brian kinney

What I twittered today

  • 12:47 Reading What America Eats. Why are we buying fish and clams instead of picking them up off the bay? Ok kids. Who knows how to fish? #
  • 12:48 Also, WHO wants to go clamming with me? It's summer! Let's go pick CLAMS! (Yes, it's legal and you can do it... somewhere not too far away.) #
  • 12:48 Ideal day: picking cherrystone clams, then cherries. Or the other way around? Then EATING THEM. We could make clam pemmican! (ew.) #
  • 12:49 I do think it's fair to talk about fishing, etc., as "picking clams/fish/whatever", because we say it about veg, and PLANTS ARE PEOPLE TOO. #
  • 12:51 This is really why I'm not a vegetarian. Well, that and sashimi. #
  • 12:51 And pigs. #
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What I twittered today

  • 22:41 RT @NoraReed: Oh man I did not realize it was Joss Whedon's birthday! I guess I have to kill everyone I love and then get cancelled #
  • 22:49 @celesteh It's for things like depression, anxiety, out of control rage, etc. Not "getting rid of your emotions". #
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What I twittered today

  • 22:52 I know that I am being a crabapple (which I always mentally pronounce Krabappel, as in Edna) but dear steampunks: I hate your tiny top hats. #
  • 22:52 @uncola I can't believe we both independently posted Simpsons references. Synchronicity or what? #
  • 22:54 Warm-if-you-stay-out-long-enough-or-avoid-the-breeze is not warm. Taking off your SWEATSHIRT is not warm. 85 and up is warm. #
  • 22:54 If you put on a sweatshirt at any point in the day, it is not warm enough out. #
  • 22:55 I just don't like that our NON AIR-CONDITIONED office, with the fans turned OFF, is so cold that I wish I had a sweater. In June. WTF. #
  • 22:56 I hate this picture about five times as much as I think is healthy for me. Which is a lot more than IS healthy. #
  • 22:57 Okay, here is how much I hate the tiny top hat picture. IT MAKES ME HATE THE INTERNET. I need to go to bed. And schedule a lobotomy. #
  • 22:59 Getting these necklaces custom-made to try to dampen down the insanity. It's the serenity, 3rd,&7th step prayers. #
  • 23:02 Doh. The pendant I already ordered (serenity prayer one) comes without a chain. Oh well. I want four million of their pendants. #
  • 23:02 I want the bird one and the music one and another bird one and a heart one and I have to go to bed now. #
  • 12:38 GAAAH. I can't make bid sheets for our stupid sucky meeting's stupid LATE silent auction because they're in my work email & I'm on furlough. #
  • 12:40 I want to throw a temper tantrum. I wish I could go to Emotions Anonymous, but it's at the same time as my stupid mtg's biz mtg tonight. #
  • 12:40 I'll throw a temper tantrum here instead. My mtg sucks! It is stupid! It is super irresponsible & unhelpful and nothing ever gets done! Rar! #
  • 12:40 There. 140 characters, bitches. #
  • 12:41 YOU'RE not a bitch. I was just saying "bitches". I didn't mean anyone in particular. Ok. I have clearly gone over the edge here. Fuck work. #
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I hate hate hate hate my job. Haaaaaaaaate with a frothy side of hatefest. I have worked for about this amount of money for a long time, and I've never been expected to do so much for so little. What happened to arouse my ire today? Well, I'll tell ya.

(1) We were understaffed and, of course, nothing is coordinated with anything else. So on top of one EDD person calling in sick for the whole week, one being poached by another office three days a week (now they want 4), one being in training, and I think two being on furlough and... I forget where Sonia was... so on top of six people being out, the office we're supposedly "integrated" with decided to have a big meeting. And their management has bad time boundaries, so their 9-10 meeting started half an hour late and ran an hour and a half late. Oh, and I forgot that several of our folks come in late, although so many were out that it was really just Delphine left coming in at nine-thirty.

SO, I was the ONLY person at the front desk from 9-11:30. Which was exactly like playing Career Center Trivial Pursuit with the whole city, only I'm the only one who has to answer all the random-ass questions.

That was fun. I snapped a pen in half at one point. I didn't mean to. It just snapped. Someday I will probably be standing in front of a jury saying something similar....

(2) AND I was out there from 8-1. I don't enjoy the early starts and late lunches on any day. I ESPECIALLY don't enjoy Michael coming in to tell me that from 2-5 I'm not going to be on "business services" (aka SITTING AT MY DESK NOT HAVING TO ANSWER TWENTY QUESTIONS PER MINUTE FROM PEOPLE WHO *DON'T* *LISTEN*) but am instead going to be THE FREAKING UI NAVIGATOR.

That's the person who has to answer a million random questions from people who are on unemployment or want to be on unemployment or need a computer and signed up on the wrong list or, my very very favorite, can't use a computer well enough to register for CalJOBS but are CONVINCED that they can and that it's all a mysterious computer error... and get the right ones on the phone.

(I actually had someone, who clearly had no idea whatsoever what they were doing AND was trying to do it over the PHONE with me, once say "I KNOW I'm not this bad with computers." After about twenty attempts to understand that they needed to create a password that had capitals, lowercase letters, AND numbers in it, while repeatedly doing the opposite of what I told them to do so that they had to keep starting over.

I did not say a word.)

Happily, the noble Wayne (our new Veterans' Representative) took over that task without asking, so all I actually had to do was sit in a chair and occasionally tell people what computer they could get on. I was so burnt out by that point in the day that I don't know what I would have done if I had had to put people on the phone. I probably would have done what the permanently burnt-out people on our staff do and just walked them over, dialed, handed the phone to them, and walked away.

