Saturday, March 26, 2011

First of all (apparently, I am only ever to be G3)

I have to say that, a week after I sent in my, "Yes, you missed my resignation, etc.," I got another, "If you continue to be AWOL, you will be AWOL" letter (all at an 80-something-¢ postage charge for the Feds by the Feds).

This is evidence why I can't believe in "conspiracy." It's just like Dell or AT&T — they will allow some employee to say whatever (lowest common denominator) and then hedge on your not following through. Ask me for examples : )

And then to receive (they always send that which arrives in email on a Saturday, I might add), a silly thing such as this (which shows you, if true, how desperate the job-market has become — or at least was 5 months ago when we all applied for this other position):

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Employment Section II (KC)
Delegated Examining Unit
P.O. Box 24551
Kansas City, MO 64131
March 26, 2011


Dear T__________:

Thank you for your interest in the above position with the Internal Revenue Service.

We regret to inform you that your score was not high enough for you to be considered. Regulations require that selection(s) must be made in score order. Unfortunately, we had more applicants than positions.

We encourage your continued interest in a position with the Internal Revenue Service and hope that you will visit for future job opportunities with our agency.

If you have any questions, please contact this office at 816-291-9400.

Employment Section II (KC)

My dad and my oldest non-great aunt have retired from this monster, the latter only a few days ago. He is not having fun; she is, with bicycles and an RV and all that one wishes for. I was originally here to talk about that.
Daughter is smart not to call back (after message just now, a return from my message six hours ago) father who is, by message, she knows, a bit drunk, not so much that one can't drive sans checkpoints, but still.
I guess there is more snow there, 270 or so miles to the east-south-east than here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tax dollars at work

You tell me they want you to know.

Yes, a website is great, and in comparison to driving to the capital, ridiculously excellent; however, those who can't sit through hours of rambling live broadcast (due to funding) are relegated to "regular voter; sit tight and wait."

Meanwhile, the elected go on a spring break.
Don't know about public worker staff.

Here is some mail, the last bit of which has not been sent (to a public information officer of my state's legislature):

Hi, X,

Sorry to have caught you after-hours earlier; it was not clear when the vote might happen … and, last year, it took several days.

I don't have an iPhone : ) but I'm online most of the time due to responsibilities.
Your answer was prompt, but it was vague.

The bill text as passed (unless I am not looking in the right place …) is still not online.

Can you be more specific about when the true-text will be posted? As an aside / because I'd like to learn, are not these items recorded immediately (in audio)?

Thank you for your consideration,

On Mar 15, 2011, at 5:07 PM, X wrote:Hi you, the bill should be available on the house website, as soon as the text is finalized, just search for HB 7. Let me know if you need anything else.

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 15, 2011, at 5:00 PM, "i" <> wrote:

Hello, X,

We're covering Missouri Arts Council Funding, and I was wondering if you had a copy of HB 7 as amended and passed today.

(We do not have resources to be in Jefferson City or listen to the full debates when they are in progress.)

I would like to see the bill as passed ASAP, if possible (and at least to know when your staff will have it posted on the General Assembly website).

Or – if you can, please let me know what the MAC portion of the bill was in advance of the full text's being posted on the site.

Thank you, working on a deadline (of course : )


Sunday, March 13, 2011

These are not facetious tears.


Objects in motion;
you know the rest.
Resting in motion.

Monday, March 07, 2011


As in Drew's: "I'm thinking of taking out that new girl from."

Points: a message from 4.5 days ago was only just received tonight (because it was on phone-of-spouse who is blessedly disconnected from the endorphine-inducing thing that I heard is the root of why some of us obsessively check and answer emails and texts, a trait of indifference I do not share but somewhat envy);

Neither my manager nor this unknown personnel person, who repeated her partial phone number several times in the message, stumbling as if she were not able to find the paper it was written on, called ME first — or EVER.

(She concluded by giving a local number that has 11 digits and starts with the usual six for the building, a number which, oddly — can anyone else share what this is about — matched what the "missed calls" log displayed. Eleven digits.)

So, a person calls in sick well ahead of shift. Has confirmed sick-time even and conveys fact of leave-time in message.*
Does not get call back.
Goes to sleep.

Calls in subsequent night, etc.
No call back.
Thanks, manager!
Now I know the entire department is in line with the utter unhappy that I was feeling.
I thought I liked you; you did have certain encouraging skills, but perhaps you share my feelings about confrontation.

A few days before, you apologized in front of others of us to a man, who had called in three or four times when he was genuinely ill, for not calling him back!**

Condition me once.
Shame on us.

They don't love you; they don't care (and they seem barely competent, though they display more energy and "this is important" about their jobs than I ever have in public).

* Confirms (in quotes) time-off-earned only after spending at least 20 minutes clicking through and through and through on the employee convenience website, taking at least 15 minutes to make up a ridiculously proscribed password (must have 30 letters, 4.3 of them capitalized, plus 32 numbers, and at least one symbol) — a site that (surprise, bureaucracy!) provides conflicting information about my leave status.

** (I mostly believe; he's a post-cushy-corporate too-quiet-talker who seemed somewhat delicate; he really did seem to have post-24-hour stomach bug that night.)