pursuit of the corner office (thread re-incarnation)


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Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 10, 2013 - 09:29am PT
i had something to share but
all i found is a void where
inyoazz's thread once was,
so outta thedirt, into the sky,
comes this thread
it had no father, only a mother called merry.

plus i love to talk about myself,

for a few years i did time in the field of
our building, nothing but walls and ceiling
about me. oh, and a floor.
i had a picture of a naked mountain on my desk.

eventually i won one window,
then, later, two perpendicular.
i'd finally arrived
at the confluence of two peripheries defining my confinement.
the naked picture got shitt-canned at this point.

i wasn't elated.
the damn windows were dual-pained,
my gaze got stuck in that vacuum void between glass.
so i intensified my stare, but it always reflected
off the exo-skin of my building's eyes.

so i quit the f*#king job.
got real poor.
got real traveled (in that order)
then got real pregnant (actually my girlfriend carried the fetus but she always said that "we" were pregnant)

so i limped back to the man,
and reinstated my sentence.

guess where i ended up?
no sh#t, in the janitor's closet.
the building had filled up due to economic detonations.

so i spent a year in the closet,
where the conditioned air never really reached.

it didn't matter,
for i was thick in the pocket,
and the wife flung mountainettes into our padded whirld.

then i won my way back to the
land where i could see real life, outside.

a few years go by.
and, again i quit.

i started my own company,
now i contract with my former employer,
and i sit in my wooded cabin, that
is barely a confine for it's more outside than in,
ever since that tree with a hard-on fell at us.
Credit: Norwegian

and just now,
i put down my pencil
and stepped out into the brisk dawn
and stood by a small fire
while i drank my tepid tea.
i faced south,
the sun rose against my left cheek.

f*#k, windows, man.
we can do better.

A long way from where I started
Apr 10, 2013 - 09:33am PT
Ah, yes. Does gaining the corner office mean losing something else?

Promoted? Or cornered
Captain...or Skully

Apr 10, 2013 - 09:35am PT
Perspective, again? Man, that old dog gets Around, huh?

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Apr 10, 2013 - 09:36am PT
Management, even with a raise, often means a loss of money when counted per unit headache.

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Apr 10, 2013 - 09:45am PT
Those words are very real for me (especially in my current time).
Hope u don't mind but I'd like to print that post so I can position it next to the "naked mountain" I'm putting BACK on my desk.

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Apr 10, 2013 - 10:19am PT
So elcapinyoazz deserves then to be put in the deleted thread thread.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 10, 2013 - 11:03am PT
Deleted threads are one way to promote goodwill.
Credit: mouse from merced
Buddha-approved corner office for ya.

No windows.


Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 10, 2013 - 11:19am PT
YES! Please place me on Bill's pout list. What ever will I do with my good name sullied by a "thread deleter" label? Oh my.

In seriousness, I deleted because I got the input I was looking for (thanks to everyone who weighed in), and a few too many personal details popped up (there's a reason I post under an avatar/pen name/whatever, and that is plausible deniability/privacy).

Anyhow, Weejun, quitting jobs to live in the dirt isn't a foreign concept to me, I've done it several times...at 25, at 27, at 33, at 35. But there comes a time in the white collar world where, if you are not in a field conducive to consulting work and small one-three man shops, or contract/project-based work like programming, those 12-18mo resume gaps start coming back to haunt you. Each time through the process, when going back to the grind it becomes more and more difficult to find a good job...because who wants to hire someone that isn't stable and won't likely stick around?

Bottom line for me, if I can get through the first year in the boss's seat, it will get much easier. Not only because of the learning curve, but because our org is in the middle of massive upheaveal that will eventually settle down. I can see myself comfortable and happy in the position, and am satisfied where I live, do NOT want to relocate. My bigger plan all along has been to build enough pension years (one beauty of the fed system is that it still has defined benefit pensions, and a printing press to back it up) and save enough cash that I can retire by 50, possibly as early as 45-47. Of course that would mean about 10 years of living on savings, passive income, or even a part time job until pension kicks in, which seems do-able. I don't have expensive tastes, except in chocolate.

As a 20-something, I hoped to be cashed out and done by 45. That was a little unrealistic, especially since I've taken those stints off to climb full time. So I'm more or less on track. First world problems, for sure.
Captain...or Skully

Apr 10, 2013 - 11:22am PT

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2013 - 11:25am PT
yes sir,
your life is just right as you alone author it.

i don't mean to discredit your decisions by shouting out mine.
i cannot discern regret from elation, so i am immune to the
consequences of poor life choices.

to be completely honest,
the main reason that im granted the liberties of a sloppy career,
is because i married a stalwart wife, who is disciplined in hers.

cheers and salutations.

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Apr 10, 2013 - 11:28am PT
Things that are tolerable in the first year can often become less tolerable with every passing year.

Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Apr 10, 2013 - 11:32am PT
Either you're the tool or you're the tooled. You either bone up or be boned.

It's a cutthroat world out there.

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Apr 10, 2013 - 11:36am PT
False dichotomy.

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Apr 10, 2013 - 11:53am PT
Do notice that I said "can", Locker, implying that that is a possibility, but not the only one.

Learn your own damned language.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 10, 2013 - 12:14pm PT
The corner office I want.

Credit: survival

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Apr 10, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
You could have just as easily put the word MORE in there, instead of LESS...

But that point of view had already been pointed out.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 10, 2013 - 12:38pm PT
WILL you two control yourselves?

We are looking at and fondling Weej's ego, not you guys's.

MAY we proceed.

--un-management :)

Apr 10, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
In January of this year I got real stupid and moved to Oklahoma for a woman. Things were going great. Got a great job, lots of smootchie smootchie, except I lust uncontrollably for my ex, Sierra. So I just quit my job last week. I must head back to CA to reunite with my EX. And to make up for my transgressions I will spend the entire summer alone with my true love, Sierra.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 10, 2013 - 12:56pm PT
That bitch Sierra? What a slut. She'll give it up for anyone with two boots that's willing to hike her flanks.

She's got lots of boyfriends dude, trust me on that.

Hope you don't mind sharing yer woman....sheesh....

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 10, 2013 - 01:02pm PT
He who laughs last laughs best. Right, Weege?
Yeah, I turned down a prime position in a similar janitor's closet in an
almost windowless building in Langley, Virginia. It was also waaay too
far from any sort of climbing I liked. Hell, I turned down an even better
job in Berkeley because it was too far from real mountains like Seattle.
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