taught him something. I don't want to walk into meeting someone with the sort of prejudice that would make my work environment bad if the personality and behaviour that have caused my entire Clinic to hate him have changed. However, i'm not willing to take any shit from anyone, either personally or on behalf of the Veterinarians i work for, whom i both respect and like. I fear that if D. walks in either like he owns the place (much of which has changed since myself and the other newbies have started) or with the attitude that Veterinarians with *years* more schooling and experience than he has should be continually questioned, that i'm going to have no choice but to give him a piece of my mind. Bah. I'm nothing if not stupidly loyal in what is probably a messed-up way (if that doesn't mean something to you, ask me for context, i've got far too much). Many of these people have bridged the gap into people i'd defend against the world. This fairly well means that my ability to hold my tongue against Outlanders is compromised.

I suppose i want this: i want there to be some little thing that makes him feel out of place...like he doesn't quite belong until he proves himself to be a valuable and decent member of the group. I want both my Veterinarians and the new, less-experienced members of the Tech staff not to have to worry about this guy. I've thought of making us all name tags before he arrives. Just little plastic pin tags that say our names and "Veterinary Technician" or "Receptionist" or whatever. Not something obligatory; just some little thing to let him know that this isn't the place he left and we won't tolerate attitude. I don't know. I reckon there's just nothing more galling to the sort of personality i've been led to believe he has than something that subtlety says "yeah, we just don't do it like that any more." Perhaps it's petty to be preparing for the worst. Perhaps i've been too influenced by the others' opinions. This is just how it feels and, just as we've left behind all the annoying/weak elements of our little work-family, i'd hate it to become unbearable again.


If you're not interested in my job, perhaps you'd like to hear about

Right now, i'm kicking myself for not having made a day-by-day log of the loveliness, but since i didn't, i'll just write my general highlights. If past memory serves me (and it nearly always does), these will be the bits i remember too long anyway.

Waiting for nephster13 at the airport was an exercise in anticipation. His plane already an hour late, i had another hour to worry that...yeah ok, this is *really* dumb...i somehow wouldn't recognise him off the plane, or that something or other would be weird. Shock, shock, horror, horror, my stupid worries were unfounded and not only did i notice him from far off by a hat i'd never actually seen him wear, but it was immediately lovely to have him around.

We ran off to netan9el and barjack's place so he could freshen and change and then we were off to the worst night i'd ever seen in KGB. I suppose he didn't mind too much, what with being sleep-deprived, but it was definitely not a thing i'd have wanted to bring a guest to (see the previous post about that night in KGB if you're interested).

In the following days, the theme seemed to be shopping. There were lots of fun American things that nephster13 wanted to hunt for/purchase in a good capitalist fashion, so i braved my fear of shops and malls to accommodate him. Highlights of shopping included a guy in an anime store in the mall telling myself, nephster13, and damndirtyzombie that we looked like we were in a band. He proceeded to tell us each what role we'd play in the band and decide that nephster13 looked like Bono. ;). The visit to Super Wal-Mart that caused nephster13's eyes to widen to the size of saucer plates in fear. Seeing much the same physical reaction, but due to awe instead of fright, when he saw Best Buy. Trying to find Liquid Smoke and dream-catcher earrings (the end of that story later). The crazy guy in the Army/Navy store. The fact that the girl who works in in NotGothic knows who i am by sight now. Too much time in the Western Warehouse. Watching nephster13 count US change.

In not-shopping, we went to Santa Fe, where i discovered again that there's really nothing to do there that doesn't involve St. John's or Horseman's (i suppose i didn't notice while i lived there because i was too involved in school and too in love to see it); on a positive note, at my alma mater, i saw an old friend and also a respected professor both of whom seemed to remember me fondly. We went with damndirtyzombie, barjack, and netan9el to the Jemez--one of the more brilliant day-trips i've taken in town--we were all stuck in a beautiful freak snowstorm at Soda Dam, saw Battleship Rock, and i finally got to share the Bradbury Science Museum (just as neat as i remembered it) with people who didn't go to The College. The most impressive thing was driving through the section of the forest that was burned back when i was in college...the Los Alamos fire that caused ash to fall on Santa Fe. I remember seeing the smoke and the ash, but i'd never actually seen the aftermath of the blaze. The trees are still burnt. Even in winter, it's still painfully obvious that something went terribly wrong there. Yet, as in all disasters, there was beauty in the breakdown. The aquarium seemed a bit piddly this trip, mostly as the eel tunnel seemed devoid of the sheer number of massive, evil-looking eels that usually give me the creeps. Still, the incandescent jellyfish tube and the fish wall did not disappoint. The three of us had a long drive and a breathless walk to see the view at the Crest. My co-workers amused and traumatised nephster13, as it their way. The kitties all fell immediately in love, and i had to physically stop nephster13 from packing my Mina in his carry-on. We wandered around in Snob Hill and took in the sights, such as they are. I frightened nephster13 with green chile and boba tea, but in all fairness, he was a good sport about trying new things. And yes, in a Love Actually sort of way, everyone loved his accent ;) Much to his chagrin, none of them seriously tried to chat him up though (at least not while i was listening). ;P

The second night in KGB, and nephster13's last night in town was damn near perfect. Sadly, damndirtyzombie didn't feel well and opted to stay home, which was the only down side. We were in early and complaining a bit that no one seemed to be there at all, when not only did people that matter finally show up, but we were surprised by a _wirehead_ sneak attack. The music was good, the club was full but nowhere near crowded, nephster13 ran off with barjack for a bit (methinks they've bonded ;), and he even danced for awhile. Suddenly it was 2am, the first time i'd been to KGB until they closed shop. We headed to Denny's {shudder} with _wirehead_ and her entourage for a bit, ate some nibbles, and then i had to get nephster13 home so he could catch a few hours sleep before having to get on a plane the next morning.

The last few hours...sad. Not, somehow as sad as when i left Dublin, but i suppose i have more faith that i will see nephster13 again than i have that i will get to live in Dublin again. We puttered around the airport giftshops, and, after having scoured several Native American shops in town and in the Maul, the dreamcatcher earrings he'd been searching for magically appeared--and cheap too. I fetched a little, cheezy gift for endon_neu, and sent nephster13

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From:_wirehead_
Date:March 19th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
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the Moray eels also give me the creeps.

also: my entourage?? bwahahaha!

...i miss you.
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From:nephster13
Date:March 19th, 2006 08:07 am (UTC)
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Great. Now, when people ask me what I did in the States, I'll just point them to this :) Miss you xxx
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:March 19th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
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Phbbt. Well, i *did* wait till you'd have had the chance to tell people what you did.
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From:barjack
Date:March 20th, 2006 09:36 am (UTC)
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This is a test to see how many physical times one can write the code "lj-user-equals-nephster13" in one literary discourse.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:March 20th, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
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You know what no-one likes? :P

Actually, i usually use Semagic to post, so i just have to click and select his username.
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From:barjack
Date:March 20th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
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Semagical.

What does no-one like? Herpes? France?
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:March 20th, 2006 11:19 am (UTC)
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I think you mean Semoxious!

No one likes the brain worms, which you will get, if you don't stop being a smart ass. And that will just attract head pigeons, and it's all over from there ;P
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From:gothaminserenia
Date:March 19th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
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It's a movie I know you'll appreciate. Go see it!
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:March 19th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, i went to see it the following day. It definitely rocks.
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From:ickle_tayto
Date:March 20th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
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we missed you at the party..

this whole living on a different continent excuse is really wearing thin you know.. you should really come up with a new one :oP
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