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I was having a late lunch today with one of my fellow managers. We were at the Statehouse Square food court. The peak had passed, and by the time I'd inhaled my pizza the place was starting to thin out.

That's when I noticed the 50-ish besuited man at the end of the next row of tables. He had gray hair and a lined face heading toward 'jowley'. He was picking at his lunch and reading a book. All unremarkable stuff, until I saw him set his Styrofoam soda cup on the chair next to him and pop the lid off. Also in the chair was his leather brief bag. From the bag his slipped a pint of Popov Vodka. A glug of vodka went into the cup. The pint went back into his bag. He put the cup back on the table and resumed sipping while he read.

I could only think, man, you must have the mother of all suck jobs.

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half_elf_lost
Apr. 11th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
Let's hope he didn't head back to Hartford Hospital for his afternoon surgical rounds...
netcurmudgeon
Apr. 11th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thankfully, he looked more like a middle manager than a surgeon. That's a scary thought.
half_elf_lost
Apr. 12th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
I've been thinking of all the unfunny things you wouldn't want him to be...

- Driving instructor
- Bank teller
- Window washer
also_huey
Apr. 11th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
There's a steakhouse/brewpub, a mexican place with a bar, and a pizza place with a bar all a block from my office. I'd be lyin if I claimed that there haven't been days when my lunch required a little extra lubricant goin down.

There's advantages and disadvantages to working for a small but rapidly-growing company. Getting in on the ground floor of the stock options and profit-sharing, and having the air of seniority-awe for being one of the Old Ones ("OMG he's been here FIVE WHOLE YEARS!") can be a benefit. But living through the infrastructure and support personnel growing pains can be annoying, and it's downright heartbreaking when they pass the "no beer in the office" rule.

One guy actually cried as he carried his beer fridge out to the car. Course, I was still in cubeland at that point, so I just kept a fifth of gin and a six-pack of tonic water locked in my desk.
netcurmudgeon
Apr. 11th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
...and it's downright heartbreaking when they pass the "no beer in the office" rule.

I was utterly floored eight years ago on a visit to Bay Networks in Billerica, Mass. when our host showed us the kegerators in the break areas. Despite being a multi-million dollar corporation they still had free beer Fridays in the development building. I can only assume that that went the way of the Dodo one they got bought by Nortel.

also_huey
Apr. 12th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
It really depends on the company. AOL here still has 'beer bash fridays', but we're a little more, er, 'regulated' than that. Here, prior to the explicit ban on alcohol on company property, the unofficial official policy as it was explained to me when I was hired was "No getting out of hand. No throwing up in trash cans, no passing out on a desk full of empties. Basically, if we don't notice it, it didn't happen". So it was always pretty low-key even when it was allowed, not like they were wheeling in kegs of Newcastle Brown or anything...
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