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New I report with grim satisfaction
That the local jefe, who took a personal dislike to me when he arrived three or four years ago, and who exercised that want of sympathy to the very considerable detriment of my position within BDS/San Francisco, has left the organization to spend more time with his family (this apparently happened two or three weeks ago, but I am so little wired anymore into the bush telegraph here that I have only just learned of it).

cordially,
New Not bad. But nothing beats when a phb is taken out in cuffs.
M quit a job a few months ago to get away from a bad phb. She texted me the following:

She was not aware that there was a camera in the director of nursing office. She was filmed stealing the DON's engagement ring off her desk. Cops came into bluebell viewed the tape put her In hand cuffs and walked her through the building and out the front door. It must have been a very expensive ring bc she can't afford her bail
New I have a tentative luncheon date
…next month with a former colleague across town (now a management puke, but I did her a few favors back when we were neighbors down on the food chain, and she remains favorably disposed these many years later), who promises to fill me in on the juicy details. I don’t know what went down, but if handcuffs were not involved, it was nevertheless something that got some senior knickers very twisted indeed, and I gather that the closest the negotiations got to talk of a golden parachute was to have the plane fly low over a brackish marsh before they kicked the guy’s ass out the cargo door sans silk.

cordially,
New "Spend more time with the family" is nearly always a euphemism
It generally means they're the only ones still willing to have you. Someday I hope to see a press conference where the departing bigwig says "... in order to spend more time with my family ..." and the wife leans in to the mic to say, "I don't fucking think so."
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Drew
New Re: "Spend more time with the family"
The euphemism was mine. I don’t think that any formal announcement has been made (and the guy has not been seen in the here in Flatline Building for many moons, so it’s been something of a long goodbye), but there doesn’t seem to be any doubt that they fired his sorry ass.

cordially,
New Then I indeed heard it exactly as you meant it
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Drew
New Yeah, and from what I hear
…it may have been his contravention of “don’t get laid where you get paid” that started the ball(s) rolling, although the fall may have ultimately played out along “coverup worse than the crime” lines. I’m looking forward to learning the details. In any event, good riddance.

cordially,
New Probably won't help you any
I've never seen "I told you so" actually help.
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Drew
New help is irrelevant
Five months. The middle manager to whom I now report is afraid of me. They want to keep me, if not happy at least not too disgruntled as I convert various bits of my Mac-based work product into crude Windows equivalents (crude because they’ll have to be rendered into MS Word form—there’s no way BDS will rent the Adobe suite of apps, and so far as I can tell, there’s only one other person on the payroll who’d be competent to learn these—and she’s not more than a year or two behind me on her way out the door). Both the software and the equipment are mine, since following the 2003 merger BDS, formerly Mac-agnostic, went all Windows jihadist on me.

cordially,
New Would that some correction might occur
should someone focus upon your talents--I still show around your bitchin 'background erasure!' re Sierra's picture--despite so little time now, to make any serious amends..

May you savor the feeling, as 0-hour looms and it is noticed that no ready replacement for all that lore ... is likely to emerge from present staff. Eh?
New Karma was a bit slow in moving there! :)
Alex

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-- Isaac Asimov
New finally had that lunch
…and boy-howdy! The story was more lurid by a league than I, with the worst will in the world, had been prepared to imagine. I’m actually rather surprised the guy wasn’t frogmarched out of the building in bracelets. IANAL, and maybe there’s some legal standard of which I’m not aware that has to be met before the word “embezzlement” (by no means the only particular in the figurative bill of indictment) can be tossed around, but I’m astonished, as is my informant, that the high sheriffs at BDS took as long as they did to shitcan the guy.

