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A couple of updates and a question

Update to Orleans Crisis

I can't stop this feeling
Deep inside of me.
Girl, you just don't realize
What you do to me.

When you hold me
In your arms so tight,
You let me know,
Everything's alright, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah

I'm hooked on a feeling,
I'm high on believing,
That you're in love with me.

Lips as sweet as candy.
Their taste stays on my mind.
Girl, you keep me thirsty for another cup of wine.
The funny part is that I'm hearing B. J. Thomas singing it, but it's pure David Hasselhoff dancing (flying, dog-sledding...oy) in my head. Tempt me and I'll post the link to the Google Video and you, too, can be afflicted enjoy it with me.

Then, that morphs into "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon because of the similarity in the lyrics "I can't fight this feeling" and "I can't stop this feeling".

At least it's better than "Dance With Me." Marginally. :)

Location, Location, Location!

Well, I finally got an "office" of my own. Which is to say, they moved me out of the office and into a cube in the other building. So I no longer have an office-mate, but soon I will have 30 or 40 really close neighbors. *sigh* Back to Ivex/CareerBuilder days.

And when I say "they" moved me, I mean that I moved me. I didn't know what their schedule was like, so I decided to pick the part of my day to interrupt and packed all my shit in two boxes (I'm traveling light until I know for certain where we'll end up) and used a little cart to move myself. Computer works and everything. No phone, though. (Oh, darn! :)

This cube is temporary, so I'm not even going to settle in, but I DID trade up for a better chair. One of the advantages of being the third person to move (two others moved themselves, as well) is that we all scavenged all the other cubes for all the best stuff. :) I have a clean whiteboard with pens and eraser! I have keys for my desk drawers (because I stole drawers that had keys)! I have an inbox and an outbox (because I stole them from another cube)! I have a trash can (because I stole it from another cube)! And I have one of the better chairs (because...oh, you see the pattern). It squeaks, though. I'll have to remember to WD-40 the sucker.

Here's the thing about this whole move: When Per-Sé bought NDC Health last year, NDC Health owned these two buildings. Free and clear. Then, Per-Sé took over, sold the buildings, then leased one of them back from the company to which it was sold. I don't pretend to understand corporate accounting games, but to me that seems batshit insane1.

So they're moving, I think, two groups over here today. They decided to move everyone and seat them in "functional" groups. So my team lead Sherri and all my teammates will be in adjacent cubes (Sherri gets the window cube, dammit), and there's an empty (window) cube which may eventually have our very own, dedicated QA person in it. I haven't heard exactly who's going in there, but for now, they're keeping all of QA together. Who knows? It may become a printer cube for all I know.

And now a question

I may have asked this before, but I can't find the reference if I did, so I'll ask it again: If you have a friend/acquaintance whose office or house you've never seen--but which you have a mental image of in some way--who then moves, do you adjust your mental image of where they now live/work, even though you've never seen either place? I'm curious. :)

For the record, I do. :)

For those of you that do, I'm in a cube roughly 6' × 8' with cream & dark mauve cloth-paneled walls (parts of which I stole from other cubes!). The chair matches the dark mauve panels. The overhead cabinets (one of which I stole from another cube) have cloth doors that are burgundy colored. There. Build your mental image around that. :)
1  This is my new favorite phrase. I will be using it often. Get used to it. :)

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Nov. 1st, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
I don't know, Kaa...I'd take the song-that-is-not-to-be-named over David Hasselhoff's video travesty ANYDAY! :oP

I love that you scavanged all the best pieces and parts...that gives me the giggles. Is it horrible of me to imagine you sitting there, typing away at your desk, when you hear someone moving into a cube a little ways down sight and say, "Oh, DANGIT! This cube doesn't have a trashcan!!!!!!". Then you grin and tap your trashcan with your foot and think "HA HA!!".

I'm evil, I know I am...I can't stop giggling...

Nov. 1st, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
You forgot the part where I wring my hands evilly while cackling. It loses so much without the hand-wringing. :)
Nov. 1st, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
I want to know how you scavenged a wall!
Nov. 1st, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
Just the panels. We're in cubicles where the walls are paneled on both sides with these cloth or plastic rectangular panels. NO one wants the plastic ones, so the cloth ones are being scavenged by the 10 or so of us who have moved over here today.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
The sell/lease back thing is based on the difference between capital expenditure and recurring expenses, as I've been led to believe.

You can treat these differently and you can get more assets for less money because you only have to pay a %age of what the asset is worth every year.

The bottom falls out when you have sold all of your assets and suddenly find yourself at a cash crisis. If you have no saleable assets, and no cash, then you are that famous New England fish. It also collapses if the leasing company decides to screw you.

It's like selling your car and always using taxis. That's fine providing that there are enough taxis to meet the demand at a given point and you aren't having to go at a particular time. The system falls apart when demand exceeds supply and you have no alternative mechanism which will meet your time requirements. Businesses, because of their nature, are rarely that easygoing about things like 'having offices', 'light', 'power' and 'payroll' since they are in the business of making money. The trick is to have a very good lease - with a long term price fixing scheme built in.

A number of governments in Australia have made a lot of budgetary money out of selling off utilities and assets. There is usually a decline in the service level provided after privatisation but that's ok because everyone can have a tax cut or infrastructure expenditure reduction that goes nowhere near covering the losses incurred to the consumer.

Wait, what now?

(Australia used to have a monopoly telco, Telecom/Telstra, which the government has been selling off bit by bit for some time (we also have competitors now). The service levels to the low-density, high-cost areas have, despite government assurance to the contrary, dropped away dramatically because - wait for it - since it's now a private business why would anyone spend more money than they have to to look after such a small percentage of their consumers. That's not the way to increase shareholder value!)
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Nov. 3rd, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Gee. Thanks. That makes me feel SO much better.
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