Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Where's my Zen?

So many things on my mind at the moment. I don’t know if I’m going to write them all down… let’s see where this one goes.

The easy bit’s The Meeting. Dick and the HR Director were waiting for me this afternoon when I walked in the boardroom, and they had obviously been planning their approach. The approach, it turned out, was an offer of three months pay, two of which I was to work from 1st November until the end of the year. Wankers!! I raised them masterfully with nine months from 1st January plus full pay until the end of this year, which I’d work, and they looked at me with their poker faces as if I wouldn’t know what they were thinking. It’s all a game, of course. But I’ve met much better players… Dick’s just a dick, and was well out of his depth on this occasion, which was no surprise.

We jockeyed a bit for position and then I decided I was going to have to play hardball, which seemed to work. Because after I made it clear that I was less than impressed, and then told them that it might be easier to deal through my lawyer (followed by a grin at Dick), we finally agreed on six months lump sum payable in January, which was just what I wanted. Oh, and then for a laugh I told them I also wanted to keep the colour printer they set me up with at home, and they agreed to that too. And it looks like I also have a few grand’s worth of work between January and April from them, which is… helpful. Very helpful – I can eat!

So… did I say that was the easy bit? I think my intention was to talk about GG. Me and GG, that is, because there’s something nagging at the back of my mind. Actually, that’s not true… it was nagging before last weekend, but now its more of a clamour. I’m going to have to resolve it in my mind before I write about it, I think, but it involves… well, kissing. And kissing’s one of the most important things (when you’re a man who loves kissing). More on that another time, but all’s not well and I wouldn’t go making any assumptions just because I got a haircut and a blow job on Sunday.

Anyway, I was just on the phone to Mum earlier this evening. She’s been living on her own since dad died about six years ago. What an amazing woman… so self-sufficient now, but when they were together Dad did everything, and I mean everything, for her. I never thought she’d be able to cope on her own, and I certainly didn’t think she’d be such a revelation, even though she still cries most days. I wanted to tell her how proud I am of her, for some reason. Maybe because I couldn't remember if I'd told her before… If I hadn't, I should have done. Anyway, now I've made sure that she knows.

We were chatting about my younger brother. The one who doesn’t read this blog, but even so, I’m not going to talk about him on here. Well, save to say “Grow up, for fuck sake.” We share a birthday, but couldn’t be less alike if we were from different planets. Such a strange thing…

I think I’ll stop now, because it’s been a long day and my empty bed is calling me. Maybe a late night movie, and then a nice run before breakfast when I get up. Got to keep in shape for HNT…

Edit: I will clarify the whole kissing thing, but I only allow myself to post once per day or it'll become too distracting (yeah... like it's not already). The next one's HNT so it's kissing on Friday!

30 comments:

NewYorkMoments said...

I'm so happy for you that you got what you wanted :-) Congrats!

NewYorkMoments said...

I'm so happy for you that you got what you wanted :-) Congrats!

WDKY said...

Thanks nym. I know you mean it too.

osk said...

Hey thanks for your comment man. You sound like pretty cool guy. I was reading through some of your blogs, I gotta say some parts hilarious. And this GG girl .. nice.. keep up the good work hehehe.

I need to read even further I guess to find out more about dick and why you quit and why the hell you have to bargain for you severance. Anyhow, nice gettign what you wanted.

WDKY said...

Thanks back, osk, and enjoy reading :-)

E-E said...

seems to me you found your zen, then?

=)

stop by sometime, and give me some o' that ZEN stuff, please! I could use it!

http://emeraldeyesxox.blogspot.com/

k o w said...

Congrats friend. Through this post you have inspired me.

Surviving Online Dating said...

Nice job on getting the severance package. Call them on their bluff, eh? Well done.

j said...

good work!

and way to be nice to the mom. they need to know you think they're great- even if they caqn drive a person mental.

WDKY said...

emerald, just repeat after me... "Ummmmmmmm..." There... better?

kow, I like to spread a little insiration around. Just keep popping back, and before you know it the world will just seem like a totally different place.

sod, hi! Yes, it was fun. I also found that swearing occasionally during the meeting had quite an amusing effect.

j - mothers! I must admit, mine's rather cute though.

Internet Wombat said...

Hi,

I found your blog the other day by following a link from a link, from a link... and really enjoyed it. I have just finished going through the archives.

If the consultancy work ever appears to be a little slow, perhaps you could earn something negotiating other peoples severance for them :-)

WDKY said...

Thank you, wombat, that's very kind. I just had a quick look at yours, and was smiling at the profile description... I will have a proper read of it though.

kimmyk said...

Congrats on screwing Dick over. WTG you! LOL @ keeping the printer...that was funny. "But I want the printer".

So you're questioning things with GG huh? Best to get the answers instead of worrying yourself with these questions....one thing at a time huh?

Are you a twin? You say you and your brother share the same birthday-which made me think "twins". I'm a twin-my sister is 5 minutes older than me-which makes ME the baby of the family. She and I are COMPLETELY different-never would guess except for the appearances that we were twins. Glad to hear your mom is doing well on her own. It's amazing the strength you find when you lose someone. Good for her!

WDKY said...

Hi Kimmy... yes, the printer thing was hysterical. Mind you, it's saved me about £350 so it wasn't bad as an afterthought!

My brother's actually six years younger than me. There are no similarities between us at all, other than the fact that we both love animals! But it's much weirder that you and your twin are si different - you should blog about it.

NewYorkMoments said...

Yes. It was so nice, I had to say it twice.

You know I never say anything I don't mean. Unless I'm being sarcastic...;-)

Networkchic said...

I'm glad you were able to wrangle with Dick and get what you wanted. oooh that didn't sound so good. Hee hee. So about this GG thing, doesn't she like to kiss?

positronic said...

Or doesn't she kiss well?

positronic said...

BTW What kind of consulting do you do? Can you explain simply for a business-world illiterate whose idea of banking is a cash machine?

unforgiving b*tch said...

congratulations on getting what you wanted...You're going to have to teach me what you know one day.

ladylongfellow said...

Kudos...my severance package negotiating hero! For some reason just using the word "lawyer" scares them into submission!

You're gonna have to blog about that kissing thingy.

TJ said...

I can relate to the wayward younger brother situation. After he blew his college scholarship and was kicked out, he drifted from one dead-end job to the next. But something took hold a couple of years ago, and now he's got a good, steady job and a great girlfriend who is a positive influence on him.

Hopefully your brother will get his act together in due time--but unfortunately, grief and frustration sometimes come with the territory when you're the older one.

TJ said...

and I have two words for GG:

breath mints

WDKY said...

nym - do I have to thank you again then?

nwc - thank you. And all will be revealed!

pos - it's infrastructure management... mainly property and support services. There's a name for it but I don't want it to be searchable.

ub/ll - thanks again. I was good, if I say so myself.

tj, my brother's 38!! If he hasn't got his act together by now...

emma said...

waiting for the kissing details is driving me crazy, just so you know mr man.

WDKY said...

Hmmmm... well, the HNT picture's quite a nice one...

NML said...

I'm super impressed and very proud and pleased for you!

WDKY said...

I think you're pretty impressive too.

kt said...

well done wdky, you are obviously a negotiation whizz. I must remind myself to be careful around you...

I have a similar thing with my brother. Baffling, isn't it?

Looking forward to the kissing ;-)
oh, and your HNT

WDKY said...

Be careful around me? Looking ofrward to the kissing?

kt... shhhh!

kt said...

:-) oops, sorry