Stinky or stupid? You pick…

So, I got called back to work and I started Monday. As my friend TB says, I am employed by THE MAN, and THE MAN likes to call us up and send us home whenever the heck he FEELS like it. Damn man.

At any rate, we are currently in his favor, and so I am working, albeit in a new job, one I happen to like better. I go in, do the job, and when it’s done, IT’S DONE. My last job was like housework. You clean and clean and clean, and no matter what, the minute you turned around THERE WAS MORE. Okay, fine, so this job is KINDA like that too, but on a daily basis, not on an hourly basis.

Actually, the old job is more like LAUNDRY, which is a dirty, thankless job which is neverending.

But I digress.

We are back to work, and the new job leaves me sore and tired, but feeling like I accomplished something. Forgive me for not EXPOUNDING on the job, or my employer, but people have been FIRED for talking about their jobs on blogs, and MY employer, THE MAN, takes that sort of shit very seriously. So I am not going to play. Single mom. Buying a house. Need benefits. Nuff said.

My friend Heather–who I worked with in the old department–and I ended up on the same team, and sit next to each other. We are cool with that, and we are both workers, so the bosses are cool with that as well. In fact, they are making noises about keeping us, even though our OLD department is now trying to call us back. No thanks. Fires of hell? No thank you, I am rather warm today already.

Heather and I are cool, and we understand each other, even if it means we don’t talk. I don’t have to be constantly entertaining, because let’s face it, I am NOT constantly entertaining. Have you read this blog? Sometimes I suck. But I try.

Sometimes we are quiet, and sometimes we laugh our asses off. So Wednesday we got into this discussion. And it went as follows.

Me: “Man, some of these people are stinky. Do they not know what baths are for?”

Heather: “I know, the odor on some of them lingers for hours. But I’d rather have the stinky people than the stupid people.”

Me: “You would?”

Heather: “Hell yeah. The stinky people you can give a bar of soap to. The stupid people are just stupid.”

Me: “Well, yeah, but you would give them the bar of soap, and OBVIOUSLY they don’t know what it’s for, or they wouldn’t be stinky.”

Heather: “Hmmm. I guess you could say the stinky people are also stupid, or they wouldn’t be stinky.”

Me: “I win.”

Heather: “Yeah right.”

See what I mean? Quality companionship.


About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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3 Responses to Stinky or stupid? You pick…

  1. Cele says:

    Woohoo on back to work. Some how bills get paid better when you’re back to work. Savings accounts grow…unless you have dental bills to chip away at the sum.

    Stinky. Isn’t that why the French created parfume? Oh, wait, they create fine milled French soap too.

    You win.


  2. azteclady says:

    Congrats on the job bit, but I think you got it wrong. Some of the stinky people may not know what soap/baths are for due to ignorance–which doesn’t seem they are unable to learn. Not all ignorance is due to inability to learn (aka stupidity) after all.


  3. SML says:

    I hear ya on the joys of single motherhood and being able to pay the bills and get benefits. Love having a job that allows for that and that you like to do at the same time. Good for you!

    I wish I could go home when I feel like it. That’s one perk that I don’t really have at my job. But five o’clock? Boy howdy, I’m done.


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