How I Spent My Career

The other day a colleague of mine in this peculiar setting I like to call Corporate America (or Evil Corporate America, depending on the current goings-on) received a fifteen year service award. The memo that went out to everyone in the building stated that this individual had “spent his career” there doing various software things. It was a nice enough memo, full of congratulations, albeit poor grammar. But to say he “spent his career” there was a bit of an exaggeration. Well, fifteen years is a long time, and the fact of the matter is that I’ve been there for fourteen. I can’t wait to get my congratulatory email that will talk about how I’d spent my career at Big Red doing various things with spreadsheets.

“spend” – synonyms: drain, empty, exhaust, squander, throw away, use up, waste…

Well, that won’t do. So I’ve decided to write my way out. Ideally, I’d be in Marrakesh like my eloquent friend George, who manages to make the simplest things sound really interesting, as great writers do, but Marrakesh is out for now. And I’ll try not to be quite so detailed as Samuel, because while that sort of writing comes in handy when there’s an outbreak of the Plague, or a huge fire that destroys an entire city, it’s rather tiresome in a blog. A blog is not a diary, after all.

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~ by standupmimi on October 23, 2008.

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