Friday, June 23, 2006
The Devil and Other Obsessions
The thing I loved most about this book is the fact that it made me really step back and think about how much I've been complaining about my new job. Namely, my new boss. Well yes, he is a tad stricter than I'm used to (at my old job I made my hours and worked half day Sundays so I could see Ryan on Mondays), but at least he doesn't humilate me and tell me I'm an idiot. At least there's that. ;-)
Speaking of work, I am all kinds of pissed off about something that happened yesterday. I was walking back to my desk from the water cooler and not being in too much of a hurry, I browsed the flyers on the wall as I went. About halfway back, I stopped dead in my tracks. Someone had had the NERVE to post Protect Marriage propaganda bullshit on the wall at work! It turns out that in AZ there is a group of people who is collecting signatures for a bill of some sort, and they're coming up short. The flyer on the wall was actually a printout of someone's personal yahoo email account, and they hadn't even bothered to remove the name from the 'To:" line before hanging it up at work!
It is no secret that I'm pro-gay. Well, that is it is no secret out here in the blogosphere. At work? I just don't feel its appropriate to talk about. I sit there grinding my teeth when the guys make horrid jokes about gay people because I know that no matter what I say, there's no changing minds that are closed.
The point is, what gives anyone the right to put something like that up in a professional work environment? Do they naively assume that EVERYONE agrees with them and would thank them for bringing this matter to their attention. Well I, for one, was offended.
The irony? It is diversity week at my work.
Further irony? The man who posted this flyer is currently in the middle of a divorce. Way to protect marriage buddy.
I promptly tore down the flyer and ripped it into as many pieces as I could. My only regret is that I didn't save it and turn him into the ethics department.
I attempted self portraits tonight. For some reason my pictures are not turning out crisp when I control the camera myself (aperture/shutter speed etc.) Its really frustrating. I'm going to think on it and try again another day.
Bye for now.
I'm Amanda. I'm an engineer in an industry full of men, a professional wedding and family portrait photographer, a firefighter's wife, a traveler, and a dogMa.