Cubicle Manifesto

A lot has been said about work spaces and cubicle farms.  Millennials don’t like cubicle farms and would rather have collaboration space.  Some companies have gone from using cubicles to just setting up tables and the workers have to just find a space to do their work.  The following comments are meant for any of these types of work spaces.

As much as the people that create the Gallup Poll would like you to think everyone has a “Best Friend” at work, the reality is your co-workers aren’t necessarily your friends.  You’re all there to do a job, sometimes you have to collaborate and sometimes you work by yourself.  Either way your co-workers are fighting for that same performance review, the same performance raise and the same praise from your boss that you are.  It’s very rare to find co-workers who aren’t out to take the credit for any and every idea that’s successful or be quick to tell the boss you were late getting back from lunch.  The reality is, as much as you can keep your ideas, your comments and your goals to yourself so you can take credit for a job well done.

Here is some news to some people, conversations in a cubicle farm or open work environment are not private.  It doesn’t matter how tall the walls are, I can hear you.  I can hear you telling your boyfriend he needs to trim his pubic hair before you’ll give him another blow job.  I can hear you talking like a baby to your 10 year old and I can hear you telling your potential new employer that you do all the work around here and get no credit for any of it  If you’re having an issue remembering that, just remember these  song lyrics from the ‘Til Tuesday:  “Hush hush, keep it down now, voices carry”  In other words, if you don’t want the water cooler talk to be about your sex life, find a private room to talk about how many guys or girls you boned on the weekend.  I don’t want to hear it.

If you walk up to someones cubicle, check to see if their on the phone or ask if their busy before unloading your crap onto them.  I can’t tell you how many times co-workers have come to my cube and just started spouting off about this doesn’t work, I need that done today, all while I’m on an conference call.  Have some respect for others and realize they don’t just sit there waiting for you to show up with some work for them to do.  I can’t count how many times I’ve missed something on a conference call because some douchebag co-worker thinks their issue or reason to talk to me is more important than what I’m doing.  Consider that the person may be on the phone with a vendor getting the issue fixed that you are coming to talk to them about.

You may have enjoyed that salmon dinner last night so much that you wanted to have some more for lunch today.  News flash, it doesn’t smell differently today than it did last night.  It smells like you haven’t showered in a week and your dog puked in your lunch sack.  Those of you that must bring leftovers for lunch, reheat them in the cafeteria and eat it there, that’s where those smells belong.  The reality is for every person that brings a lunch that somewhat smells good, there are at least 2 or 3 that smell like ass.  The flip side of that is, when your done, seal up what’s left or throw it away in the garbage cans in the cafeteria.  When you throw it away at your desk I can still smell it, that wall between us does not keep smells contained.

That leads me to farting at work, I can hear and I can smell it.  If you don’t want me to laugh or make jokes about it then don’t do it at your desk.  Same with belching or sneezing.  If you must sneeze like a spastic chimp, then be ready to have people comment on the show.

If you’re sick, STAY HOME!!!!  I don’t care if you have something that needs to be completed, work from home or pass it off to someone else.  Those of us who aren’t sick don’t want whatever plague you’re bringing to work.  If you have a fever, cough, diarrhea, sniffles or whatever it is, just stay the fuck home.  When you come to work you start a chain reaction that can last for months and guess what, you may become sick again.  Don’t be patient zero.

I’m ok with personalizing your work space, but keep it tasteful and minimal.  I don’t want to feel like I’m walking into the dollar store every time I have to come talk to you.  I also don’t want to hear about the latest gadget or niknak that you outbid someone for on EBay.  I don’t care, I just need to get my work done.

If you are cold everyday then bring a fucking sweater or jacket to work.  Complaining everyday to people who can’t do anything about the temperature of the building is not only annoying but a waste of breathe.  Do what you need to and wear what you need to so you’ll be warm while you work.  Wearing a sleeveless top and short skirt because it’s cute doesn’t help because, THAT OUTFIT WON’T KEEP YOU WARM!!!  Use your brain and some common sense when you get dressed for the day.  It’s not rocket science people!

That’s all for now, hope you all have a great evening!

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Weekend Respite

This post is about a trip I took about 3 weeks ago.  I’ve been slacking at getting it finished and ready to post.  Mored to come on why I was slacking in a later post.

Work has been extremely stressful the last few months and especially the last few weeks.  So with my wife heading to California to hang out with her cousin, I decided to take a little road trip of my own.  My buddy and I packed up Saturday morning and headed out.  We should have been on the bikes, but neither one of us has our bikes ready for riding season, so we were caging it all the way.

As we were driving up Spanish Fork Canyon on our way towards price, the conversation turned to how many times we had ridded up that canyon or down that canyon heading out or coming home from a motorcycle trip.  We agreed that it was weird to be talking and driving up the canyon and not riding our bikes, being cold and then much colder on Soldier Summit.  The traffic was lighter than expected since the Moab Jeep Safari was starting that weekend.  That just meant that we made good time and didn’t get stuck behind motorhomes and trailers.