Amusing personal note: I never learned what it was that lay behind the almost impersonal animus the ex-boss (about thirteen years my junior) displayed, mainly in the form of malign neglect, in his dealings with me, but there was one bit of active dirt he did me that I particularly resented when he reduced my office real estate by half, on two days notice, a couple of years ago. Under previous regimes such a decision might have been made, but I’d have been summoned in advance of the fact to mahogany row and given a blindfold and a cigarette. You know: “Rand, we’re terribly sorry, but the space is needed, good of the organization, good lad, knew you’d understand.” Nah. The head of our Redacted Unit—not the International Division, which has fallen on hard times indeed, but an outfit that feeds off the import/export side of the business—came to me one day and said “You have to clear all this shit out of here by Friday.” Turns out the objective here was not to inflict hardship on moi, but to assist the head of Redacted in her empire building, one of many, many favors lavished on her by the now-disgraced boss, who was banging her (she ultimately turned “state’s evidence” once the mountain of misconduct could no longer be ignored, and while she remains on the payroll, she’s been given to understand that she should probably not make long-range plans based on any expectation of a rise through the managerial ranks here). Accordingly, l’affaire Room 110 at least served as one admittedly minuscule element in the case against the boss. Not that I’m getting the real estate back, but hell, with four months to go, who gives a shit?

cordially,
New Wow, you lead (or have led) such a thriller-like life!
Shades of, wossname, Demi Moore sexually harrassing Michael Douglas... Ah, Disclosure. (Thank you, IMDB Advanced Search!) Not with you as mr Douglas, and apparently with the roles reversed, but still; the feel of the whole thing.

My real estate at work consists of a desk and a little chest of drawers on rollers -- the latter of which encroaches on the space below the former, so the total is less than the sum of the parts. I ain't pitying you too much.
--
Christian R. Conrad
Same old username (as above), but now on iki.fi

(Yeah, yeah, it redirects to the same old GMail... But just in case I ever want to change.)
New Oddly enough, I’ve seen your office.
Like the high ceiling, though. Just fetched out the tape measure and determined that my remaining workspace is (approximately, and rounded down) a reasonably commodious nineteen feet wide by twenty-one feet deep, a little over four hundred square feet in total. That would be about thirty-eight square meters, for those of you who subscribe to the atheistic “metric” scheme of weights and measures. Of course, all that area doesn’t keep the place from being intolerably cluttered, since it has to accommodate books, equipment and supplies that in the palmier days of my political fortunes (and when the office was actually staffed and had a sort of budget) were strewn out across thrice the acreage. The first third was easier to lose than the second one. But stay!—I see rivulets of compassion starting from your eyes, and I cannot bear it when you weep.

cordially,
Expand Edited by rcareaga June 7, 2017, 02:41:52 PM EDT
New My favorite part of that clip ... note the office numbers
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Drew
New What's so funny about those?
DZ-015 and DV-048... I don't get it. That they're not contiguous?
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Christian R. Conrad
Same old username (as above), but now on iki.fi

(Yeah, yeah, it redirects to the same old GMail... But just in case I ever want to change.)
New You think?
Any room identifier that is more likely to cause confusion is an anti-pattern.
--

Drew
New Your office is larger than the dollhouse I live in
     I report with grim satisfaction - (rcareaga) - (17)
         Not bad. But nothing beats when a phb is taken out in cuffs. - (crazy) - (7)
             I have a tentative luncheon date - (rcareaga) - (6)
                 "Spend more time with the family" is nearly always a euphemism - (drook) - (5)
                     Re: "Spend more time with the family" - (rcareaga) - (4)
                         Then I indeed heard it exactly as you meant it -NT - (drook) - (3)
                             Yeah, and from what I hear - (rcareaga) - (2)
                                 Probably won't help you any - (drook) - (1)
                                     help is irrelevant - (rcareaga)
         Would that some correction might occur - (Ashton)
         Karma was a bit slow in moving there! :) -NT - (a6l6e6x)
         finally had that lunch - (rcareaga) - (6)
             Wow, you lead (or have led) such a thriller-like life! - (CRConrad) - (5)
                 Oddly enough, I’ve seen your office. - (rcareaga) - (4)
                     My favorite part of that clip ... note the office numbers -NT - (drook) - (2)
                         What's so funny about those? - (CRConrad) - (1)
                             You think? - (drook)
                     Your office is larger than the dollhouse I live in -NT - (crazy)

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