I may be new to the professional world, thanks in part to the snooze button of life that is graduate school, however I have been shocked to find the status of things. It is not a shock to me however why we are 1) in a severe economic depression or 2) environmentally backwards. I have been fortunate enough to have a very environmentally minded family that believes in (and practices) a very strong work ethic. I have also been fortunate enough to live all over the county and across the pond (Army Brat FTW!). All things considered, I've lived a very comfortable life with an ample supply of diversity and culture. I also was able to spend 6 wonderful years in a beautiful college town with progressive students despite the underpinnings of a strong republican regime (I mean hello, we have the Corps of Cadets). Furthermore, my first real delve into professionalism occur ed in the Never Never Land that is Key West, Fl.
So now that you have a few small snapshots of my life, maybe you can understand why I'm sitting here at my desk silently screaming and silently looking around, mouth open in bewilderment. I am at work, like wear a suit, wake up at 6:15 to take a shower, have my gf do my hair and makeup and drink shit tons of coffee, work. So, if you're at work, why are you writing a blog? Good question! I'm writing this blog, at work, because it's the least of "non-worky" things I've witness just this first hour today. If people can a) make personal phone calls to their laid off husband discussing whether or not the flan their daughter brought today was going to make it to 1pm Spanish class without being refrigerated, b) speak above a whisper to co-workers for 20+ minutes about their horse and their friend who works with the Queen of England's horses, and c) hang out in the kitchen "making coffee" when really it looks like they're trying to sleep standing up, then I don't know why I can't write a friggin blog about how mad I am about it!
Shut up and get to work! Work, remember work? That's what you get paid to do! No wonder we are in the worst economic depression ever, nothing is happening because no one is doing anything!!!! The funny (and by funny I of course mean most maddening) thing about it is that all of this is going on while businesses are spending bundles and bundles of money to have IT professionals block websites and restrict internet access. I would like to state for the record that the young people entering the workforce with vast amounts of computer knowledge are 350% more efficient and productive than the oldies who can barely Google something, let alone program. Yesterday a co-worker (alright I'll cut him slack because he is probably as old as my grandparents*) asked me to Google something for him. Googled and found the document in less than 30 seconds. Then found the specific section in the poorly formatted document in less than 3 minutes (<3).> character in Liar, Liar with the pen (this pen is rrrr-rrrr-rrroyaal bllluuueee), I cannot not recycle. So I fill my lunch bag with all my recyclables and at the end of the work day I take them home. Recycling is just the day-to-day office type interaction. Almost every car in the parking lot is a fuel-inefficient SUV, we have a pod coffeemaker (hello extra packaging much?) and there are lights in the office that stay on all day and night. And these are just the things I can think of to rant about right now while I can't even hear myself think (I need my own office or at least my own cubicle!)
In other, less ranty news, I finally did the Wii Active!! Woo hoo. It was a purdy gud workout too. For those who care (which is no one considering my following is zero), the lunges kicked my ass! Looking forward to working up a sweat tonight
In other other news, LOST was freakin' amazing last night!!!
*My grandparents may be getting up there, but they can still use a computer and seem to find the mental capacity to forward me a million of those musical e-mails.