Friday, January 05, 2007

Random Nothings

Do you ever have those, weeks when you get online with the sole intention of blogging and then you loose focus? Yeah, me too. Sure I did the massage story the other day, but that was like passing a kidney stone. I always have these great ideas and when I sit down at the keyboard, I just look at porn read other blogs (admiring how witty you are) and surf random shit.

Some stories aren't worth their own posting, some sound so much funnier in my head, and some I just don't think you'll care about. However, I find that writing is therapeutic for me--as opposed to massages--so my Jan 1-8 resolution is to blog more. (I like to only schedule my resolutions for as long as they will most likely last. It just seems to disappoint less.)

So here's my random nothings for the Christmas week.

All You Have to Do is Dream
Everyone wrote up their thoughts of Happy Feet, but I have yet to see a posting for Dreamgirls. Am I the only one who saw this? Larry & I went to the theaters three times to see this. (OK, the first two times it was sold out. And yes, we now know how to buy tickets online. Gimme a break, I still can't hook up the fucking wireless router after two years.)

Now I'm programmed to like musicals, so naturally I loved the show. However, let me just say that Jennifer Hudson is a complete lock for Best Supporting Actress. I am just tickled that she went from being kicked off 6th in American Idol Season 3 and then landed AND delivered one of the most coveted roles in Broadway. Take that Simon and Randy.

Even if you're not going to see it, you should at least listen to her sing And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going. It will send chills down your spine.

Movin' On Up
It's no secret I love my job. After the 4½ year disaster at Imagine, it's nice to actually be thinking , creating and feeling valuable again. I have never worked so hard in my life and the only thing I can think of as I go to bed is what I can do the next day..welll, that and will Jason Statham ever read my email, leave his wife and whisk me away from all this madnesss. (Stay tuned on that!)

Seriously though, I could easily spend 60 hours a week doing everything I want to try. Between my current role and this impending grad school, I barely have enough time as it is.

So 10 months into this career, they promoted me. My new role will have me running marketing and membership for our association. Honestly, I was floored and elated. I can't think of a more exciting way to begin 2007.

Jack of All Trade; A Masters in Business
Speaking of Grad School, I'm floundering on getting this preliminary application done. I have to write a Statement of Intent which essentially says why I want to subject myself to the lunacy of getting an MBA in my early 40's. Why is it that I can write about myself so much here, but can't do it for the application?

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Christmas Eve was my son's big debut in the theater world. OK, technically he was a sheep singing "Away in a Manager" at his church's Christmas pageant, but it was his first time singing in public.

We got to the church and sat with all the other video-camming parents. We got chatting with other parents and discovered that were we were sitting directly behind Tony, who was 'Jesus's' dad. I made light of his daughter's casting,

"So you're Jesus's dad? You must be a carpenter," I chuckled.
"Nope. I'm an accountant."

Irony is totally wasted on Christmas Eve.

Me Thinks You Do Promote Too Much
In a weird twist of fate, I had to look up Imagine's address and visited their web site. It had been recently redone and I stupidly surfed through it.

Last year, as I was in the process of being left in a corner looking for a new job on their dime, they were doing a big push to make sure people knew what a great place it was to work. They had won DC's "Top 50 places to work" twice (though many of the perks listed in the Washingtonian Magazine were greatly exaggerated) and won "Top 25 Small Companies to Work for" (after putting anonymous NUMBERED surveys in our mailboxes for us to complete and return to HR).

Now, their web site is filled with over 20 videos of employees telling why it is their favorite place to work. The management couldn't come across as more insincere in their videos. The 'team leaders' were absolutely hysterical as well. All of these folks, which had privately talked about how disappointed there were when I was there, now preached to the world the benefits and joys of being at Imagine. If you look closely in the video, you can see the tip of the gun pointing at them. And for the record, two of the folks have already resigned. (For one of them, this is her second time resigning.)

It's hard to Envision a company who has almost a 20% yearly turnover, trying to tell folks it's a great place to work. So if you're considering a job at an educational company in Tysons Corner, VA that needs 22 people telling you how great it is working there... run.

(As you know I won't share their real name, but you can always email me and I'll send you the link.)

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Anonymous Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I can not think of any role I would rather have my kid play than Jesus. I would go around telling EVERYONE that I was Jesus's father. (Well, you know if I was a man.)

Wait - even better. I would claim to be the Virgin Mary. I'd probably get struck by lightning, but it would most likely be worth it.

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I threw up a little in my mouth when I saw those videos

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anne Glamore said...

Have been DYING to get to Dreamgirls.... and I am telling you I AM going!


8:32 PM  
Anonymous David said...

I have no idea who Imagine is, but it reminds me of a place where I used to work where the recruitment ads called for people who were willing to think creatively and have initiative. Once you were there, nothing could have been further from the truth but I guess it sounds better than "we're looking for people who won't waste their superiors' precious time by having ideas."

2:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've seen the videos too...little cult like don't you think? i think they've been spiking the free sodas.

1:46 PM  

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