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January 07, 2004

Brain is Toast

After my first two days on the job - I've been in training with my predecessor and the usual orientation stuff. Tomorrow I have to start proving myself. But judging by some of the perks - my own office, the fact that I can go to supply room whenever I want, breakfast every Monday, and the deluxe break room - a variety of coffees and chai, as well as the wall of microwaves, a toaster, and a bagel slicer - this is a much nicer firm than my last one. I'm a little skittish though as to how accessible I'll be online.

My new boss took me to lunch today. She startled me by asking me about my political leanings - I was startled more so by the simple directness of the question, as though she were asking me how I liked my coffee, cream and sugar. So without thinking I said I leaned to the left, which would have been enough, but I went on to express that I wasn't particularly happy with the current situation. That's as much as I said, but I realized I could have been more circumspect when she reacted with surprise and said how I'd balance out the spectrum in the department, as everyone else is fairly Republican. Nice, Lady C.

Well, she asked, didn't she? This Yankee liberal should remember that she's back in the South, where apparently it's no longer an issue for Southerners to have embraced the party of Lincoln. Anyway, the firm's not completely bluenose conservative; I gather that there are bluenose Dems as well. Oh well - I'm not one for political chitchat anyway - as much as I rant here on this space, such topics don't make for civil conversation in person.

Yours, &c., LC | 12:42 AM | Slice o' Life | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

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Well, I'll soon (at the end of this month, in fact) be joining you down there in Atlanta -- another Yankee liberal, slowly balancing out the spectrum in the whole city!

Posted by: mike at January 7, 2004 11:52 AM

I staggered on in here from a google search, What a great page! It's possible you and I have crossed paths on the 'net before since we seem to have several common interests. But in case we have not, here are the links to my own websites. :^)

http://www.curvynovels.com/


http://www.geocities.com/greenpartyvoter

~Jen

P.S. I love your portrait icon. I just rewatched "Sense and Sensibility" recently and am now on an "I love all things Regency kick". And an Alan Rickman kick. I think he is exactly as elegant and genteel as Ms. Austen had imagined Colonel Brandon, don't you?

Posted by: ~Jen at January 7, 2004 03:04 PM

to paraphrase kermit the frog, it's not easy being blue in a red state...

Posted by: francesa at January 8, 2004 02:54 PM

Coffee, chai, and a bagel slicer?! You are living the high life!

Posted by: tangognat at January 8, 2004 07:07 PM

you got it all, now! wooooo good snacks.

i think it was somewhat tactless for her to ask the question in the first place...as you say, it can make for uncomfortable conversation at work! :S

Posted by: Sulkbrarian at January 10, 2004 01:18 AM

A quaint idea - balance out Atlanta?

I should think that the boss should leave political discussions out of conversation. Bravo to you for being honest when many would have lied.

Posted by: Jay at January 12, 2004 09:08 AM