We stopped in Wellington at the Chevron on the east side of town.  What a busy place that has become since they rebuilt it.  Funny that Google maps still shows the old place.  The new place is huge with clean bathrooms and lots of parking.  There was one weird thing going on when we stopped.  They were giving pony rides in the parking lot.  My buddy and I weren’t sure that was a good idea as busy as the place was.  With all the traffic coming and going someone could easily have backed into or drove into the people or pony’s walking around.

We set off again with our sites set on Green River, Utah which is around 4 miles east of the 191/I70 interchange.  In Green River we stopped at a place called Rays Tavern.  This place has been around since 1943 and they make one of the best burgers around.  It’s like having a backyard BBQ, fresh beef, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, bacon and the fries are handcut.  We’ve stopped here a few times on the bikes and the place never disappoints.  The people are friendly and make sure you’re meal is prepared to you liking.  If you ever pass through Green River you should stop there to eat.

Once we finished our burgers and beer we headed out again to our next destination.  If  you’ve never been here you should go at least once.  Goblin Valley State Park.  You get there by Utah State Route 24 and then turn onto Temple Mt. Rd.  It seems like a long drive back in there, but it’s really not.  You have to pay to get in, but the price is well worth it as this is truly one of the most unique places around.  As you wander the the Goblins, it is amazing how different the different areas have eroded to create this odd site.  I’m attaching a picture of very poor quality, but it’s one that I took with a Blackberry.  (I know, I know).

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Once we hiked around Goblin Valley it was back to the car and onto our destination for the night, Hanksville, Utah.  Now Hanksville is a very small town in the middle of Utah.  It’s a gas stop on the way to Lake Powell or if you’re going between Capital Reef State Park and Moab.  My buddy was even surprised that Hanksville had a hotel. (They actually have 3 places to get a room for the night.)  The place we picked was an older motel, but based on the pictures online, we thought it was the better one.  We were wrong about that.  It wasn’t horrible, but definitely not the same as the online picture.

Once we settled into our rooms, that didn’t take long, we went on a beer run.  Once beer was secured and we were back at the rooms, we just sat outside and drank beer and talked.  We talked about a lot of things, from jobs to society to motorcycles and several other topics.  It felt good just to sit and have a conversation or even just silence and not have to worry about anything.  If you’ve never experienced that kind of relaxation, you are definitely missing out.  Everyone should take some time to get away, relax and reset your mind.

That’s all for now, hope you all have a great evening!

 

 

Discussion with my Blog Mentor

This was our text exchange this evening.

Me: So at some point I need to stop my self loathing and self pity and write more blog posts

Him: Yeah you do.  I keep checking your blog, looking for new content, but noooo.  You keep holding out like a chick waiting to be asked to prom. Ya big tease.

Me: LOL I know.  I’ve started 3 different posts and haven’t completed any of them.

Him: Fucking slacker.  Do you need a BJ to get you going?  I’d offer but I don’t think you’d give the courtesy of a reach around LOL

Me: Jesus Christ do I have that great of material?  LMAO

Him: Yeah I’d say it is. So get off your ass and do it!

Me: Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow instead of watching porn.

Him: How about you do it tonight instead of mentally masturbating?

Me: Riiiiiight

Him: It’s only 8 o’clock, you got like two solid hours to bang something out.

Me: We could bang lots of thing out.

Him: Alrighhhhttt! Sexy Time! Now your speaking my language.

Me: That was supposed to say I could    Damn autocorrect

Him: Uh huh. Auto correct.  Riiight. LOL

Me: Don’t be starting shit because my typing is impaired and my autocorrect is overactive.

Him: It’s all good in the hood as long you give a reach around.  You don’t need to be taking it out on your “auto correct.” I find it hard to believe that typing “I” somehow turned into “we” but hey even your auto correct wants you to get writing.

Me: Just because the I and the W are on opposite sides of the keyboard doesn’t mean that autocorrect didn’t change I to We.

Him: Your stretching for it LOL

Me: I can’t stretch too much, I’ll pull a muscle.

Him: Get writing there Hemingway.  I want a post.  I’ve waited patiently.  You’ve got a couple of other followers that have waited patiently.  I’m speaking for them as well.

Me: I have email followers too.

Him: Even better.  You’re depriving us from your thoughts and insights ya selfish bastard.  Tick tock.

Me: I’m taking my thoughts and going home.

Him: In the time that it’s taken for us to discuss the intricacies of your autocorrect, you could have written a post.  Chop chop.

Me: I also could have rubbed one out, what’s your point?

Him: Post is the point. Get writing.

Me: I gotta post for you

Him: It’s not going to write itself ya know.

Jokes on him, I only had to write half of it.  LOL

That’s all for now, hope you all have a great evening!

