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Youʼre a long way from Wall Street

Thursday, August 31st, 2023 Alive 19,119 days

I shall work here today. But first, lunch.

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Unhappy hours

Friday, August 25th, 2023 Alive 19,113 days

The phrase “Itʼs five oʼclock somewhere!” is very useful for convincing oneself to consume alcohol. Itʼs less useful for convincing your boss to let you go home early.

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Narrow view

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023 Alive 19,111 days

I shall work here today. And also redact my screen.

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Smoke ʼem if ya got ʼem

Thursday, August 17th, 2023 Alive 19,105 days

A macOS operarting system update in progress

The companyʼs InfoSec team insists that itʼs super important that I update my computerʼs operating system as soon as possible.

So, I guess this is what Iʼm doing at work for the next few hours.

† “Information Security”

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Puppy sitting is a profession?

Thursday, July 6th, 2023 Alive 19,063 days

One of the buildings near me that has a WeWork co-working space in it proudly bears the companyʼs slogan on the front door: “Do what you love.”

I wonder if that sort of thinking is the reason the world is filled with puppy sitters, yoga instructors, and food trucks; but has a shortage of doctors, garbage men, and homeless advocates.

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Zoom excuses

Monday, April 17th, 2023 Alive 18,983 days

Guys, I gotta go. The cat just barfed on my computer plug.

The magic of work-from-home.

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You do that

Tuesday, December 28th, 2021 Alive 18,508 days

The roof of The Star

I shall work here today.

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Monday, November 12th, 2018 Alive 17,366 days

A cockroach on the wall at work

One of the bugs in my code has escaped, and is crawling up the wall.

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Thursday, November 8th, 2018 Alive 17,362 days

Itʼs open enrollment season again, so I went to a benefits seminar at work. Thatʼs where I learned that we have a party monkey benefit.

You have to actually pay for the monkey, but one of our employee benefits is a service that delivers rental monkeys. It's part of the stress reduction package.

Darcie is going to have the best birthday ever.

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 Alive 17,361 days

A woman caught by a bush

If youʼre fleeing from the police, donʼt try to hide under the bush in front of my office window. Because when the cops catch up to you and you try to run, your purse will get snagged on the branches, and no amount of texting will keep you from being frogmarched down to the curb in handcuffs.

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 Alive 17,360 days

My desk

Christmas in the cubicle.

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Friday, October 19th, 2018 Alive 17,342 days

Does it count as being “late” for work if the door to the building is blocked by cops frisking a lady?

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Friday, August 31st, 2018 Alive 17,293 days

A hasty review

Sometimes I feel bad for the people who have to work with me.

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Tuesday, January 6th, 2004 Alive 11,942 days

My WGN-TV business card

Well, I guess Iʼm officially a big time TV producer. No more small markets. No more medium markets. No more large markets. Iʼm officially in a major market and a verifiable employee of Tribune Broadcasting. The official certification came this morning when I arrived at my desk and found a box of business cards with my name and the WGN-TV logo. Aside from an employment contract, it doesnʼt get more official than that.

This is important to me in two ways:

  1. I didnʼt have to beg and plead and cajole and worry about how the expense of a box of business cards might wreck the stationʼs finances.
  2. It just automatically happened. People in Chicago seem to have an interest in getting things done, rather than inventing excuses for why things canʼt be done.

It wasnʼt that many years ago when I had to go all the way up to the president of the West Virginia Radio Corporation to get permission to have business cards so I could do my job as a reporter. He said it was perfectly fine, and to order them that day. So I did. A week later, they were ready. A week after that I was confronted by the station manager freaking out about the $34 bill for my business cards.

I donʼt know what WGN-TV business cards cost, but I doubt anyone in this building cares.

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