The Unbearable Banishment: bon voyage

Monday, November 17, 2008

bon voyage

A colleague at Benevolent Dictators, Inc. left for greener pastures. It was his last day so a few of us went out for drinks. As a rule, I never go out drinking with people I work with. They’re a nice enough bunch, but I spend far too much time with them already. Also, I’m never at ease drinking with office people. That’s so unfriendly of me, I know.

He was euphoric about leaving. Who wouldn’t be? Leaving a job is liberating. There’s the thrill of the new. There’s hope that the next assignment will be more interesting than the last. But the sequence of events usually plays out the same. When you arrive at your new job, you love everybody and everybody loves you. You aren’t held accountable for your mistakes for several weeks because you’re new and don’t know any better. You can make procedural errors and not be tagged as incompetent. Nobody makes your life a living hell.

Then some time passes. After several weeks, reality sets in. Some familiar sensations start to surface. You learn who can help you and who will drag you down. It’s all pretty predictable stuff.

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I heard my first Christmas song this morning while having my morning coffee at the diner. It was a reggae version of Joy to the World. I’m not kidding. New York is such a great Christmas town. It gets all gussied up like a dime store whore. The locals are friendlier and the tourists are just so damn happy to be here. I’ll try to post some pics of the city throughout the holiday. Don’t let it annoy you. Lighten your heart.

3 Comments:

OpenID daisyfae said...

there's such a siren's song from the promise of a fresh start, clean desk, no baggage or damaged relationships... i'm trying to resist the call for a few months.

and yes, yes, yes to the pics! i love 'em! jaded about all the rampant consumerism, not the lights, dime-store whores and music! snowed here today and i was giddy!

November 17, 2008 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger ~E said...

I love Christmas as much as anybody. But one of the radio stations around here has already switched to 100% Christmas music all day everyday and it's not even Thanksgiving yet!

November 18, 2008 at 1:50 AM  
Anonymous Rob said...

I've seen a lot of colleagues leave other the last decade. Surprising how many of them come back...

December 4, 2008 at 11:07 PM  

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