Friday, June 06, 2008

when they come on a different day just like this one

I did not see that coming.

I met with the director yesterday to "discuss future opportunities", fully expecting to be given a boot in the ass out the door. Instead I was told that the new emperor would be making the personnel decisions. Fair enough.

The director has commended me before on my professionalism, and when we then started a discussion about the logistics of the power transfer, I think I opened his eyes to some of the complexities of a multi-centred research group and the need to have someone to facilitate a smooth functioning of the research. I was on top of my game, I tell you.

I actually avoided talking about myself personally in the position in question, until he asked me directly what I saw my options as. When I told him that I was not committed to remaining in medicine, but was instead entertaining options in arts communications, I could see a shift in his focus. We ended the meeting with the director telling me that he was contacting the new emperor immediately and strongly recommending that he hire me to remain in my current position.

I meet with the new emperor early next week. If offered the position, I am going to demand a pay increase.

Damn I'm good.

Friday Top Five Random Thoughts Rattling Around in My Brain:
1. The robins nesting in our yard this year are trailer trash. They crap all over the place and they're butt ugly and I swear they are mentally defective. I guess that's what happens when robin cousins marry.
2. Remember when Edward Norton used to be hot? The Incredible Hulk? Please. Edward, whatever happened to Fight Club and American History X?
3. World Report on CBC radio has been broadcasting old news snippets to mark their 40th anniversary. There sure are a lot of dead CBC reporters and broadcasters.
4. The upside to this incessant coughing has been my new sexy deep voice. I can now sing along with The National pitch perfectly.
5. The giant inflated polar bear wearing sunglasses and a sumo outfit that is pimping hot tubs outside a tent on the corner of MacLeod and Heritage makes absolutely no sense.
Who's up for another list?
Friday Random Ten:
1. The clearing - Arab Strap
2. Reconstruction site - the Weakerthans
3. Optimistic - Radiohead
4. Do you wanna touch me - Joan Jett
5. Illegal smile - John Prine
6. Video bargainville - Moxy Fruvous
7. This velvet glove - Red Hot Chili Peppers
8. Sixties remake - Tokyo Police Club
9. I'm waiting for the man - Velvet Underground
10. Speedway - Morrissey
I hope all the random thoughts and random playlists that live inside your brain are in perfect harmony today. Make some beautiful music this weekend.


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Stick it to the man!

Karen said...

You are my hero. I guess that should be heroine. You're my drug? It's a good thing it's Friday...

JustRun said...

I don't usually use this "word" but I think it might be appropriate here: Woot! Go you.

And yes, I do remember when Ed Norton used to be hot. Always a little creepy, yes, but also some hot.

Allison said...

Glad to hear the first round of meetings went well. You're a superstar!

Now, was the inflated polar bear wearing big Jackie-O type glasses? Because that makes all the difference.

John Mutford said...

What's the sound of two hands clapping?

Danny Tagalog said...

Picture of the sumo polar bear please, you tease!

mellowlee said...

Barb, you totally rock!!! :O)
Sorry haven't been by so much, but I have a house full of sick people :O( Bleh!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The man has been stuck to, Dr M! Power to the minions!

I've never been able to wrap my head around that word either, Karen. ButI think we should all stay off the crack this weekend.

I even get a rarely used word, Justrun? I am honoured!
It's a shame when hot and slightly creepy actors go cartoonish.

A superstar?! Those are pretty big shoes, Al.
They were more Jack Nicholson glasses than they were Jackie O glasses, and I'm not sure if that's good or bad.

It's kinda like this, John: clap, clap, clap.
The slow clap is the same, but slower.

I must bring my camera along on the next trip past there, Danny, this is a sight you really must see.

Those sickies better smarten up, so they can throw you a major birthday bash, Mel!

Evelyne said...

Wow, what you did is awesome!

Hope that the coughing will stop soon, unless you like your new voice

Anonymous said...


I have nothing constructive to say.

Anonymous said...

The new emperor ain't got no clothes without you.

Todd said...

well done!! hehe. that's all I really have to say. I'm impressed. :) Good luck with all of the meetings!!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I do like my new voice, Evelyne, but not enough to put up with the hacking up bits of lung. It's getting better, though.

I don't know, Ruh, JOHN PRINE is a pretty constructive comment!

The new emperor may still not want me around, Gifted, but at least I now think that I am hot shit and will be very demanding if asked to resign.

Thanks,Todd, I have to admit I sort of impressed myself too. Funny what you can do when called upon to prove yourself.

Dale said...

Damned trashy robins, I blame them for the craziness all around.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think they're loaded half the time, Dale. They blame the berries but I think it's crack.

Conky said...

yer going to hell 4 that crack about Ed as the Hulk.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Just because you now have such a close personal relationship with jeebus, doesn't mean you know if I'm going to hell, Jen. Although I likely am.