Thursday, February 14, 2013

Called on the dirty carpet

I got into some trouble at work.

I am not free to discuss every gritty detail, but let's just say it involved a push sweeper that several individuals consistently misidentified as a Swiffer product.

More specifically, it involved me not bringing it to the shoe store.

There was some real concern that the Swiffer was being underutilized, and this lead to a wider discussion about my interest in the work we do at that particular job site.

It was even proposed that bringing the Swiffer back and forth from the store to the classroom might be a problematic task for me.

I have no illusions about myself; I've got some problems.

Or as one of my more angst ridden students used to announce on a regular basis, "I've got pwoblems."

Just declaring that you have pwoblems does not excuse bad behavior.

However, it is in no way pwoblematic for me to transport a Swiffer that is not a Swiffer anywhere at all.

I genuinely enjoy walking around with a wobbly metal cleaning device that continually catches on things and changes my direction of movement.

 I am, however, really angry with the people that have questioned my ability to manage the near-overwhelming responsibility of dusting beneath Fergilicious brand knee high boots; the hard part comes when you have to put the boot back down.

Because a detailed breakdown of cleaning a shoe store could not be anything but fascinating, let me proceed.




Look at me there, all hard working and in command.

How could you question my dedication?

Watch how much patience I have:






















19 comments:

  1. I guess you'd better start paying respects to the Dust Bunny gods for your shameful behavior. Silly you. (For some reason this whole incident reminds me of the movie "Spirited Away" directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Have you ever seen it?)

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    1. Thank you for always commenting scousewife! I really like that movie. I also really like it that someone still reads this blog.

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  2. First the Non-Swiffer, then chaos.

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    1. Hi Mandy! Did your daughter really have scarlett fever? Thats crazy-thanks for always reading-I really appreciate it.

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    2. Yes, but it turns out Scarlet Fever is just Strep throat with a red rash thrown in for funsies. Thank you for asking. I love LOOOOOOVE your blog so need to thank me.

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  3. There is a HUGE difference between a push sweeper and a Swiffer, and I think the Swiffer people would be pretty pissed if they saw their name being used so casually. Your employer better watch out, there may be a whistleblower reading this blog.

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    1. What do you think the Swiffer people look like? I wonder if they are tall and really skinny, but then all flat and mop-like at the bottom

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  4. I say, don't trust people who wear that much purple. I don't even trust ME when I where a purple shirt.

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    1. If the person I drew in that purple shirt ever sees how I drew her, I will be in deep and terrible trouble

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  5. Do these co-worker folks think you just go out on joy-rides with the kids or what?!? "Ice Cream Parade" is a lovely answer to their stupid questions. Just answer dumb shit with MORE dumb shit. And Swiff your pwobwems away

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    1. Well, in their defense, i do my fair share of time wasting, but now is not the time to concede weakness and pwoblems

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  6. Great post Gween. The crap we all put up with during our jobs... People are the worst but we're forced to tolerate them.

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    1. Thanks Justin! I am better at being terrified by people than tolerating them I think

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  7. My name is Ellen and I am going to use your cartoon drawing of an Ellen for my Facebooks, ok? I often dust the same spot for 5 minutes at a time, so it's totally appropriate.
    Sincerely
    Other Ellen

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    1. Well hi, Ellen! You can use any of my pictures that you want
      sincerely,
      gweenbrick

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    2. Even the ones of you naked on the bus? I thought I signed a paper saying I couldn't use those.

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  8. I'm jealous that you can so openly comment on the troubles and angst you feel from work. When I finally have the nerve to blog about that stuff, I wind up with prosaic gobbeldy-goook about the nature of human heirarchy in posts like this one. Ugh.

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    1. P.S. What happened to the last blog post, about your beard growing? I didn't get to read it all and now Blogger says the page doesn't exist.

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    2. Hi DPL, I took it down because it sucked.

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