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the beautiful destruction

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Spell Check Is For Pussies

Ouch. Two sick days later and things still hurt. My bones ache and my throat feels like minced meat. But, oh well, duty calls. I must trudge forward and fight the good fight, advancing the knowledge of automotive, aerospace, and off-highway engineers the world over!

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Pictured: Work from the incredible Cody Hudson of Struggle Inc.

Sorry, I got kinda out of hand there. Mainly, I think I was pepping myself up, trying to place far more importance on my job than there really is.

You would think that after being absent for two days somebody in Cubesville might at least say: "How are you feeling?" or "Feeling any better?" or at least "Where the fuck where you?" Well, actually, the latter was kinda said to me... in a more roundabout way. It was guised in subtle, passive-aggressive emails: "I need the copy for [so and so's] article ASAP" or "From now on, can you make sure to correct all spelling errors before distributing copy among the editors?" Nice, very nice. I love the term ASAP, don't you?

Now you would think that the freelancers who submit copy to our prestigious and beautifully-designed magazines (I'm joking...the mags look like they were ganked straight from a Design 101 handbook... yeah! let's use tons of Photoshop filters and pretend we're artists) would at least have the brain power to hit Spell-Check in Word before submitting. Or better yet, when quoting somebody in their story, to make certain they have the correct spelling of said person's last name. But no, that's why I'm here, to clean up loose ends for people who make far more money than I do. But at least the writing is top notch, right? Nice try friend, but no. I agree, working with skilled wordsmiths would at least be inspiring. But, this is technical writing: the inspired need not apply.

Now that I'm foaming at the mouth and ready to stand atop my cube like Norma Ray, fist pumped in the air, I best cool down.

There is a bright side to all this. We're going out to lunch today. Yep, you guessed it. We're eating at a rib place called Smokey Bones.

Carnivores: 10, 547 pts.

Tree-huggin-animal-lovin-fags-but-you-eat-fish-right-vegetarians: 0

Over and outski.

Matthew "Commandante" Newton

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At 11:56 PM, Anonymous little g's mum said...

You are quite insightful about the place, Matt. I'm sorry to say but you can expect that the boss man is NEVER going to ask you how you are feeling (or next to never) -- but he will ask you how much weight you've gained during your pregnancy, oh, maybe you'll be spared that dozie -- and he's always going to remind you about spellcheck. Oh, and, he'll never ask the guy next door to you to do it. So glad I repeatedly poured my guts out on evaluations and meetings with HR about the leadership. Lot o' good that's done. Sigh. Hope your genes haven't cursed you there...sigh again... Try to remember it's merely a stepping stone on your path!

 
At 2:23 PM, Anonymous michellebug said...

honey, most people in the work world, expecially ones that are only children, ahhh emm, are extremely self centered. they believe that if the world is not turning around them, then the world is just not turning. i just had a conversation with me boss while she had her sunglasses on and was eating a lollypop. goood times!! there is more to that story but i am so annoyed right now i am just going to shut it.

 
At 3:17 PM, Anonymous little g's mum said...

Isn't it a shame that so often those in leadership positions are completely self-centered and have power issues??? Sorry you guys have to deal with them, M & M. TGIF -- and it's a long weekend!!! They must be unhappy people to behave in such a manner. Have some fun and try to forget about them for a bit (easier said than done, I know)!

Hope you're feeling better, Matt.

 
At 3:25 PM, Anonymous little g's mum said...

Oh and sorry that I got a little out of hand with my 1st post. I didn't mean to sound so negative. You just captured the essence of that place and I was having major flashbacks!!!!!!!!! It's not always so bad, right?!? (Right?!?) Look on the bright side: the paycheck, benefits, and the travel!!!!!!! Ok, will be quiet now.

 
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