The day started with a meeting at work to discuss sexual harassment. In my life I have had to sit through a bunch of these, so no big deal. Later, I was having lunch with a group outside at a picnic table when a discussion I wasn't listening to got loud. One of the girls was yelling at another girl that no one at work knew anything about her and should watch what they say. I have a unique ability to just open my mouth and let my brain fill in the words. This spontaneous verbiage will bring some good laughs. To try and lighten the moment I opened my mouth and said..... "Oh yea; I know you put the air hose at your station in your pocket to cool your monkey."............(well she does)
"Jim," I said to the human resource director, "I said monkey!"
He leaned back in his overstuffed computer chair and pushed the eraser end of his pencil into his temple. "Rob, it’s a reference you cannot use here at work, at least not in that context. I know you know better. For god sake’s man it’s different these days!”
I countered with, “It’s not like I go around insulting people. It was just a bad joke. It won’t happen again.”
“See that it doesn’t.” He ended.
Later that day I was heading for break and was walking with a fellow I work next to. We were watching a girl just ahead of us and I said, “She’s got a nice keester.” Unbeknownst to me a female team leader was right behind me.
“Jim, I can’t help that someone over heard me speaking in confidence to a friend. I was also just being nice.”
He was pushing a pen this time into the corner of his mouth, like he was trying to push words back into his mouth. “Rob, you cannot even compliment people on their appearance. I know it is tough but it is how it is. Please don’t make me take action against you. Consider this a training session and a verbal warning. That may appease those involved.”
“Gotcha Boss. I absolutely will not compliment anyone here.”
Good, see that you don’t!
As I was headed back to my work area, I passed the team leader and the smirk on her face. I remember what my boss just told my about compliments and nodded my head to her and said plainly, “Fat ass.”
No, No, Of course it didn't happen.
I hear ya on the sexual harassment at the workplace Forge. Years ago before I had any tenure at my job, a gaggle of women were laughing and talking butts in a board room when I walked in to meet a co worker to go to lunch. A young woman named Darlene flipped me a smile and turned posturing her backside and asked me what I thought of it.
My words verbatim. "Looking at your phat ass makes me sport wood five times a week Darlene." Now I truly meant phat. Which is a late eighties slang word that I understood to mean fine, fantastic, desirable and yeah I'd tap it......................... However the biddy committee swiftly decided my comment was negative and I soon found myself in the HR dept. defending myself. "No sir I do not think Darlene has a fat ass." The HR manager sneered. "Why then make the comment?"
My answer was very direct. " I was paying her a compliment while answering her question." HRM looked confused so I went on before he could speak. " Darlene postured and asked me what I thought of her ass. I told her it gives me a chubby every time I see it. I said it was phat." Then had to explain to HRM what phat was and that the girls misunderstood. "Even if I had said fat, I told her inadvertently that I liked her ass, so what's the problem?" Thinking if I were to be reprimanded honesty was the best policy. I was dismissed. There was a company wide directive given the next day. The fact that it had nothing to do with sexual harassment made me smile.
HRM wrote: Office personnel engaging in private conversation are to from this point forward refrain from "street slang" and verbal description of anatomy is against corporate policy.
All that from telling a gal she had a fine caboose......... I've since kept my opinion of the female arse at the office to myself..... until golf outings, at the gym, playing racquetball and drinks at the club with the boys...................
I haven't seen @luv2rite for a while.
Ok.... The town I live in is having a 3 day festival thru sunday. All but one food place has stopped delivering til it's over. Hong Kong Buffet it is!
they need a 15 dollar minimun. OK that's cool. I order General Tszo's chiken with fried rice, chicken and broccoli, Egg rolls and an order of crab ragoon. So I'm eating and eating and omg eating. Suddenly there are nothing but empty containers. I ate so much my nose is running and I'm trying to figure if I'm in my 2nd or 3rd trimester. I never eat much and now I feel like I have to wrap my arms around my stomach and clasp my hands underneath to move around. Really really happy right now!
I'm here @Forgewright Believe it or not I check the site about twice a week. I have just been so busy with my political activism and my blog and trying to get my book edited to the point where I feel comfortable having somebody else re-edit it plus I am still taking classes at the college, (this time Astrology and Macroeconomics) that I don't have much time for anything else. Today I have a skype meeting with 4 others. Last time I had one of these it took 2 hours. Through all of this I did get one short piece published called a line in the sand. It too is political and was published on a political site. (no pay) But I'm here checking on you guys.. Talk to you later.
Well @luv2rite. I be luvin some political activism. At least getting some views here for discusion. Maybe you'd be willing to share some of the things your involved in or studying. Good luck either way. Glad your still keeping up at Thoughtsinc.
I tried Macroeconomics but Granny showed me how to knit so I stick to that.
What's that...... Momma said 501. Members baby!
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This chick is pretty cool. you can bring up her poems and listen to an audio recording at the same time. Great poet and author.
I dunno @Forgewright maybe I should read some more... I like the topic of that poem, but her words are pretty flowery... if I were workshopping it I'd probably cut 1/3 of it .
OK, I read one more... still not doing it for me. I can see why people would enjoy it tho. It does say she has had success with her writing, which is always something I'm happy to hear, even if I don't completely love the work. Thanks for sharing!
I discovered Ann Lauinger in an awesome book store we have in SLC... Ken Sanders'. It's owned by the guy and he's the same one that does the ephemera appraisals on Antique Roadshow. We've seen them filming stuff in his shop once... a different show I think. Anyway... I couldn't find much of her stuff on the web to link to, but I found one. There are several in her book "Persuasions of the Fall" that I really love.
Check this out... http://www.cstone.net/~poems/marvelau.htm
I really appreciate your opinion Trish. Makes me look deeper into writings. I like her style more than anything. I really enjoyed the poem I linked to. It is the descriptions that I crave the most. It is my weak spot when writing. She does that well.
She is published thru an actual publisher and not self-published like any hack can do on Amazon. Of course there are wonderful authors there too... I don't want to deminish anyones ego by slamming an Amazon author.
I try to write about my passions but dang it when I think about it, I have had so much change in my life I don't do much anymore. My mind says it would rather rest in my comfy bed than focus on writing. It's working too much I'm sure. Things will slow and I can find my focus again.
Got a haircut today and bought some clothes. Lunch with my brother. Walked the dog, kicked the cat......
I'll check out your link and hollar later. Slam Bill for me.( Call him a Jarheaded Bootsniffer)
Well, I checked out the link. I have a problem with AABBCCDD rhyme schemes. It reminds me of bathroom wall limericks.. too much rhyming for me. Its like kid stuff to me. There is no real reason I guess other than I don't feel it. Its too limiting storywise. One line forces the next.
I like rhymes that occur in the same line or two lines in a stanza or none at all. Words that start with the same letters in a sentence that have a similiar roll or just compliment each other.
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