Sunday, December 12, 2004

work rant

Work is stressing me out. What I thought would be a nice part-time job has turned into an unofficial full-time clusterfuck. I won't bore you with all of the details, but basically:

1) The box office manager is leaving in two weeks and I can't blame her. No one knows how the ticket system is set up, and there will be no forseeable time for her to train anyone fully, as we have a very popular show up right now, with its own set of difficulties. I'm afraid they are suspecting I (or my lovely co-worker, hired the same day as I) will step into her job, which includes nights and weekends.

2) Besides helping out in the box office and learning payroll and accounts payable, I have been handed the task of researching, fixing, and placating a list of subscribers whose subscriptions and method of payments have been lost in the ether, and are understandably pissed off. Fun times.

3) The development director is also leaving in two weeks, and I don't think anybody really knows how she has organized her office, or the extent of the work she does. She has been there 3 years or so and knows everyone in the community. Hard to fill her shoes, and her shoes fill our bank accounts.

4) Within the new two weeks I am supposed to help change over our accounting system software, which will include re-entering every single employee and vendor file, and all of our accounts and other fianancial info.

5)The two people who seem to think that everything will work out fine (read: they are either blissfully ignorant, or far more insane than they actually appear) are (recently) married to one another. And they are both born in the Year of The Monkey. Yeah, that's what I'm saying.

Suffice it to say, I am a wreck. I thought I had some kind of kidney infection, because of a strange pain I have in my back, etc. and got on antibiotics for it. Now they aren't seeming to work and I wonder if it is actually a pinched nerve. Either way, I blame the theatre. I look back on the days when I used to work as a volunteer board memeber for a non-profit theatre, as well as work full-time in sales. Sure I was busy, and it could be stressful. Some times I resented the fact thet all of my creativity was going into other people's productions. But I could shelve that, considering I also put up my own productions there, too, and had the opportunity to design, to act, to direct, to mentor, to....make art.

And now, I suppose I am still helping to make art, but I am not using any of my creativity in it. All of these niggling details just suck, but they are teaching me alot about how to set things up in a theatre. I am going to grit my teeth and deal with it for as long as I can. Thank god I have a play to work on right now, and maybe the fact that I am not using my imagination during the daytime makes me all the more apt to use it in my writing.

Deep breath......


Blogger JBuchanan said...

Girl, you rant and rave, and I'll play the spoons in time to your music.

At least you are gathering skills that will come in helpful one day.

9:00 AM  
Blogger adriana said...

crap. i wish i had some good advice. it's strange that you've just walked in to this maelstrom of work. do you have any faith in the company? what do you think of their work? remember, if you have to, you can always feign stupidity. (great work ethic, adriana)

it's weird that you said clusterfuck. i got all obsessed with that word yesterday. it's a good word.

10:40 AM  
Blogger tifanie said...

Faith? Hmm...I guess I do. They bring in pretty good talent, and have a decent history and reputation. They have huge plans to move into a snazzy new space in a few years, which I'd like to be part of the implementation for.
I wish I could play dumb. I'm too dumb to have thought of it early enough, though. Damn!

7:58 PM  
Blogger tifanie said...

and yeah, "clusterfuck" is pretty good. It brings some creepy images to my mind though, worse that "circlejerk", and not as funny as "fuckbucket."

I got your cd and am gonna listen to it NOW! I love you!

8:00 PM  
Blogger Mike M. said...

Well, circle jerks are funny. Not that I'd know one from a bukake.

1:27 AM  
Blogger tifanie said...

whazza bukake?

1:45 AM  
Blogger adriana said...

*dashing wine glass against fireplace* PLEASE!

12:26 PM  
Blogger tifanie said...

goddamit, what is it?

5:47 PM  
Blogger Mike M. said...

Um, it's this thing, huge in Asia, apparently, where a bunch of people gather around a person in the middle of a circle and then self love is practiced and it is usuallly taped. But, it's also a freaking funny word.

7:30 AM  
Blogger JBuchanan said...

Is self love practiced by all involved or just by the person in the center of the circle?

7:57 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Everyone but the person in the center who is, a, um... target. And the people in the circle would be guys, see... oh, I never should have brought this up.

8:41 AM  
Blogger tifanie said...

Oh. That's ok, Mike. These are things a girl must know. (That way, if a group of guys asks us if we want to be in their bukake, well...)

9:18 AM  
Blogger Mike M. said...

Yes, if anyone ever offers you a bukake, it is not a new type of sushi.

3:38 PM  

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