Friday, December 31, 2004

stand by your man

The little punk girls just love Noland. I respect 'em for it, how could they not? But sorry ladies, no can do. So we're out at a show and I didn't think it was all ages, but either this girl had a great fake ID or I really am getting old. But she notices his Misfats shirt and starts chatting it up - and he of course loves to talk about the band so they're chatting away as I approach with drinks - I give him his, but am talking with someone else so I'm just kinda standing near his elbow when suddenly this chic just pushes over in between us......

"who's SHE?!"

she's loaded, so I just say 'hi, I'm Jennifer' and back to my conversation. I do realize at this point though that she thinks that she's hitting on Noland and that he's beginning to realize it as well - so in that lovely way that we can read each others minds on occasion we decide to mess with her.

He becomes more chatty and friendly to her and she's just all excited. I can see her giving her friends the look - that she thinks she's snagged herself a punk rock boy for the night. Her newly purchased Hot Topic outfit worked! So I take that moment to lean over and give him a squeeze. So then I get the other look - that don't you mess with my new found man look. (Of course she's obviously not bright to notice that we're both wearing wedding rings...but that's another story.)

This continued for a bit, but we weren't going to make it much longer without busting out into serious laughter, so while tacky in most situations, it was rather amusing here to just starting making out in the middle of the bar. I think she was about to swing at me actually when one of her friends suddenly got bright and noticed the rings.....and the fact that we were now, along with our friends that were with us - openly laughing at her.

Ah the fun of messing with the kiddies.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

new job holiday perks

So not only is it amazing and refreshing to work again for a company that actually cares more about it's product, it's customers and it's employees than the president's condo redecorating and whether or not the employees are "properly dressed" to answer phones and work on computers in offices where they see no one but each other - but the perks are fabulous!

I've been talking about starting this new blog for a while - but have yet to actually get down to it with Noland and my ever crazy schedule. However this lovely holiday week between Christmas and New Years - I have completely off - and am free to do whatever my little heart desires. The company I'm at now is about 75% sales and they understand that nothing really will get done that week, so rather then have us all sit around and do half ass jobs of working in between discussing holidays plans and activities - we just shut down.

Between that, getting all of the lame holidays off (see Vet's Day, MLK Day, Pres Day etc.) and starting as a new employee with just 2 days shy PTO time then I'd earned after more than 5 years at TRM, getting canned from that evil dictatorship becomes more and more of a blessing each day. Things there had pretty much gone down the toilet the past 12 months once they removed the only decent executive the company has from our department to a new one, but with Noland unemployed I couldn't afford to leave. I'd planned on looking for a new job once Noland was established full-time with benefits at his, so the getting canned really just moved my timing forward by a few months. As well of course creating the best "why I got fired" story ever. It makes everyone, and I kid you not, everyone, exclaim the exact same "You're Kidding?!" I mean really, when you dumbfound the guy in the unemployment office who has to have heard them all you know it's a winner!

So as we kick off this new year here in a few days - cheers to new and better jobs and new and better blogs!