10 Thoughts on Society

  1. There is no respect earned or given anymore.  Hold the door for someone, help them pick up the groceries they dropped.  Show respect for others when you first meet them.  If they turn out to be an asshole, so be it, but you don’t have to be an asshole too.
  2. Technology is ruining self esteem.  FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat make us feel things and think things without putting thought or context into what the author meant. Many have started to base their self esteem by comparing their life to others  Stop It….  It’s your life, live it how you want to, don’t base your self esteem on someone you think has a better life than you, their life may be the same as yours, they are just faking it better than you.
  3. Hanging out with friends means talking, interacting, laughing, dancing, drinking etc.  Not sitting around taking selfies and sending them to each other.  Be involved and in the moment, nothing is better than sitting around with friends enjoying a beverage and a good conversation.
  4. We shouldn’t idolize famous people.  The people we look up to should be family, friends, teachers and mentors.
  5. Fame should be earned not given because you have a certain name.   Being famous for being famous is ridiculous.
  6. Nobody thinks for themselves anymore.  Take some time, research a topic, find a hobby, read a damn book once in a while.  Most of all, don’t believe everything you see online or on the news.  There’s a lot of fake and untrue stories floating around.
  7. Driving has become a secondary task.  When you’re in the drivers seat of a car, your only task is to drive the car.  Watch the road and watch for motorcycles.
  8. Don’t buy things you can’t afford.(I’m guilty of this)   Be happy with what you have.  A $10 pair of sunglasses still work just fine.  That $250 pair that one of those famous people wear are probably made in the same factory as the $10 pair.
  9. If you pay hundreds of dollars for jeans with holes in them you’re an idiot.  Go to the second had store, buy a used pair of jeans and cut your own holes.  Nobody will know the difference.
  10. Be nice to others.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t agree on everything, just be nice.

That’s all for now, hope you all have a great evening!

Corporate Politics

A lot of us work for big companies or corporations.  I happen to work for one that is a major employer in this region.  Like a lot of companies, we have a mission statement and values we are suppose to live by.  We get graded on the values as part of our yearly review and most all us live those values, at least at work.  During the year we also have to complete standard training classes for what to do in an emergency, compliance and other topics.  The values are mentioned in a lot of these trainings.  I hope I’m painting the picture that the Values of the company are considered gospel and everyone needs to treat others with care and respect.

A little over a year ago, we hired a new CEO.  The new CEO comes in and doesn’t really change anything at first, but he does have a company come in to do a study of how we work and why we do things the way we do them.   <I’m going to go on a side rant here and say that any of the consulting companies that do studies like this are all full of shit.  They come in and in a short time make a determination of what’s working and what’s not working with no real investment or research.  I should start a company to do this as you make a lot of money for telling a CEO what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.>  Anyway, after the results were given to the new CEO, we started on this journey of reorganization and the task of “disrupting ourselves”.  We are doing this to supposedly keep up with similar companies and continue to be able to make money and serve our customers.

Well fast forward to now and the whole thing is a cluster fuck.  Good people have lost their jobs, good people have left to go work for other companies.  We’ve partnered with two companies that have checkered pasts. (both have paid millions out in fines and restitution)  Somehow this is still the direction and a good idea because “disrupting ourselves” can’t happen without a little pain right?  This is where my painting the picture on values comes into play.  Somewhere in all this our values have gone out the window.  Secret meetings, hand picking people for jobs and basically pushing good people aside to make sure certain people (nephews & friends) continue to have a job with the company.  The rest of us are left to be absorbed by the new company and hope we can work with them for longer than a year.  Most will be laid off after a year because people in India can do our job for less than half the salary most of us make.  Oh wait, did I not tell you that the cost savings for going to India will be 10% or less of our departments budget?  Can you say tripping over dollars to save dimes?  Just doesn’t make any sense to me.

Since all of that is going on and I’m one of the lucky ones to be pushed aside like an like an empty beer can, I have been applying and interviewing for a new job.  It’s a slow process but I think I have a couple of good options.  My whole point for this rant was to get some things off my chest and out in the open.  I need to let go of my anger that so many years of giving my all to this organization is going to waste.  No retirement party, no gold watch and an everlasting bitter taste in my mouth for people that I thought were my “friends at work” (let’s face it, they weren’t my best friends, obviously)  Like everything that I’ve had to deal with in life, I will make it through, land on my feet and be a better person for having gone through it.  If I ever treat the people I manage the same way I’ve been treated, I would hope someone would slap me up side the head and tell me to Stop It!

That’s all for now, hope you all have a great evening!

 

Publishing My Thoughts

So here I am again starting a blog.  I thought about doing a video show on YouTube, but I’m not sure that’s a good idea at the moment.  So here I am typing away trying to think of something profound to say.  Nothing profound is bound to happen with this post.  The goal is to get better and have some insightful thoughts, some original some not, that people can ponder on or have an aha moment.

One thing I want to make clear, while I may talk about my travels, this is not a travel blog.  Yes, I will give my opinions on where people should stay or visit, but I will also give some insights into my wandering mind.  Topics like, Why is our society straying from morals and substance or Why do gas station bathrooms always stink.  Hopefully this will be an enjoyable ride with twists and turns, just like a great motorcycle road.  I may even post a picture or two, you never know.

That’s all for now, hope you all have a great evening!