Wednesday, March 07, 2007

ooooooohhhhhh, eeeeeeeeeekkkkk, criiiiiiiiiiiinge part 2

So, got to the bottom of this from Monday.

My former colleague in the USA, S, Phd, got back to his office to see what he'd sent . . .
(you may want to start at the bottom) (E is the woman who was my boss when I first started. The one who I've sat next to for the last almost 12 months, although it's significant that it's only 11.99 months because otherwise they'da had to pay me to go away) (she is the woman who, when I stopped working for her to report direct to the director on a new project, actually stopped talking to me. for nearly three months. and only started again when a third colleague, who sat opposite us, left, so she literally had noone else to talk to) (and this is a woman who cannot not talk)
-----Original Message-----
S, Phd
Sent: Tuesday, March 6, 2007 13:58 PM
To: Dodo
Subject: RE: Numa
OH NO! Did this come in after you left?

-----Original Message-----
S, Phd
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 3:04 PM
To: Dodo
Subject: RE: Numa

I will look forward to your report!

Cannot tolerate control freaks!

OMG, cannot believe you ate your own uncooked chicken!!!!! That's
up there with backing over yourself with your own car! :)

-----Original Message-----
From: Dodo
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 9:55 AM
S, Phd
Subject: RE: Numa

I really have no idea - I'm meeting the HR lady tomorrow morning. Am
pretty much mentally checked out.

And yes, she's seriously high maintenance. And lives in cloud cuckoo
land most of the time. But there is something likeable about her,
nonetheless. She can be very funny. But she's a super control freak and
has a very different approach to things than I do, which made working
for her quite challenging.

And yes, I poisoned myself. I looked at the chicken. I thought it
look quite done. So I put it back in the oven. (though not before
'testing' a couple of slices')(it takes an IQ of at least 150 to
accomplish such a thing)

-----Original Message-----
S, Phd
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 2:50 PM
To: Dodo
Subject: RE: Numa

You did NOT tell me that you gave the poison to yourself!!!!!??!!??!?!?

E sounds a bit high maintenance for my liking and I think you should
screw her good! :)

So, is it safe to assume that you are indeed around for another month
then and Wednesday is NOT your last day?????

-----Original Message-----
From: Dodo
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 9:46 AM
S, Phd
Subject: RE: Numa

Who knows!!

Well, I mean. I'm enjoying my day. I had lunch with a former [well known
international newspaper] colleague over at [famous london location]. He's
very senior there now so a great source of gossip! I had a salad and some
garlic bread - the first real food I've had for over a week on account
of the salmonella poisoning I gave myself (all rather embarrassing).

Today was supposed to be the day I handed over the research I did for
the non existent magazine to E - for all the good it would do her.
Anyway, she decided to 'work from home' today (which, I'm reliably
informed by sources close to this desk means shopping for a tiara for
her wedding and getting shots for her safari honeymoon). And decided
not to mention it. Or let me know. Or contact me at all today. So I think
the handover may well consist of leaving a pile of papers on her desk.

As to it being my penultimate day. I had a rather revealing
conversation with a nice lady from HR this morning who told me that I'll have a
month of being 'at risk' before commencement of any notice period. This is
rather contrary to what I'd been told around here. I've been invited to
attend an 'at risk' meeting, where the 'consultation process' will be
explained (and. Really. Am all ears on that one. Am just dying to hear
how they couldn't match my skills to any other business needs. What
with me being the only comms specialist within a mile of here that has
direct experience of working with all areas of our remaining core businesses)
and we will 'explore alternative employment options". Which presumably
won't be phrased along the lines of what I've been told already - I'm
not in the plan, I'm too expensive and they don't want anyone part
Yep. I'm a huge pile of ears.

-----Original Message-----
S, Phd
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 2:02 PM
To: Dodo
Subject: RE: Numa

Are you enjoying your 2nd to last day????

-----Original Message-----
From: Dodo
Sent: Monday, February 19, 2007 3:40 PM
S, Phd
Subject: RE: Numa


-----Original Message-----
S, Phd
Sent: Mon 19/02/2007 13:00
To: Dodo
Subject: FW: Numa

This will make you smile!


From: Mrs S, Phd
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2007 5:08 PM
To: S, Phd
Subject: Numa


At 12:19 pm, March 07, 2007, Blogger HerImperialMajesty said...

Note to self:
using this


the horror.
i confess though, i alwasy look the bottom bits of anything anyone forwards on to me for goodies.
I'm a bad person
in another life i'm a gutter journo and i go through famous people's bins, don't i?

At 12:29 pm, March 07, 2007, Blogger Schmutzie said...

Oh dear god. This is so painful and terribly hilarious. Whenever I send e-mails with any personal content like that, I don't use my office e-mail anymore, because I once accidentally sent an e-mail about a co-worker's horrid perfume to her due to an address book snafu. Oops.

At 12:34 pm, March 07, 2007, Blogger dodo said...

i know i know i know!

i didn't normally. and I did delete anything else as I went along.

this was serious snafu caused by his remote portal thingy autofilling my work email address rather than hotmail.

i'm just so glad i described working with her as challenging - which is really rather generous! since she's the only communications professional i ever met who actually didn't believe in communicating with anyone else in the business - thus rendering the idea of corp comms largely redundant.

At 4:20 pm, March 07, 2007, Blogger Slackermommy said...

I'm a little confused about Numa. What's up with that chick? Is she on drugs?

At 5:26 pm, March 07, 2007, Blogger lildb said...

that is a freakin' nightmare. we need to contact your pr people immediately. (and I officially shivered as I read it, darling D. gah.)


At 12:22 am, March 08, 2007, Blogger Lisa said...

Oh Man. That sounds like something I would have done. (Oh and I probably would have eaten the chicken too! Blah.)


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