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The last fantastic thing (sarcastic mode on) that happened to me was job related, and very stressful: I was thisclose to be fired, thanks to museum ex-director behaviour. Board of directors changes each two years, but before leaving few of them (including museum and library directors) have to report their activities. In fact I’m the one writing museum report, directors just make few corrections and give it to president of institution. Well, my ex-director decided to do what library ex-director had done (wrongly, according to ex-president) and sent his report by e-mail to all institution members. Ex-president was positively furious but not with him (and library ex-director) but with me and poor librarian, as if we had done that!!!! Ok, we can do wrong things sometimes but nobody’s stupid enough to forget about hierarchy, we’d never sent any document to Academy members without asking president’s permission for it – but if our directors decided to do that, well, it wasn’t your fault. Anyway he didn’t think that, it’s always easier to blame the weak ones, isn’t it? So he (ex-president) even said he could fire people until last minute of his administrative period here and I felt like shit, just like my librarian friend. I was never threatened like that before, it shocked me specially because said ex-president once was my musem director and president of my university (I don’t know if it makes sense, but he occupied the main administrative position there – is it easier to understand?), I know him for years and don’t think he needed to speak like that to us. He *knew* it wasn’t our fault but a decision made by both directors.
I felt really bad that day, so in order to enlight my mood I went to nearest bookshop and spent some money (and on following day I bought a new cellphone and the DVD – yeah, I needed to indulge myself, lol): for me I bought The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter: A Treasury of Myths, Legends, and Fascinating Facts, by David Colbert (you know, just researching in true paper – not online research, *g* - before reading HP books), and to my parents I bought Dear Dad, by Bradley Trevor Greive
and What not to wear, by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine (I’ve been reading it non stop, I love those women!). Spending money always helps me to calm, but I suppose it happens to almost all women, doesn’t it? :o)
Anyway, said ex-president decided to send said reports by regular mail to all Academy members. He asked us to correct few minor things and mail them. Well, we did it. Few hours after mailing them his secretary asked us if a letter from him had been included in envelopes. No, it hadn’t. She told me it had to be included, that’s how all documents are sent, a letter from him must be included to explain any other documents at same envelope. My jaw hit the floor very hard because nobody told us that, and of course that damn man would use it to fire us, that time for real. As soon as everybody got their letters they would phone ex-president to ask for his explanatory letter and he’d known about it... but he just told us to mail the reports, he didn’t say anything about a letter attached to them!! I felt like shit again, because I want to leave this place but I don’t want to be fired, I want to find another job first!!! So I wrote a long message to my ex-director telling him I was in deep, deep trouble and almost begging him to do something to help me. He wrote me back saying I didn’t have any guilt, that it was his decision to send that damn report by e-mail and that I shouldn’t be so worried. Later we met, he told me he’d phoned ex-president’s secretary and talked about my "innocence" in all this affair, and you know what? Ex-president didn’t even talk about the entire story again, in fact he’s been pretty gentle with me! So I’m calm again, but not too much, new board of directors seems to be very interested in making changes. It’s sure they’re going to fire our direct boss, a very annoying woman who’s been giving us a very hard time during last two years, so it’ll be a good thing, but nobody knows if they’re going to fire somebody else. Well, let’s see what will happen.

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pride_of_erin
Jul. 30th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh - you've really had a shitty time, huh?
{{{{{{{{{VERY BIG HUGS}}}}}}}}}}
adrianabr
Jul. 31st, 2005 06:27 am (UTC)
Thanks again, I'm feeling loved!! ;o)
maddiec24
Jul. 30th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC)
Eek! Job crap, I hate it! That goes on everywhere, too, I've learned. It just zaps all the energy right out of me.

You did the right thing - - shopping always makes me feel better!

You really have had a bad week! I'll be sending you good, calming thoughts.
adrianabr
Jul. 31st, 2005 06:04 am (UTC)
Problem is that it wasn't just a week, Maddie, but a few very unpleasant days... and it's not totally over yet... :o(
aswanargent
Aug. 1st, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow Adriana, you have been having a stressful time! There's a saying in English -- "when it rains it pours" -- do you know it? It's always applied to bad things, and basically means that when troubles start you don't just have one or two things go wrong, but lots and lots of things. I think you're a living example of it right now. I hope things start looking up for you soon!
adrianabr
Aug. 2nd, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
At work things are a little better - if they're going to fire people I can't do nothing, so I won't worry about it, at least not this week, lol
At family it's much worse. I wish it could be better but I'm not sure if it's possible, things had gone too far. Anyway I'm kind of relieve because many people had told me and my parents the same story happened to their families, so this craziness is not a privilege of our family. That's sad, but I don't feel alone in this awful situation.
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