March 2nd, 2013

krazy koati

You act like I was a stranger

I've realized that my return visits have to inspire mixed feelings among the regular office staff. Everybody's glad to see me, really, because I do tend to be a liked person. At least, I listen pretty well, and if I think of a joke it's typically relevant to whatever was being discussed and usually has some unexpected element to it, and if I have to explain something I can usually avoid technical details in favor of what the experience of doing the thing is like. So that should make me a welcome presence. On the other hand, the boss only wants me around when he's expecting to be in the office, so my visits are going to correlate with his being in the office. That's not going to be a perfect match, of course, because the boss isn't that predictable, but it means if I'm around, the boss is sure to blow through the office at least one or two days that week.

In other news, the boss did finally get around to acknowledging the work done by two people in particular, and promote them to the rank of Vice-Presidents of various departments in the company. One of them is his secretary, who's been effectively the office manager ever since the old one retired (and the boss claimed he'd be his own office manager); she's certainly deserving of the title. Another is the head of the tech department (one of the guys I saw a lot of while doing presentations of things), and he's deserved it a long while too. At least, they've got the titles and I would hope a raise to go with.

Both are taking the promotion in mildly eye-rolling tones, which should tell you something about staff morale.

Trivia: On 2 March 1903 Milton Hershey broke ground on the first factory for Hershey, Pennsylvania. Source: The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars, Joël Glenn Brenner.

Currently Reading: The Whenabouts Of Burr, Michael Kurland. While a competently written novel about intertemporal thieves snagging precious artifacts from the various timelines which run through the nexus of Alexander Hamilton/Aaron Burr's alternate-history focal point, it hasn't got the touch of inspired madness of The Unicorn Girl or The Butterfly Kid.