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first of all, is there any particular reason why my harddrive drawer magically stopped closing? i mean, it does close, but then the light blinks orange 3 times, and it opens back up. it does this if there is a cd in there, or if it is empty. this angers me greatly.

second of all, ever do something... well, of course you have, but let me finish! ever be joking around with a group of people, and you're on a roll - you're witty and wonderful, and everyone is laughing at your jokes, then all of a sudden, you say something.... and realize IMMEDIATELY that you have gone too far, and that you have just managed to alienate every single person in that group with one fell swoop? erm, yeah, i did that yesterday at work.

we were joking around in our little headsets, cracking jokes back and forth (at office max, btw)... everyone was chuckling, and i felt like i was part of the group (for those that may not know, i have good social nights and bad social nights there, one reason why i freaking hate it, because it's like high school all freaking over again..). cathy went to grab my radio off of my waist, and began struggling, because it wouldn't release. when she did finally get it, although it was on my right side and to the back, she somehow managed to undo my belt and pull it out a bit. i chuckled and said into the radio (once i got it back) "cathy is trying to take my pants off!" everyone kind of chuckled, and then i said playfully "cathy, i'm not that kind of girl! hee hee! get OFF me!"

immediately cathy, and alberto both simultaneously fwipped their heads towards me and went, disgustedly "whaaat?!?!" my grin froze on my face as i moved my eyes to look at them like 'woops.'.. the manager, mary, came over the radio and said "i can hear you! red light!" meaning borderline being written up.

no one talked to me for the rest of the night. i was immediately turned into the massive social perverted outcast, because i had jokingly cracked a pun that involved lesbian sex with an 19 year old. i tried chuckling with deb or cathy, saying that what i had planned to say ended up coming out all wrong, and even apologized to cathy. nothing helped.

once again, i freaking HATE that job. i want out.

but i need money.

and also, note to self: whenever someone is coming through your line and buying a Christian card making software kit, do not, and i repeat: do NOT, make comments about hiding qualudes and vodka under your register. they will not find it funny, and it will make your worker/customer relationship strained VERY quickly, no matter how fun things were before that.

my dearest oldest online friend, Rupert, called me today. it made me happy. we both learned that only American cats whistle.

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jecook
Nov. 17th, 2003 05:24 pm (UTC)
I hate to break it to ya, but....
Sounds like your cd-rom drive is defective. Bummer.

I did the alienate your co-workers thing once. we eventually got over it.

Hopes things get better over there.
talkingpotato
Nov. 17th, 2003 05:35 pm (UTC)
aww :-( poor aubrey
What a bad day. I think you are hilarious though, and I feel that miss 19 yr old shouldn't be undoing other people's belts and have her hands all over their clothes to begin with.
Apparently your manager didn't care about what happened to cause that harmless joke, which btw I thought was funny. And I'm a prude AHHAHA So if I think it's funny, nothing is wrong! ;-D
dreamrot
Nov. 17th, 2003 05:48 pm (UTC)
actually, that sort of thing happens to me more often than I should admit. Luckily...I enjoy that sort of awkwardness, and people aren't too put off by it anymore. At least, they don't stop talking to me.

Besides, you don't know for sure where the line is with people unless you're willing to cross it.
colonelpanic
Nov. 17th, 2003 05:53 pm (UTC)
I do not see where that went too far - she almost de-pantsed you, I really think that was the "too far" of the situation if there was one. Just one of those things ya had to "be there" for, not on a headset half a store away like your manager was. Too bad for him, just missed all the fun so he had to muck it all up. (Actually, isn't that the very duty of a manager?)

My cat seldom whistles when she's awake, the most noise she makes in that vein is a little whiny snore she sometimes gets in deep into cat sleep mode. When she'll work her way up to "Ode to Joy" is anyone's guess, mostly she'll probably just continue sleeping. And who can blame her.
baryon
Nov. 17th, 2003 06:22 pm (UTC)
I thought it was funny. The people you work with in jobs like that can be such prudes though, you really have to watch what you way.

A small piece of something may have broken off and is now preventing the cd-rom tray from closing all the way. So your cd-rom tray keeps opening up because it won't close properly. You probably need to get a new cd-rom drive (they are cheap nowadays). But you might be lucky and be able to do this:
1. With the cd-rom tray open, shut down the computer
2. Unplug the power cable.
3. Lift the computer and turn it over in different directions gently, listening for anything loose.
4. If you hear something loose, you might be lucky and the small piece that was preventing the tray from closing is now out of the way.
xunchainedx
Nov. 17th, 2003 06:29 pm (UTC)
::wince::
open mouth, insert foot.
that's pretty much the story of my life.
god, your co-workers have no sense of humour. if they can't take a joke like that, then they deserve to be offended.
bookwitch
Nov. 17th, 2003 07:08 pm (UTC)
Sheesh, sounds like you and hubby have a similar working environment.

(I am speaking, of course, about jokeshart)

He transferred from my store to take over a position in another store.
They are HYPERSENSITIVE there. To say the least.
He can't be himself there.
Well, there are maybe 2 people he can be himself with, and one of those came from our store too.

I'm sorry you had such a rough day. :(
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aditu
Nov. 17th, 2003 07:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm quite awkward with people sometimes. It's frustrating. :P
I'm sorry the job is sucking so much. You just need Michael's to promote you so you can get 40 hours there. :)
American cats whistle? Huh?
aubkabob
Nov. 17th, 2003 07:58 pm (UTC)
LOL! basically, i was talking to Rupert, and mom started whistling in the background. i had stated that we had the largest stray cat ever sleeping on the couch (to which he replied "who, brian setzer?" which cracked me up, because i had just pulled the same pun with nothinganything just minutes before...).. so when mom started whistling, he said "is that the cat?" and i chuckled and said "no, it's my mom." he and i giggled, and i told mom what we were laughing at. she said wryly "yes, rupert, all american cats whistle, didn't you know?" to which we were automatically granted with a running gag for the remainder of the conversation...
silverwraith
Nov. 17th, 2003 08:37 pm (UTC)
I guess I can see why someone might be offended, but not so much under these circumstances...you obviously weren't meaning anything by it. people are often way too sensitive.
asillittle
Nov. 17th, 2003 08:40 pm (UTC)
aw grrrr i hate it when people are snobs like that! They just don't get it. Boob on them...(honey don't really put your boobs on them) :)
dafadddu
Nov. 18th, 2003 05:58 am (UTC)
Geez, what an ass.

It's not like you were coming on to her or something, SHE was the one with hands all over YOU. She should be the one to get a warning.

Wow, what a sucky job :
atariprincess
Nov. 18th, 2003 12:19 pm (UTC)
This post made me laugh. I love you, Aubs!
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