The Good, the Bad, and the UGLY!
Okay, let’s set the record straight. Dangerspouse has been misleading y’all to believe that he’s uglier than me. His heart’s in the right place but honey, it simply ain’t true.
Now I know you’ve heard monster stories all your life. Loch Ness, Bigfoot, Chupalcabra, Kraken, Godzilla, and undoubtedly others local to your part of the world. Compared to me, those babies are rank amateurs. I have a face that could sink a thousand ships, a mug so ugly that it’s registered as a deadly weapon. My mere silhouette has been known to render small animals unconscious at fifty paces, and a full-face view can paralyze everything living within a five-mile radius, for a solid week.
Remember the Addams Family? Remember the matriarch, Grandma Addams? I make her look like a 16-year-old beauty queen. I have the kind of face that inspired Cousin It.
Just thought it was long past time for me to let folks know how it REALLY is.
Now that we've got the important stuff out of the way, on to the diary natterings of the evening.
I spent the day growling at computers, and dreading next week. It will be the first of the month, and I will be dealing with both getting all the kinks worked out of our new computer billing system, and teaching said system to a new hire. Provided, of course, that I hire someone this week. I have been interviewing folks for the past couple of weeks, in hopes of finding someone both computer literate and who can cope with the normal insanity of the business.
Given that our local community college is still in the Abacus Stage, that's no small task.
In the interim, I am literally trying to do three full-time jobs, which is why you'll likely see me posting at outrageous hours and often pounding out drivel that's marginally coherent at best. Believe it or not, I do have a fair mastery of the English language, and a passable familiarity with Spanish - along with a promise from a friend to teach me French. (The language, for pity's sake. If your mind's gonna be in the gutter, make it worthwhile and write some erotica, then post the link so I can read!)
We have had some interesting applicants, however. I have to give people credit for trying. We knew there was absolutely no chance we'd find anyone with experience with our particular system, so we asked for someone who's computer literate and with a background in accounting.
Well... One applicant is an experienced dog groomer. We figured she'd be good with the politicians, but probably not the best solution for the computers. We also got a resumé from an exotic dancer. Friend said if nothing else, our collections would probably increase, though we might be raided. I think my boss was considering her for a while but realized it was defeating the purpose if we hired her and still needed a computer person.
We got a resumé from one person who would be absolutely a godsend - he's got a degree in computers, has experience with high tech, setting up streaming and T1's, etc., etc. Trouble is, he's in Quebec and we're in Arizona. We're going ahead with the paperwork to get him here, in reality, but INS said it's a good five-month process to bring him in, and I'll be calling in dead long before then.
I have one more interview to do tomorrow, after which point I'll tell my boss who to hire. Hopefully the new hire will start Monday, and within a couple of weeks my schedule will drop back to my normal 14 hour days again!
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )