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Now, this is what I call job security...

We are... urgh, fucked doesn't even begin to describe it. I kid you not. There is so much work in the store right now I can't run any more because there's no place to put it. 300 SJR books to spin, and since the damn things are an inch and a half thick they have to be spun by hand. Then, there are the 300 UNR books, also coil bound, which are still running as I speak. Then, there are the 10,000 folds for BNM, and the 5000 folds for something else, and this is a custom bid, so they're getting the 5000 folds for free. Then there are the 2000 scores and hand fold, not to mention the 3 different IGT jobs, neither of which has anything less than 300 books. That, plus a few menial short jobs, will get us up to 8:30 this morning, and I haven't the heart to look further on. And it that weren't enough, someone on day shift decided that I should scan and print four different dead animal oversizes. Not to mention that the stupid people from the dead animal convention have been coming in all night with all sorts of stuff they want while they wait.

I shall take a certain sick satisfaction in the turnover this morning.

Meeting today was somewhat of a riot, but not always in a good way. Highlights included D. lobbing a slimfast bar at R. and St. doing his Igor impression. Lowlights followed when it was revealed that even though every single one of our MSM scores was much improved from last year (at or over the company, district, and sometimes region scores), and our "big three", ie payroll, supplies and machines, were significantly lower than last year (also better than region), and our region was number one in the country, we were going to get royally screwed (again) on performance evaluations. The entire problem, put rather succintly, is that corporate expects us to function as a production center (which exists not to make money directly but to drive the competitors out of business) while at the same time operating like a smaller, spoke branch and meet our impossibly high numbers, which we will never reach because part of being a production center involves bidding jobs out at or even below cost in order to prevent the customer from going to someone else. The bottom line? The way we are now, we will never, ever, ever hit our numbers, which also double as something like 90% of the factor in performance evaluations. So I can expect another $0.01 raise. Lovely, no?

In a surprising revelation, it seems that I was supposed to pick up kitty today from the vets. Of course, I didn't realize this until after five, so I can only imagine the things he will have to say to me later today. You haven't been insulted until you've been insulted by a cat. Trust me on this.

The simple solution for disappointment depression:
Get up and get moving. Physically move.
Do. Act. Get going.

-Peter McWilliams

Current read - Song in the Silence by Elizabeth Kerner.
A pretty decent fantasy read with dragons. Writing is okay, nothing great. Story is told well, though it's a pretty standard plot. Reminds me of another author, but I can't remember who right now. Worst, most irrelevant cover art ever.

Just finished - The Glass Harmonica by Louise Marley.
Okay, this one started out good, then it twisted, and by the end I was getting rather bored. A very musically oriented book, and while she didn't make any obvious mistakes, she missed some stuff. The inner geek that I am notices stuff like that. Fiction, but with a non-linear plot that nudges it into fantasy and enough weird science to be called sci-fi. The protagonists are both musicians, but like no musicians I've seen, and it's almost like the author changed her mind (and her plot) halfway through the book. Overall, not bad, but I was a little miffed at the end.


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Jan. 30th, 2003 09:15 pm (UTC)
I've read Song in the Silence... thought it was the greatest thing ever at the time, but that was a few years ago... I think I was in a major dragon phase. Don't know if I'd like it so much now.

Today I read The Stones Are Hatching by I'm-too-lazy-to-check, really pretty good. It begins with a boy meeting a Domovoi and goes on to include every nasty fairy ever. Ending's a bit disappointing, but until a few pages before that it's good stuff.
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