Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A job that slowly kills you*
It's now been one week since I last had internet access at work. So I've have to deal with all my emails once I get home and since all the materials management and financial stuff is now done exclusively on-line, that shit is just not getting done. Even though I phone IT every 2 hours, they still can't seem to figure out why there is no more wireless access in that room.
I didn't even fucking want to get wireless, but after I was turfed out of my office into this space, I was given the option of either spending $100 for a wireless adapter or $1200-$1500 to have cable installed. I don't have that kind of money in my budget.
I'm also starting to realise that I don't have the sophistication to deal with the increased level of politics that is now being played. Well, it's probably always been played, I've just never had to actually take to the field before. I'm starting to strongly suspect that there is a conspiracy to clear the path of all remaining employees of a particular individual. I am one of the last remaining ties to this person. Oh now, that kind of paranoia will get you in the looooony bin!*
Now that I have breached my oath not to discuss work, time for some levity.
I heard a promo for myself on CBC today! And did they ever butcher my last name! Barbara Bedouin, I was called. harhar And according to the promo, I am "the most popular blogger in Calgary". Well, not me, actually; Barbara Bedouin is.
* No Surprises - Radiohead
* Can't Con an Honest John - the Streets


hilary m. said...


Like Bedouin Soundclash? Aren't they coming to the FolkFest? They probably would be flattered to share the name of the most popular blogger in Calgary. =)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha, maybe they will let be come on stage and play spoons or something, Hilary. I am looking forward to seeing them at Folk Fest!

Anonymous said...

It means "inhabitant of the desert," and refers generally to the desert-dwelling nomads of Arabia, the Negev, and the Sinai. For most people, however, the word "bedouin" conjures up a much richer and more evocative image--of lyrical, shifting sands, flowing robes, and the long, loping strides of camels.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Kelly, how do you know all these details?
I am totally going to get myself a camel, I think, or a least some flowing robes.

John Mutford said...

Ah yes. Barbara Bedouin. I'm a big fan of hers.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

She has a huge following, John. Some say it's her breathtaking beauty; other say it's her charity work with the UN.

Will said...

And who is this Barbara Bedouin ... is that your real name? and here I thought I knew you.

Sorry about the work troubles, but always a good occasion to quote great lyrics.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I guess if I ever make it big on the CBC, Will (and yeah that's bound to happen), I shall have to make it my real name.

Thanks for the sympathy on my self-pity piece. There certainly is no shortage of great lyrics to quote while griping about The Man.

Anonymous said...

doesn't everyone know about bedouin tribes?

stick with the robes...camels can be messy and don't they spit?...at the very least they have major poops to clean up

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We just didn't know all the geographic details, Kelly. And don't you think camel poop would be a good garden fertilizer?

Anonymous said...

try having them unplug the wireless router for about 30 seconds and then plug it back in. then get them to update the firmware.

i'm having the same problem with my wireless router at home. it's super gay having my entire internet crap out and then having to manually remove the power line for a while before it'll work again.

i haven't yet fully resolved my own problem yet, by the way.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

JEff, we noticed a while ago (when there were other issues) that you had to unplug the router and then reboot, but this time it doesn't do the trick. It actually doesn't even show that wireless network as within range anymore.
We're planning to get wireless at home because we can't move the cable access and need to move the computer. Does this mean we can expect hours of fun with this crap at home too? My heart goes out to you, man, on yours.

Anonymous said...

Work politics. Been there done that. I, too, was the last man standing and man did they play hard and fast. It was painful but I gave as good as I got and learned a fantasic amount about people and how they operate. Yea, I got the boot but was I glad to get out from underneath those freaks. Besides, I hated what the job had become and I was so unsuited to it. Hope your situation improves for you.

phlegmfatale said...

Bedouin - your gypsy soul roots were obviously showing. Sounds like you work with some real weenies, too. Well, ya just gotta vent, sometimes. Give em hell, hon. Throw a fit and demand the $1500 for the connection. Are you being compensated for your time at home doing work shit? I certainly hope so!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hi Leazwell - welcome! Thanks for your good wishes. It truly is a learning experience when you find yourself in that sort of situation. I'm actually finding it all prety educational, and that's not a bad thing.
I hope you are in a more suitable job now.

Thanks for your sympathy, Phlgemmy. It's an odd situation in that the people holding the money are the good guys, so I don't want to make demands for cable and/or compensation. I'm also trying to stretch out the funding. It's more a matter of university politics - space wars, etc.
We will survive!

Anonymous said...

Changing ways of life

Starting in 2006, the Barbara Bedouin tribe started to leave the traditional, Lake Lucerne life to work and live in cities of the Supreme Canadian Musical Kingdom, especially as grazing record companies have shrunken the minds of musicians and greed has grown.

(Totally ripped off from here)

Try not to let the fuckers get you down, Barbara. You know you can kick their asses ANYDAY at crokinole and that's what really matters. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Absolutely Michelle - it's all about the crokinole. Always has been.

But I know you could teach me many things about adapting to change. You are Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, you beautiful nomad!
(If you've seen the film, I didn't mean to imply that you are a bus)

Anonymous said...

Greetings to you, oh Bedouin Barb…Lawrence of Arabia has competition now that Barbara of Alberta is in town. Actually, replace the sand with snow; replace the camels with moose; and replace the Turkish Army with a tyrannical and politically corrupt employer…well, I think the whole Little Jihad on the Prairie analogy is quite apt.

And while we’re on the topic…does this make Jerry the “Sheik of Calgary”…?

I have experienced some really horrible cut-throat supervisors and administrators in the past. I have witnessed some really appalling injustice apportioned out to employees in the name of commerce and/or spite. I can think of few cases as blatant or inexcusable as those you have described. When the only career moves you can think of involve words like “escape” and “sabotage”, it’s likely time to get the hell out.

May the sands of time not besmirch your picnic.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

GOB, my man, your words of wisdom are making the moose-camels dance with glee upon the shifting snow dunes. Jerry certainly likes to think he is the Sheik of Calgary, in actuality I think Ralph Klein will likely try to scoop up that title once he is finished being King.
I think I'm going to hang in at the Ivory Towers of Higher Edumacation, because things are actually starting to get interesting. It's better than television!

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