New Job

Today is my last day as a carefree, lazy layabout. Tomorrow I’m starting my 9-5 office job! Not that I actually have to be in the office much until August. Or ever if I decide to pretend that I’m terrified of dropping dead the second I leave my house.

I asked the current Chair, what is the most difficult part of the job? Scheduling? Budgeting? Paperwork?

“Oh, you poor deluded idiot Clarissa!” he said. “All of that is easy. It’s the rabid bitches from hell people that are a total bloody murder difficult. Until you do this job, you never realize what absolute bastards how complicated some of your colleagues are. There are horrible nightmarish freaks individuals who are totally nuts like you have no idea have some issues. Dealing with that complete and utter dysfunction is what’s hard. Everything else is easy.”

After a pause, he added, “Although with your personality, it might be a lot easier.

10 thoughts on “New Job”

  1. I think Clarissa will love this new role as a bureaucrat! She’s even got her makeup fridge!

    OT:

    Russians grant Putin right to extend his rule until 2036 in landslide vote, initial results show

    …One-off payments of 10,000 roubles ($141) were transferred to those with children at Putin’s order as people headed to polling stations on Wednesday, the last day of the vote, held over seven days to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

    “I voted for the amendments to the constitution,” Moscow resident Mikhail Volkov said. “We need radical changes and I’m for them.”

    Others voted for the changes with less enthusiasm.

    “I didn’t read about the amendments if I’m honest,” another voter, Lyudmila, said. “What’s the point of voting if they’ve already decided for you. It’s like that in our country – read something and vote. I voted.”…

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    1. Wow, you really know me well. When I was a kid and people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, I’d say a bureaucrat. My sister and I actually played this game where we were bureaucrats. She was about 4-5, so it was all my own making.

      Finally, a childhood dream comes true!

      As for the Russian vote, if this doesn’t show that Ukrainians and Russians are a different culture, I don’t know what will.

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  2. Happy Canada Day!
    Reopening the Canada-U.S. border will be a long, piecemeal process

    …With the United States adding 40,000 new cases of COVID-19 each day, the European Union is leaving the U.S. off a list of 15 countries whose citizens soon will be allowed to visit its 27 member nations. In Canada, there seems to be no great desire to quickly reverse the unprecedented border restrictions that were imposed in March.

    The question for Canadians is how much longer the virtual wall will have to be in place — and how much it might hurt to keep it there.

    “My guess is it’s going to have to stay closed for more than 12 months,” Colin Furness, an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, told CBC News this week. “It’s hard to imagine what’s going to happen in the United States until we have a vaccine or until the population has been sufficiently infected that you have herd immunity.”

    When Leger Marketing asked Canadians in May when they thought Canada should reopen its border with the United States, 47 per cent of respondents said “not before the end of the year.” With more than 2.6 million cases now in the United States, it’s unlikely Canadians’ enthusiasm for welcoming our American neighbours has increased since then….

    But the decline in traffic across the border has still been precipitous. According to data obtained by Postmedia, between June 15 and June 21 just 170,998 people entered Canada at a land crossing with the United States — and 104,247 of those people were truck drivers. Over the same period in 2019, more than 1.2 million people traveled through a land crossing from the U.S. into Canada….

    It also can’t be assumed that cross-border travel will quickly return to its pre-COVID-19 normal once the threat of the disease has passed, Anderson added. Traffic between Canada and the United States dropped significantly after 9/11 and had yet to fully return to previous levels when the pandemic hit….

    ..The border restrictions put in place in March have been extended three times and are now set to expire on July 21 — officially, at least. Even if the deal is only extended for another month, it’s likely time to accept that a largely closed border between Canada and the United States is, like the disease itself, going to be our reality for the foreseeable future — and to plan accordingly.

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