One of the aspects of work I despise is having to attend these retirement and holiday parties when I should be at home with my daughter. Unfortunately, unless you place a human face in the minds of imperial management your career may suffer.
It is no secret that I despise many of the local practices that are at times out of Cool Hand Luke. However, my spirit and fire have not been broken. I have marked the time unrepentant and have had to serve a stretch that is considered hard time. Welcome to the electronic sweatshop era that the union calls the electronic plantation.
Tonight, I will be playing Jack Benny at a retirement party when I should be dad. Sadly, it is a price that I play to further my career. Although, I am active in the union, careers and peace often come down to these functions.
Management is not to thrilled as I loathe and despise media circuses. They were not unhappy that I excused myself and took sick time. I really was sick, but the notion of holding fake media events disgusts me. Yes, I grasp we are a public agency and these sickening events are part of the job. However, I am too honest and a factually
correct quote about working conditions could end a career in a hurry.
I will see the Sprite and Tranquil Sea tomorrow.