Thursday, March 01, 2007

My office.

I still cannot see my blog, I cannot see most of the blogs I visit on a daily basis and -natrually-it has just struck me now what it is about blogging that I like.
I work alone, I work from home. I'm delightfully happy with this arrangement. I have never liked working for someone else-althought technically I do work for other people in that I get paid by outside agents, but I digress. Anyway I"ve been working alone for a number of years now and only yesterday did it dawn on me that while yes it's solitary, I do in fact have colleagues.
You lot are my colleagues, my office crowd, my water fountain chatterers.
On any given day I can-metaphorically speaking- come to work and chat with my co-workers. I can say good morning to Kav or Swearing as I shrug off my metaphorical coat, pop in on Kim who-like me- is working away diligently in his cubicle, I can gallop on over to Twenty and have a guilty snort of laughter. I can check my watch and wonder what time Sam might come in, we will wonder is Maroon alive and if Foot eater will every stop posting poetry. After coffee I can put on my thinking cap and swing by David's cubicle and get into a daily head shaking at Vox's corner. I'll wonder how Fat Sparrow is feeling and call into Pam's for a mid-morning coffee, and then back to work.
Some time in the early afternoon, the Americans show up for their shft and I, having worked for some hours, will be eager to take a break and see what they've gotten up to. I'll have some more coffee and pop about to stretch my legs, stopping off here and there to see what folk are up to, sometimes we'll chat, other times we'll just nod politely and pass on, we know we're there.
I might wander back to my cubicle and pick up and answer any notes left for me and then get back to work.
Back in the non metaphorical world when people say 'It must be lonely working alone' I can wrinkle my forehead at them and genuinely wonder what they're waffling on about.
'Alone?' I might spout perhaps waving an arm as I am wont to do. 'Alone! Are you mad? I"m part of a community, a bigger sphere, a global office. Alone? What rot! Good day to you.'
And it's true.
Or at least it would be if NTL has not buggered it all up. Now fully 80% of my co-workers are gone, snatched away in a faulty blip. And like a pupil on detention I am left listening to the echos, and scrawling my name in the dust, hoping someone might see it and know that 'I WoZ 'Ere!'

41 Comments:

Blogger Monstee said...

Me feel for you FMC, me know exactly how that am. Blogging blind am the worst and just knowing that friends am out there doing they stuff and you can no see it.... well it just plain sucks! In you little office analogy, it am like going to work and finding out they need you in mailroom in basement and you gonna be down there for while and no see anybody you use to seeing....

not to mention the paper cuts and that guy Francis who smell like he no bath and all that ink that smear on you paws and how come if they no want you to eat mail they make it so tasty and nobody come around to say it am lunchtime and we am all going out do you want to come with us so you just keep eating er.. me mean sorting mail and then you realize it am too late to go to lunch and everyone have gone home and nobody told you it am time to go home so you just eat few extra handfuls and mail and burn place to ground and dance around singing and.... hang on...

Can you even see this? If you am blogging blind, am you still getting comments? Me get me comments sent to me email, but if you no getting on blogger... am it getting to you? If no, disregard everything me just say and me just pray for you.

Mooches Smooches!

10:34 a.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

What an apt analogy! True, huh?

What the fuck is UP with blogger? How come you can't see this? To whom does one write in complaint about such things?

Bah. Can't see your own blog. It's just not right.

I'm all angry now.

2:07 p.m.  
Anonymous Jimmy Page's Trousers said...

Ahhhh. So that's why you were over in my department. Your water cooler's broken.

Feel free to help yourself but we only have those pointy cups that you can't put down.

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Blogger Boliath said...

"Did you hear about Donna in accounting?

I don't like to gossip - you know me, but I heard ... oh hi Donna, how are you? Good good, yeah cold today, k see you later.

What a bitch!"

I work in an office, I spend most of my day in my own office with the door closed, I wish I could be at home cuddling a cat and popping in to the ktchen for a cuppa every now and then, trouble is, I'd sleep all day and I know it so I have to come in to an office to actually get anything done.

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Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

Blogging deaf isn't easy either. Or dumb, I can attest to that.

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Anonymous madnessburgers said...

Haha! Afternoon americans... Brilliant!

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Blogger The Pillion Passenger said...

Colleague,

This is the most sinister case of company restructuring I have ever seen.

80% of the workforce - gone!

yours fraternally,

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Blogger Kav said...

The only question remains: how on earth do you get any work done with such a hectic chatting schedule?

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Anonymous Jimmy Page's Trousers said...

I see that your religious nutjob friend has taken advantage of your being incommunicado and posted a rather long comment about wanting to be gay or something.

Come back, FMC, and moderate. Moderate like the wind.

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