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Holy fuck this is boring



I work here:

6. Forever

46. Chair

I have two flat panel monitors in front of me and a phone headset on my head. On one monitor there's a view of the inner guts of the massive German financial/logistical system I'm being trained in. In my ear is the high-pitched voice of the trainer, saying "we're going to make our own field reference, but in this particular one, we're going to change setting for that ATP we just looked at and we're gonna make that a required field, okay?"

Yeah, okay! Woot!

Arrayed around me on my desk are a box of Kleenex, a bottle of extremely foul-tasting herbal "Lung Support" tincture, four empty packets of Emergen-C, a large mug of coffee, a currently-empty water bottle, and the remnants of the lunch I ate at 9:00 a.m.

"Now, look at that field. It's required, right? If I used Plant 1000 would be still be required?"

There's not enough caffeine in the world.

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karen_jk
Apr. 27th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Oh help! Also hard to understand...

I decided to do a teaching degree partly as cubicles give me the heebie jeebies. But...I hope sometimes your work is more fun.

emeraldsedai
Apr. 27th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
Cubicles are nasty. My work is hardly ever what I'd call "fun," but it has its interesting challenges and rewards, and generally I work with a really nice group of people.

Mostly, it's a job, and I'm grateful to have it.
kyriadalyn
Apr. 28th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
at least you have windows! I know I don't! DX
emeraldsedai
Apr. 28th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
Hah, I wish! In that picture, I'm standing in my cubicle. The windows you see are the windows. They're nowhere near me, small, in deep embrasures, tinted gray, and generally looking out on Portland weather.

We don't call it the World's Tallest Basement for nothing.
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emeraldsedai
Apr. 28th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
Actually, I have to say that it's a little better today. My cold has abated a little so I rode my bike--almost guaranteed to improve any day--and the training material has become more relevant, so at least there's SOMETHING for me to hook my mind on.

If it had stayed like yesterday for three more days, it would have been hell indeed.
raindancer_jess
Apr. 28th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. I refer to my workspace as The Cave; except that I share it with two other people, who can see my monitor at all times which makes me incredibly paranoid on top of the boredom. At least they feed us, which is nice, and I do appreciate the paycheck that comes from being a chair-warmer.

emeraldsedai
Apr. 28th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
I finally got my overlords to agree to a desk setup where my monitors aren't facing the world. My reasoning was that if you're going to cram us into an environment where detailed, intensive work is required but everyone's incredibly noisy and on the phone a lot, you have to let me use noise-blocking earphones, right? Right, they agreed.

So if I'm effectively deaf, I need to see you when you come up to my cubicle, right?

Right, they agreed.

So I now face out into the shared space, and my monitors don't. It's a significant improvement.
raindancer_jess
Apr. 28th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
Lucky! I will remember this argument for future use.
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