Monday, February 16, 2009


Yesterday I squeezed in a quick pedi since my boss keeps me chained to my desk during the week. As some of you know, I have the Boss from Hell. But at least I have a job and as bad as it is much of the time I am not about to walk out. Not in this economy.

While sitting there minding my own business a group of early-30-something girls arrived, there to celebrate someone’s birthday. As hard as I tried not to eavesdrop on their conversation I was, after all, a captive audience, my toes being man-handled by Dan, so I ended up being privy to some interesting, if somewhat bizarre snippets of conversation...

Sissy: “My husband Jeff quit his job last Friday. He just did not get along with his boss. I don’t blame him for not wanting to continue to work in such a toxic environment. He gave them a month’s notice, though, which I thought was more than generous.”

Tiffany: “Oh Sissy, he was so right to do that. No one wants to have to go to work every day and be miserable.”

At this point my jaw had dropped, hearing that ANYONE in this economy would knowingly walk away from a job. Any job. I don’t care if you follow the elephants around with a big shovel at the circus, if you have a job these days how on earth could you voluntarily quit? I was flabbergasted, but there was more to come.

Sissy: “I told Jeff that maybe I should get a part-time job just until he decides what he wants to do next (obviously it’s not going to be as a brain surgeon). He doesn’t want me to work but agreed maybe it would be a good idea.”

Tiffany: “Oh Sissy, are you sure? I mean, like, that is so brave of you. Have you worked before, I mean, like, in an office or something?”

Sissy: “Well, I did some filing in my uncle’s office one summer. I was thinking I could do data entry one day a week. You know, for like, um, maybe 8 hours on Fridays. I actually have called some doctor’s offices and said I want to work part-time, but I haven’t had any takers. No one wants to hire me just for one day a week. I’m getting frustrated. Jeff said I should take a break from it so I don’t get upset or break a nail or something.”

At this point I decided to switch my water order with Dan to a glass of Chard. Maybe it would make me feel as carefree as Sissy and Tiffany. Not to mention Jeff.


  1. are you kidding me? probably next time you go in, Sissy and Tiffany will be doing the pedicures! While Jeff answers the phone.......
    Problem is, they probably have a t-fund or something and dont' have to worry about living in the BMW
    you need to go to a nail salon out here in the hood!

  2. I could live in their BMW if they won't. 7 series, of course.

  3. I would have had a really hard time not staring at them with my mouth wide open.

    Guess they don't have a house payment, utilities, etc and probably have tons of cash for the cobra health insurance premiums.

    crazy people.

  4. Oh to be able to work an 8 hour one day a week job. How nice would that be. I'm really surprised there haven't been any takers just yet, what with the economy and all. You would think somebody should have jumped on that opportunity already. I do hope they're able to get by. Poor Jeff, dear boy, he needs a vacation.
    I think OHN is right...Crazy People.

  5. Wow is all I have to say. Some people just don't - and will never - get it.

    My guess is that Mummy & Daddy take care of their mortgage & credit card bills, so as long as they charge it they're covered.

    I'm with OHN too - mouth would have been WIDE OPEN staring at them.