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04:50 pm - The Long, Dark, Quitting-Time of the Soul
I hate workdays like this.

There comes a point before I go home in the afternoon where I don't have enough work to last me through the rest of the day. I can't leave early because I committed myself months ago to being the guy who can hang around to take phone calls in the evening. I can't screw around online because there's only so much of that I can get away with before I start to feel really guilty. Sure, I have eBooks on my computer, but Lovecraft is always a taxing read, I just reread almost all of my Douglas Adams, and the Visa Resolve Online r5.1 manual is just not doing anything for me right now.

Sometimes I reach this point at 4:12 PM, other times at 4:48. Today it happened sometime around 3:20, and I've been looking busy since.

Most days are not like this. Indeed, most of the time when I post from work I start writing a little after 8:00 in the morning and make my actual post around the time I leave for the day. The text gets written in bursts between short tasks or when I need a break in the middle of a long one. Today's entry isn't one of those, however. I started this one at about 4:25, and (except for the occasional e-mail check) I'm just going to plow straight through until either I reach a logical endpoint or it's time to go.

I don't mean to imply through the ennui of my afternoon that this has been an uneventful day, however. Actually, a lot of things happened. We had one of our big, quarterly, "let's get status reports from all of our managers" meetings this morning. That's why my afternoon has been quiet. I had a bunch of time-sensitive tasks to complete after the meeting which caused me to miss my lunchbreak. By the time I was actually free enough to take it, I was alone and needed to stay here for the phone. Meh.

But what else? Well, I got to read a letter by an illiterate pottymouth who doesn't think he should receive overdraft charges just because he habitually overspends his debit card... Then I read a letter by a fellow who's upset that the movie theater he went to in Berlin "wouldn't turn on the English subtitles." I also have something on letterhead from the Timberlake family, with a note at the bottom proclaiming that they aren't related to Justin.

Oh, we just got a fax from someone who is upset that the pr0n site he pays $14.95/month for has pictures he's downloaded for free elsewhere. It's written in a slightly more gramatically-correct 733T5P34K, hence the "pr0n."

This is ridiculous. I need to find something to do.
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: Aforementioned Bastard -- Cum Into the Light

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Date:March 25th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
Now you know how my work day generally goes. Only, I tend to reach that point around 2:00 in the afternoon and I don't have Internet to even attempt to amuse myself with. Reading recently got outlawed, so... I sit.

Supposedly, I am getting Internet. Supposedly, I am getting Internet tomorrow. And yet - supposedly, I got Internet last week. Also supposedly I am getting it because I am also getting more job duties. I have a very hard time believing that one monthly newsletter is going to consume the extra 15-20 hours a week that I spend doing absolutely nothing.

The sucky part is, I could really use 15-20 hours a week at home to sew my wedding dress...
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Date:March 25th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
Damn. Sounds like this is your job day in and day out (well, I suppose it's always day in, but you know what I mean). This isn't such a frequent occurrence where I work, but I depend on somebody else for most of my work, and he's been filling in for someone who's out so it's been really sporadic. Of course, I'm not really allowed to use the Internet and I should at least look busy, even if I'm not.
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Date:March 25th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC)
Wow, that's a lot of downtime. Since reading is outlawed and internet appears to be non-existant, could you bring parts of your wedding dress to sew at work?
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