May 30, 2006

So, My Glasses Are Finally Fixed.

They got broken while I was working for The Stepfather and his Stepford Wife. The computer screen was set up at the back of my desk, so the focal point was out past the range of my reading glasses. I don't have bifocals, so I had to keep switching back and forth between my driving and reading glasses. Off, on. Off, on.

Finally one of the screws gave way on my reading glasses while I was reviewing proofs on the July issue. I read all the finals for August without them, fighting headaches all the way. My reward? No time off to get the things fixed. Then I got fired.

O how I miss that job.

Posted by Attila Girl at May 30, 2006 05:41 PM | TrackBack

I cried whn I read your piece! It's like the "Trials of Job" for my generation! I'll do my best to get you a national holiday, someday! Or at least The Congressional Medal of Freedom!

Now, barring fixing my glasses(which I probably would have done), I might have turned my desk around so that I was sitting at the back, rotated the monitor, and created a little shelf for my keyboard. Or simply detached the monitor from its mooring and moved it forward, adding a little bracket to stabilize the thing(think the back of a picture frame). Heck, in California, you could have claimed multiple chemical sensitivity disorder and had them construct you a hypoallergenic satellite office with an appropriate monitor. Or taunted them with the Americans With Diability Act(I'm sure presbyopia qualifies!).

The bottom line is, I know you loved your job and I'm sure you did it extremely well. You just needed to be free for your real dream job, truth be told. It's coming! You can mourn for a little bit, though. And take care of those health issues, while you're at it...

Posted by: Darrell at May 30, 2006 07:40 PM

My tummy is much better. I think it was stress + middle age. But I will have all the usual tests run, of course.

Posted by: Attila Girl at May 30, 2006 08:32 PM

Good to hear!

Posted by: Darrell at May 30, 2006 09:15 PM

...But go right ahead and assume that the prayers had nothing to do with it. Don't fret, I'll tell St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Symphorosa, and the rest that you had no idea. I can't afford to get anyone miffed, if you know what I mean!

Posted by: Darrell at May 31, 2006 11:00 AM

Um...Someday will you regale us with the actual Firing Words used at this place? We need a good fix of Instant Outrage On LMA's Account from time to time.

Ya know. Adrenaline rush, all that. It's good for us.

Posted by: k at May 31, 2006 11:41 AM

K: It would be pretty funny to share a few excerpts. I'll think about it.

Darrell: that's downright sweet. And I had no idea you were Catholic (or is it Orthodox?).

Posted by: Attila Girl at May 31, 2006 11:59 AM

It's Catholic. And thanks a lot! That sounds like something that could be used against me on Judgment Day!(So you lived your life so that no one knew you were a Catholic?) I see you don't remember your "I'm a half-assed Catholic..." posting. Or your commenter's.

They're just part of my special 'posse' for stomach ailments. Specialists, actually. Before you scoff, how's your health plan?

Posted by: Darrell at May 31, 2006 07:44 PM

I can't keep the biographical info straight on all my readers. I just recall that they're 90% engineers . . . ;)

Actually, I like to tell people that I converted to Catholicism because I found out about St. Anthony. Any faith that has a guy dedicated to helping people find lost things has a leg up on all other religions, if you want to know the truth.

I'd rather have saints on my sides than doctors, but I'll take both, thankyouverymuch.

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