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My new work monitor, of course. The IT guy at my office decided to surprise me with a yummy and gigantic (I'm assuming 19", but it could very wekll be 21") flatscreen monitor. I was duly surprised, but managed not to refer him to vlosk and spaz_own_joo, who did a far better job at the increasingly widespread sport of "surprise me with helpful new tech toys". Of course, my house has better hiding places than the office does.

Work continues to be generally positive. For the past few days I've been helping sort customer-satisfaction surveys for $LARGE_BUSINESS_TRAVEL_AGENCY, since we're several days behind on that project (at one point the case backlog was up to five digits). It's an interesting little insight into our new corporate overlords.

I occasionally imagine that I can discern someone's rank from the responses they make, but I'm entirely aware that that's just volunteering to feed my personal stereotypes. It still makes me chuckle when I run into another executive who freely admits that they have no idea what's going on because their assistant books all their travel and such minor matters are beneath their notice. Or another who complains about an utterly unbearable five minutes on hold, or only having 3 towels per day in the hotel room they're sharing with their husband.

Not to mention the sort whose praise for the in-house $L_B_T_A agent (almost invariably female) is so effusive and borderline condescending ("gals"?) that the page almost seems to have one of those MySpace-esque embedded background tracks, repeating 70s porno music or simply an endless refrain of "wink wink, nudge nudge, knowwhatImean, knowhwatImean?". (My mind, I'll admit, lives permanently in the gutter, but we all know what subtext is an anagram of.)

Then, of course, there are the Caps-Lock employing, screeching sort, who end sentences with fifteen exclamation points and generally leave me confused not only that they found gainful employment, but that their employers let them out of the cage without fear that they'll fling feces all over the plane.

And the sane and sensible-sounding ones, but who wants to talk about them?

There's another voice-mail from my old boss Charles, waiting for me like the Bakrog in Moria. It's times like this that I wish there was a polite way to say, "No, I don't want to work with you or your collection of crazy old Chinese men, maintain your hilariously obsolete computers or your pathetic excuse for a website, and really just wish you would die in a fire."

There probably is in German. There's a word for everything in German, as long as you're not worried about writer's cramp or sounding like an entire army of frogs is camping in your throat.

-D.

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airiseverywhere
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
All this made me chuckle. And of course, the reference to LOTR. Nice touch.

German is such a harsh language that I'm sure that you could kind your chosen phrase in it, though I'm also sure that some obscenities could be thrown in as well and none would be the wiser.

It's also a funny language as well. My last name is german. While my brother was in the Army and stationed in Germany, people laughed at him if he didn't clearly enunciate our last name properly. It's Freyer. *Fry-ER* If pronounced *Fry-HER*, that's the German word for "John", or a prostitute's customer. *teehee*
paleshadow
Aug. 18th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm always glad to amuse. :P

Really? I didn't know that Freiherr had that...interesting additional meaning. I should have asked my German teacher - he was always a laid-back guy, he might have known it.

-D.
chantillary
Aug. 19th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
Congratulations...
But mine is still begger. Or is that bigger still?

I've now got my 19" LCD as my second monitor, and my 27" widescreen LCD TV as my primary.

Buying demo model at compusmart saved me $500, but still cost me ~750. :)

paleshadow
Aug. 19th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Congratulations...
I should probably have pointed out that said monitor is merely mine to the extent that my cubicle is mine, but I figured it was clear enough.

Still, nice setup you've got. Terrifying, but nice.

-D.
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