Letters From My Readers

Dear Michelle,


You wrote about your temp job: “The morons who run the joint are so disorganized that I can spend all day writing my screenplay and get paid for it.”

Are you joking?  Don’t you think that is dishonest of you?  Shouldn’t you work for your money like the rest of us?


Rusty


Dear Rusty,


Not joking.  Well, maybe I don’t’ spend ALL day writing screenplays: usually I have a meeting that lasts an hour, where we discuss what we are going to do…later this year.  My boss never wants me to do anything without going through her first; and if she is in a meeting for 2 days and thus unreachable, I am not allowed to make any decisions.  So, what shall I do?  I write!


Thanks for reading,

Michelle


Dear Michelle,


You wrote about your temp job: “This week they let my email account expire, so in the 8 days it will take them to re-set it, I worked on my screenplay.”

You are joking, right?  No company could take 8 days to re-set an email account.  No company would pay you to spend 8 days writing your screenplay.


Rusty


Dear Rusty,


Not joking.  I could set up an entire computer network in the time it takes them to go through an approval chain to turn my email back on.  Then, they will have lost all my email from the server, so I will be required to call all my internal clients and ask them to re-send everything they have mailed me for the past 2 weeks.

And, Rusty, guess what?  This company is a Fortune 50 company.  Nope, not Fortune 500.  They are in the top 50 of world-wide companies any way you measure it—gross revenue, net, number of customers, time in business.

Boggles the mind, doesn’t it?  Life is not logical.  That’s why we write screenplays.


Michelle


Dear Michelle,


You wrote: “I got my writing partner a temp job at the same company.  They are actually making her work and I resent that.”

You are joking, right?


Baffled at the unfairness of life,

Rusty


Dear Rusty,


Not joking.  Sadly, not joking; but I understand how it might sound.  It is interesting to observe myself as I have gotten more and more cynical about working for these people.  The company has abused me so often

  • cancelling a 6 month contract 2 months into it
  • then calling me at 9 PM saying they changed their minds and I should come in the next day
  • then reorganizing the department and cancelling the contract again after 4 months
  • then calling me on a Sunday saying to come back in on Monday
  • then hiring 3 contractors to do one job and not telling any of them that there are 2 others assigned to the same thing

…that I feel if I can sneak some time back from them, it is only fair.  Karmic.


Michelle


Dear Michelle,


You wrote: “We sneak into the women’s bathroom and work on our screenplay.”

Are you serious?


Increasingly confused,

Rusty


Dear Rusty,


Not serious.  We reserve a conference room.


Michelle

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2 Responses to Letters From My Readers

  1. Old friend August 23, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Michelle,

    This is Rusty and I did not ask you any of those questions.

    Rusty

  2. shyman August 24, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Rusty! How have you been all these years?

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