Yesterday was among the more interesting days I’ve had around my office. Jill alerted me that my column had been published, and at lunchtime my boss came back from the lunchroom congratulating me. I explained about the community columnist position and that I’d be writing once per month. We were having a thoughtful conversation on language and immigration when I got a page call from Mary on the other side of the office. Mary is one of my favorite Medico-Mart employees, she is gritty and sarcastic and has opinions about everyone, but more than that, she’s real and honest, and doesn’t take part in office-related crap – my kind of person.
Anyway, I pick up the phone in the middle of this conversation we are having in the vaccine deparment and I hear “Laura, Mikey says you’re a communist!” It was really funny at the time. Apparently “Mikey,” or Mike the warehouse guy who we also work closely with here in the vaccine department, got so excited when he saw me in the paper that he went over to Mary, who hadn’t seen the paper yet, and shouted something about me being a “community communist.” I told Mary she hadn’t seen anything yet. =)
This morning, a few people commented that they had read and enjoyed my article yesterday evening, one VP who was recently featured in a medical distributor trade magazine said during this year’s Christmas party, he and I can claim to be the only people who “got published” this year.
I fear, however, that I am becoming one of those people who is amused by mundane office happenings that aren’t really funny. When I first started here, I couldn’t believe the things that caused a ruckus around here – a sales rep cutting a watermelon with a large but dull knife, the billing lady simultaneously turning on the row of six dancing, singing stuffed animals that “decorate” one of the shelving units, test-driving around the warehouse on a posh motorized wheelchair that had just come in. I used to think all this was a little lame, but now, in my generally dull job, I find these things rather amusing too.
It’s also been interesting to read the comments I have gotten in my special Journal-Sentinel e-mail box since yesterday. There have been some really nice comments, and two really bad ones. I mean, people can be amazingly deluded and mean – if you want to know what I am talking about, read the comment by WO below my previous entry. That wasn’t all of it either. He also posted a column that described how with the birth rates among Latinos, white America is going to disappear during the next 50 years. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that when I have kids, they will be, in his words, of the “polluted” sort as well. Why can’t we all get along?!
By the way, does anyone have a copy of yesterday’s paper – I only get my subscription on the weekend so I don’t have a paper copy. I could have picked one up on the way home but I didn’t have cash, then I went for a bike ride on my new bike and totally forgot. Dad? Can you save yours for me?