March 25, 2009

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

I'm so irritated by all that has transpired today with my father in law, I could spit.

I can't even go into it.

We realized today that we're the only group that has not been hit with lay offs... my little group of 10.

Oddly, we're all scratching our heads. We don't get it.

Don't get me wrong... none of us wants to lose our jobs, but when every group is being annihilated and you're in some funky zone where nobody is throwing anything at you, you start doing the 'WTF?'

Someone tried to convince me that it's because of what I do for a living... what we do. Its not blog fodder as there are parts of my life that don't actually make it on here (believe it or not), but I guess lets just say I don't deal in paper airplanes. My stuff is fielded.

Usually the red headed step children of engineering, the type of job I do, it's also one of the most crucial, and so we are safe so far. Everyone needs to know how to fix their stuff...

I don't expect it to last. We think through the end of the year and then we'll be bled.

Meanwhile, I have a buddy who had absolutely one of the most crucial jobs out there, and a cool damn job at that, and his contract was pulled and ends next week.

So I don't think for a minute I'm safe. If he got nailed, its a matter of time before someone lifts up my rock and flushes me out.

But on a funnier front, wanting to end this miserable week on a high note, we have been following with great enthusiasm the divorce of THIS man.

Y'all can figure out for yourselves why.

And the following conversation ensued at work... approximately... to the best of my recollection, keep in mind, it was me, my female engineer counterpart (my age, we job share a part time job), two male engineers in their 60s (one of them my boss), my Tech Lead (my age), and our assistant a female in her mid 50s.

Bossman: Wow, did you hear? She wants something like 53K a month. That's pretty expensive... stuff.


Bossman: I mean think about it, he's in his late 60s. What are we talking about, maybe once every two weeks?

Me: Well... I don't know. With the invention of Viagra, it could be 7 times a day.

(laughter in the room)

Bossman: Well he DOES travel...

Me: So what does she look like? A Stepford Wife?

Bossman: Oh yeah... YOUNG.

Girlfriend: Blonde, young.

Me: You know... everyone has their selling price. Anyone can be bought. For 53K a month... I think I could be bought.

Girlfriend: Oh Yeah... I could get a push up bra.

Me: I'll bleach my hair and be anything you need me to be for 53K a month.

Girlfriend: Just close your eyes.

Me: Lay back and think of England.

Girlfriend: Beige, I think I'll paint the ceiling beige...

(Tons of laughter in the room...)

Me: Hell, for 53K a month, I think my husband would PIMP me out.

(More laughter)

Today we found out it was 53K A WEEK.

We didn't even know what to say.

I mean... really? What could we say? We'd pretty much said it all...

Posted by Boudicca at March 25, 2009 09:46 PM

53K/wk?--you don't EVEN understand.
She's got to tip those manicurists, etc.! GOT to take care of the little people in a down-turn!!

Posted by: virgil xenophon at March 25, 2009 11:45 PM

And.... get this -- he is claiming that she forced herself upon him, on numerous occassions. The "R" word hasn't been used yet, but it has been mightily implied that she forced him, against his will, into relations.

Lordy, lordy!

Posted by: Joanne at March 26, 2009 01:24 PM

Virgil- I think she needs to tip all those little people that work for his corporation!

Joanne- Oh we read that one too! That was the same day we realized it was 53K PER WEEK! What a frickin' train wreck...

I just have to shake my head...

I wonder how he walks into the Board Room knowing that people are looking at him thinking, "He was FORCED into relations with his Stepford Wife."

Posted by: Bou at March 26, 2009 03:19 PM

I was doing some housecleaning and noted that 4 years ago you said that you had only 16 months remaining as school treasurer. That from the post about the Board President with no manners.

Posted by: The Thomas at March 26, 2009 04:02 PM

Regarding George and Marie: He's 67ish, she's 36ish. That's a 30 year difference. There was no point to that marriage (other than her being a trophy) in the first place.

Good grief.

Oh, and Miss Marie looks a lot like my eldest daughter, "Sagacitas", but Marie looks somewhat older than Sagacitas will in another 10 years.

Marie looks her age. In another 10 years, Sagacitas might look old enough to buy liquor.

Posted by: The Thomas at March 26, 2009 04:22 PM

I can think of a few things I would do for that kind of money, but puh-lease...

The bigger question is:
What the heck would I do *with* that kind of money?
I'd give most of it away.

Who needs that much money? Really?

Posted by: Roses at March 26, 2009 05:34 PM

The Thomas- It turned into a 6 year job. ;-)

Roses- I'd put my kids through college!!!

Posted by: Bou at March 26, 2009 09:24 PM