Apr 6

Karma’s finally being good to me

More observations from my first day at the new job:

My boss Deb took me all around and introduced me to everyone on the floor. That took nearly an hour, because most people wanted to actually chat and it was overwhelming because there was so much to take in, but at the same time, it made me feel wanted. None of the regular employees at my last job bothered to talk to the evening shift people, and the job before that one, I didn’t even have a desk. I’m definitely not treated like a temp at this place (and after 3 months, I won’t be!). Throughout the evening, random employees who I missed on my rounds with Deb actually came over on their own to introduce themselves. I’m not used to working at places at that.

My joining of the firm makes me Erin #3. There’s Boy Aaron and Girl Erin, and some of the people joked that they could call me Night Erin. “I like it,” I said, after considering it for a few seconds. “It makes me seem mysterious.” Like a madam, is what I wanted to say. “Anyway,” I added, “for four years at one of my jobs, I was referred to as The Girl, so I’ll take anything at this point.”

The woman I’m working with is Barb. She was one of the women who interviewed me and I liked her immediately. She’s in her fifties, very laid back and casual, and just gives off a good vibe. She’ll only be working until 5:30 but is staying late this week to help train me.

I had to sit at her desk last night since I don’t have access to their data program yet. While I did my work and she leafed through an Avon catalog, she asked, “Do you know if the Pirates won?”

“No, last I heard they were winning 3-2, but that was awhile ago.” Then I added, “I’m more of a hockey fan.”

She slapped down the Avon catalog and shouted, “Oh, me too! This is great, now I’ll have someone to talk to about the Penguins! Really, it’s just me and Derek who follow hockey, no one else here really cares.”

“Oh I know” I agreed.  “It’s all football, football, football everywhere you go!” Silently, I thanked your God for placing me in that office.

“I’ll be right back, I have to get something to show you!” Barb left to retrieve Derek, who was gifted a chocolate Stanley Cup for Easter.

“I’m debating whether or not to eat it,” he said. Derek reminds me of a cross between Kat Von D’s brother Michael and Fred Savage. I like him.

“You cannot eat that!” I yelled. “At least, not until after…”

“Yeah you’re right,” he said. “I might jinx the Penguins!”

He returned to his desk, and Barb and I continued talking. I told her about how Henry and I had just gone to a Nailers game over the weekend.

“Oh, I’ve been wanting to go to one of those games! Was it any good?” Then she asked me if I like the fighting. “The fighting is my favorite part,” she enthused. “My dad was the first general manager of the Penguins, back in the sixties, and he was totally against fighting,” she said, ever so casually.


“You’re JACK RILEY’S DAUGHTER??” I heard myself say it, and it sounded like I was using a megaphone.

I work with Jack Riley’s daughter, are you fucking kidding me, I love this goddamn job.


19 Comments so far

  1. Jeri April 6th, 2010 2:14 pm

    I’m SO GLAD you are in a job you enjoy!!! I have no idea who Jack Riley is – I know… I KNOW – but I’m happy you’re so excited. You still love me even though I’m not a hockey person, right? Right?

    Why am I hearing crickets… :\

  2. Tuna Tar-Tart April 7th, 2010 9:54 pm

    Thank you!

    And OF COURSE I still love you! <3

  3. Lindsey B. April 6th, 2010 7:24 pm

    I’m the second Lindsey (now, of three) in my department. Somewhere along the way, even before the third came along, I was dubbed by our admin as “Bad Lindsey.” I love it. They already had an LB and I was told that simply my last name was “too street,” so there you go. I also enjoy it.

    So happy for you. So well-deserved.

  4. Tuna Tar-Tart April 7th, 2010 9:56 pm

    I’d love “Bad Lindsey” too! Well, if my name was Lindsey.

    And thanks! It will be nice to start pulling my weight around here again! (And you know, start buying tons of shoes again.)

  5. awwww YAY!!!
    thats all I can say, really

  6. Tuna Tar-Tart April 7th, 2010 9:57 pm


    I’m waiting for an anvil to drop on my head, lol.

  7. it’d more likely to be ryan or christina

    and if it were the former, the last thing youd ever hear was “I WISH I WAS DEBBIE HARRY SO BAD I CANT STAND IT!!!!!!!!!!!”

    and that would be the most tragic thing about it :(

  8. Tuna Tar-Tart April 8th, 2010 9:39 am

    I love you.

  9. its reassuring to know SOMEBODY does

    …even if I never met said somebody

    (if anyone asks, we hang out every weekend)

  10. merrymerry April 7th, 2010 1:58 am


  11. Andrea April 7th, 2010 5:28 am

    So happy for you!
    Some of my work kids call me Mrs.Evils. Makes me feel like a bad kindergarden teacher. Which I guess I kind of am.
    Nothing makes life easier than having a job that doesn’t suck.
    Yay. Things are going your way!

  12. Tuna Tar-Tart April 7th, 2010 10:01 pm

    Thank you, Andrea! I’m just glad to find something permanent. But with the way my luck usually goes, I get leery anytime something good happens, ha!

    That’s awesome that you actually get called MrsEvils.

  13. Jessi April 7th, 2010 4:53 pm

    Sounds like you were meant to have this job!

  14. Tuna Tar-Tart April 7th, 2010 10:02 pm

    I really really really like it! Can’t wait to tell you guys about it.

    AND there’s no anti-cell phone policy. Thank god, because I get the shakes.

  15. Melissa April 7th, 2010 9:29 pm

    ~hugs~ I was thrilled to read u got the job! I look forward to all your work stories!

  16. Tuna Tar-Tart April 7th, 2010 10:03 pm

    Yay, thank you Melissa! I’m so glad you’re back and still reading. <3

  17. Alyson Hell April 13th, 2010 11:56 am


  18. AbbyS January 31st, 2017 11:04 pm

    I just ran across this post. In April it will be SEVEN YEARS since you joined our merry band. I know you’ve had a few rough patches, but I am glad you’ve hung in there. I, for one, am still thrilled you were hired and am one of your cheerleaders!!! I may not spot a new hair style as fast as Barb did, but you are still a VERY IMPORTANT PERSON to me.

  19. Tuna Tar-Tart January 31st, 2017 11:08 pm

    Thank you Gayle!! I can’t believe it’s been 7 years and three positions later, lol. Thanks for putting up with my antics! I hope you’re feeling better!

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