Warning: Long State of the Flower Entry follows.
Mucho thanks to agermain for the Invader Zim CDs. DOOOOOOM!
Speaking of doom, I promised to relate the sordid tale of my downsizing. Since I’m sitting back from UE until next week, no need to worry about flooding my LJ with entries of updates and such, so…
There’s this thing called the A-76 which says that to save money and get nice ‘n efficent, government should check what things it’s doing that are ‘commercial activities’, evaluate how much they cost, and see if outside contractors could provide the services for less. History has shown that usually 50% of all roles studied for A-76’ing are contracted out, 50% stay in-house. In their view, commercial activities include graphic design, library support, personnell offices, and… web design. My office.
And oddly, JUST my office and one or two others across all of FDA. They were very selective in who they decided to put through the wringer for reasons they have not explained. But I won’t go into a conspiracy theory rant…
So Tuesday, sitting on my uncomfortable little blue stool (since I can’t sit in chairs designed for Normal Humans) for eight full hours while I was ‘trained’. Training consisted of being told, in exacting bureaucratic detail, the entire process by which I would be potentially downsized. What it summarized down to was “We evaluate your worth as a person in dollars, then see if someone else can be you for less money.”
If web design gets contracted out, I can’t be fired — the FDA won’t do that. How kind and humane of them! Instead they’re going to pull a Sega on me and simply reassign me to some shit job that I didn’t apply for in the first place and ‘retrain’ me to do that work. You know, like how they’d pull kids out of farms in the Soviet Union to train to be olympic gymnasts or crash test dummies. With my skill set, reassignment will probably mean eight hours a day of intense database programming, which is the exact thing I wanted to AVOID DOING when I changed majors in college. No thanks.
But even if we ‘win’ the contract, I could lose. And even the ones that stay in-house can be reorganized to achieve ‘optimum efficency’, meaning I could be assigned to a new boss and a new team somewhere else on the map an hour’s commute from my home, which effectively means I’m fired since I am not gonna spend 1/12th of my life in traffic. I’m already spending 1/24th of it and I hate it.
August 31st we’ll know their decision. There’s a chance to appeal, although who does the appealing and what chances it has to succeed are unknown. Sept. 31st is the final ultimate decision. Oh, and my boss has decided to launch into a massive site-wide redesign that we won’t be done with until… Sept 31st, just in time for the contractors to swoop in and have a nice cushy site lovingly prepared for them so they don’t have to do the HARD work.
Oh, and in five years, even if I survive this round, I get to go through the A-76 alllll over again. And guess who’s directly responsible for putting the wheel in motion? George W. Bush. Thanks a lot, Dubya. Glad I didn’t vote the that fuckwit. (I forget, am I allowed to call the president a fuckwit again, or are we still under the aura of Intense Patriotism and Unswerving Support Of Our Leaders?)
Me, bitter? NOOOOO.
Well, enough about that. Because SOME positive things are happening in my life…
Lots and LOTS of social mayhem in recent days with my friends (RL ones). Went to see Blade II (okay, but it could’ve been much smoother), watched some rasslin’, got to see Josh again after his opera finished sucking the marrow from his bones, and this Saturday is an anime party with Jin-Roh and Samurai Jack. Waiwai!
UE04 is done in record time and I’m poppin’ a metaphorical cold one and celebrating. When I get them done this quickly I don’t have to worry about lulls or break periods, so I’m breakin’ until next week.
RP has picked up a lot since rubylight has made a part time return, and since I went to a rann‘s MU where we’ve been doing some great stuff. Trying to do public RP with strangers is a pain in the ass; it’s much easier to get your ‘fix’ of good gaming with friends who are readily available, rather than trying to lock down a particular MU / particular set of characters to play with and establish yourself and sit around trying to find RP and blow hour after hour attempting to coordinate setting up a scene.
Plus, I’ve decided to stop panicking about not being able ot maintain the characters I’ve got across various MU and not having enough time to play with all my various online buddies, simply because it’s nigh impossible to do so. Fortunately I now have my buds agermain, tdj and Stephanie on my ICQ list so it’s not like I’ve lost touch with ’em. And as new RP opportunities open up, who knows? I’m a very spur of the moment kind of RPer who likes diving on new challenges. I do feel kinda bad for just ‘abandoning’ characters on places like Shangri-la after starting to establish myself (one reason I prefer to play anonymously when I’m not totally certain of a character yet) but at least I’m still in touch with the PLAYERS that I like to play with. That’s what matters.
Of course, between my demoralizing and intense workaday life and my euphoric and intense social life and my envigorating and time consuming online fun and the soul sucking nightmare of bliss that is writing, I’m feeling pretty drained. I think Sunday is gonna be a day of rest for me… just sit around and do nothing. Maybe play a game or two, lie down, watch TV, just take a break.
This has been YOUR State of the Flower report. Collect ’em all.