(You're SUPPOSED to not put people on the phone if it hasn't been two weeks yet since they sent in whatever it is they sent in, and there are a bunch of other things they don't need to call about like their extensions. Also, now stupid Congress has refused to move the deadline for all the extensions, effectively ending all the extensions, so there are all these people coming in with letters from Unemployment that basically say "Hi, you don't get an extension and you haven't had a check since May and you're screwed. Sorry about that. We'll tell you if anything changes...." Which is not as bad as the people who come in who HAVEN'T gotten that letter yet.)

(3) Do I need a third? I think I had one but I was so tired that I forgot. Oh, just that my glasses are terribly old and are SUPER scratched up and I got them online like three or four years ago for some sixtyish bucks and the lenses don't fully fit into the frames and Brian the woolly-mammoth-sized-cat has sat on them a couple of times (more than a couple) and they aren't the right prescription in the first place and they have PROBLEMS. And I suddenly realized this morning that I can't live like this, squinting to see across the lobby and figure out what the clock says and who is over there, and it's all making my head hurt, and I was like AAAAAA.

But I charged over to the glasses store after work and Cola and Annie helped me pick out new glasses and they are STUNNING. Too bad it takes them like two weeks to make a pair of glasses!!

All this for fourteen dollars an hour, people.

I look forward to seeing what happens in July. The furloughs end, so it should go up to the $16.25 it's supposed to be, but then Asshole Schwarzenegger wants to make us take all of the following:
- a 5% pay cut
- a mandatory extra 5% contribution into retirement from our paychecks
- another 5% pay cut in exchange for one personal day a month (basically this is a MORE expensive furlough day than we had before, since before three furlough days equaled a 13.85% pay cut)
- a 5% cut in staffing to be achieved by not replacing people who retire (and who knows how else)

So then it might go down to $14.63 an hour. But then if they do what they are SUPPOSED to, when I reach a year working there on August 3rd, they are supposed to give me a step increase of at least 5% in my salary. Or so I hear. Sonia never got hers; instead she got some complicated crazy talk about how now they do half on your actual birthday, which for her isn't until just before her next anniversary date here. Laura just reached a year last week; I bet that what with being poached for the NUMMI Re-employment Center three days a week she hasn't even talked to management since then. Anyway, if I got a 5% raise I would be making $15.44 an hour, which is crappy but it is substantially better than what I make now.


OH! I remember the other reason. THIS guy. Please imagine him talking twice as loud as is reasonable:
"My social security check didn't come! Somebody stole it."
Me: "Your social security check?"
Guy: "Yes."
Me: "NOT your unemployment? Because... we're not social security."
Guy: (threateningly) "Somebody's going to JAIL." (turns around and evidently just enjoys the scenery)
Michael: "...What does he want?"
Me: "This gentleman is looking for his social security check."
Michael: "Social security? Not unemployment?"
Guy: (having turned back around) "Somebody stole my social security check!"
Michael: "This is not social security. This is unemployment. It's not here."

I don't know what happened after that. I like to think he was just going down the street checking to see if any of the businesses had absconded with his check and was willing to admit to it.

That would have been highly entertaining if it weren't for the crazy lady in there this morning or the crazier gentleman last week who trashed the lobby because... something about his unemployment check and his internalized racism. I guess he DIDN'T want Delphine to be nice and talk to the unemployment people herself after he didn't get anywhere with them, to try to get him his check. How thoughtless of her!
brian kinney

What I twittered today

  • 13:39 Ok I can't stand this anymore. Who wants to go get new glasses w me today or tomorrow? #
  • 13:40 This is ridiculous. I need a summer home in Davis, where it gets freaking warm once in a while!!!! #
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What I twittered today

  • 18:53 I! Am! So! Tired!!!!!!!!!!!! #
  • 18:53 After mandana closes I will never work another 14-hour day. #
  • 18:54 srssssslyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy #
  • 18:58 Also my iPhone was taking messages and not telling me and I didn't find out til my sponsor txted me that my voicemail was full! #
  • 15:55 At the Goodwill for a 50% off sale. I kind of want to livetweet it like I'm in a video game tournament or something. #
  • 15:55 Brown pants: achieved!!! #
  • 15:56 Every suit coat here looks like something the Doctor would try on right after regenerating. Especially the velvet ones. #
  • 16:04 Can't find shorts. Too easily distracted. Plz send search dog. #
  • 16:11 Dear Twilight poster: Rich white teenagers with red eyeballs and pretentious looks on their faces are amusing, not scary. #
  • 16:13 Shorts are obviously the level boss here. Where are my fireballs? #
  • 16:14 Oh noes!!! Fireballs just incinerate the shorts while I am trying them on! Retreat! Retreat! #
  • 16:50 Ok. I think I won the shorts battle. But at what cullottest? #
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What I twittered today

  • 08:31 @cremebruleecart Froot Loops?! Is this @cremebruleecart or @JasperSlobrushe? #
  • 08:32 RT @cremebruleecart Creme brûlée this afternoon in Oakland on 57th between shattuck and Dover from 3-4:30 or so. #
  • 08:35 Dreamt of DW for hours & woke up to: @jacobtwop This is easily the best episode of #doctorwho I've ever seen. I wish it was four hours long. #
  • 12:38 Chagrined to realize that I only have the 8th episode of the current season. Oops. #
  • 15:03 @celesteh The first step. *rimshot* #
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What I twittered today

  • 21:13 Ok I have a GREAT idea. What if we define newcomer as someone who hasn't started working the steps? #
  • 21:16 See, if we did that, when they come talk about how they HAD to use a credit card, it'd at least be clear that that isn't how it works. #
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