Thursday, August 9, 2018

A MONTH GOES BY SO QUICKLY

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

I can't believe it's been more than a month since I've blogged.

I've been ill more often since I started working. I suppose it's all the exposure to other people and the environment, which is not too clean. The restrooms are cleaned during the day, but by evening they're pretty nasty. I wash my hands thoroughly, of course. When everything is kinda dirty, washing only does so much good.

The people who clean come around with those dusting thingies on long poles. They dust the top of the area around the desks, which serves to push the dirt onto the desks. I keep paper towels and a cleaning product in my desk drawer so I can give my desk regular cleanings. Although I have my "own" work area, I know other people use it when I'm not there. Heaven only knows what illnesses they leave on my keyboard.

One time I returned to work to find that someone had left used napkins in my top drawer!

I swear that place was cleaner when I started working there, not so very long ago. I'm certain that the bathrooms were cleaned more frequently. However, the people who use the bathrooms are a problem, too. I'm shocked by the number of people who can't be bothered to flush the toilet and who throw trash on the bathroom floor. What the hell?????

This evening I stopped at my favorite Mexican restaurant for a quick and inexpensive meal. I met a new server named Anaia, or maybe it's spelled Anaya. I'll have to ask her. She's from Colombia and has only been in the U.S. for four months.

Her English is good, but she said she needs to learn more words. I tried to use my limited Spanish to explain that one word can have multiple meanings and the meanings can vary based on the part of the country in which one lives.

I used "buggy" as an example. In the South, a buggy is a shopping cart. Then there's the baby buggy, which we don't see too often because it's been replaced by the stroller. Someone who is described as buggy might be considered loco. And if you have lots of cucarachas, your home is buggy.

One kind of strange thing has been happening at work when I take phone calls. I've been asked multiple times if I'm "real." Some people seem to think that I sound like an automated system. I'm taking it as a compliment because the first person who said it told me he asked because my voice is so perfect.

My co-workers confirmed that I pronounce words precisely and clearly. I guess it's a habit left from my days as a debater.

I leave you for now. I'll try not to let another month go by before I blog again.


Infinities of love,

The Real Janie Junebug


47 comments:

  1. I am so sorry to hear that you have been ill more often than not. And not in the slightest bit surprised to hear that your diction and pronunciation are perfect.

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  2. Sorry you've been sick so much. It might be handy to have a container of Clorox wipes around. I use those to clean my keyboard, the top of my desk and my cell phone too...and that's just at home. lol. They are are germy places even if they appear to be clean. I can't even imagine how hard it would be to learn English as a second language. Yikes! Glad to see a post from you. Say hi to Franklin and Penelope for me.

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    1. Franklin and Penelope are wagging their tails for you.

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  3. Have you ever posted about your time as a debater? I would read that :D And like EC, I'm not surprised your enunciation is excellent. Reading, Righting, Editing and speaking skills all tend to go hand in hand.

    I can't imagine being in a place where I was not fluent in the language and taking on a job that requires so much communication. Other people's courage puts me to shame.

    There are several part-time employees in my small office and we share a couple of computers. Most people are good, but one person leaves her dirty dishes and utensils at the desk. I don't understand how someone can be so blissfully unaware of the concept of manners in a shared space :)

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    1. When I was a reporter, I used the computers in the sports section because they weren't there during the day. I couldn't believe how much crap they left on the desks. I had to throw it out to be able to work. I never picked up after my children like that. Perhaps I will write about debating. It was hard work, but fun.

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  4. I too am often amazed how careless people are with their trash. Sometimes I wonder they're thinking *sigh*

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  5. The only thing germier than workplaces are little kids. Ugh, keep hand sanitizer close by!

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    1. I have hand sanitizer and tissues on my desk and I've made it known that anyone is welcome to use them. I never drink from a drinking fountain because I've read that they have more bacteria than a toilet. I don't drink from the toilet, either.

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  6. Community desks can be toxic. I worked at one for a while at the phone company. I carried a can of Lysol spray and I’d hose that baby down before sitting down.
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    1. I can't spray Lysol because we have someone who is allergic to it. I'll rely on my cleaner and paper towels. I hope as I become accustomed to the environment that I won't get sick as often.

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  7. Hi Janie - yes if your susceptible to the 'nasties' of others - life can be challenging ... I'm sorry you've been so ill. Take care - and quite honestly not sure what you can do. Still it's great your skills are being appreciated ... look after yourself - Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hilary. We're fortunate to have a Wellness Center at work that's staffed by a doctor, physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, and multiple nurses.

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  8. It was so nice to see a Janie Junebug post notification in my email today! Sorry you've been sick. I must've missed the post about you working because I can't remember where you're working and for who? I think I remember that you got a job but I don't recall anything else. And so it goes with me lately...

    Sharing space with strangers is nasty sometimes. When I go shopping I always get a cart and go right to the sanitizing wipes stand and wipe down the handle bar and seat area where my purse hangs out. I went to a movie the other day (to see Isle of Dogs: FABULOUS! I should post a review about it...) and was in the ladies room; a girl was in there cleaning and sanitizing. I asked her if she santized the door handles because I can't tell you how many times over the years I've seen women come out of the stalls after using the toilet and then they just walk right out, not bothering to stop at the sink and wash their hands and grab that door handle! YUK! That is so gross. I usually make a rude commment to them because it pisses me off. "What's wrong with you?! Your mother didn't teach you to wash your hands after going to the bathroom??" I usually just get a dirty look. And it happens often in movie theaters. Yeah, go on, enjoy your popcorn... blech!

    Anyway, good to "see" you...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. It's always nice to see you, Michele. I don't write about the specifics of where I work and what I do. The restroom doors have those panels that can be used to open them automatically. Instead of touching the door handle, I press the button with my elbow. That's one plus. The handles on stalls are very germy, too.

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  9. I hope you will get better soon because being sick in the summer is the worst. That’s gross that you must share your space and what is it with bathrooms? Human beings are the most disgusting! I have wet towels by Lysol at my desk so I can wipe things down especially when the cleaner, former cleaner, used the rag everywhere. How do I know? My friend who worked with me found a certain hair on her phone.ick!

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    1. Bleagh! What was someone doing with that phone?

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  10. Let your body adjust to other people... Your immune system will figure it out ;)

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    1. That's what I think will happen. It's a different germ environment.

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  11. You'll probably build up more tolerance but some sanitizer is a good idea! Funny, when I did phone work I always got asked if I was from Minnesota. (Yes--born and raised!) Leah insists I have an accent that I can't hear due to all my Swedish relatives growing up--LOL! You do not sound automated to me--LOL! ;) So nice to see a post, my friend. :)

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    1. Remember I've pointed out your Minnesota accent, too. Everyone on my mom's side of the family has the same accent because they all grew up in Minnesota. I probably sound a little more "automated" in my professional environment when I'm being careful about what I say and how I say it.

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    2. But Dagan and Leah have grown up in Minnesota and THEY think I have a definite accent--ROFL!! I say--well, I don't sound like the actors on Fargo. But on a tour of Fargo in Leah's car video I made several years ago a commenter said to quit with the fake accent--ROFL! So I guess I do. I have a heck of a time doing the audio for texts--LOL! Oh well.

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    3. I don't want to hurt your feelings, but you do sound a bit like the actors in Fargo. Their accents are exaggerated, though.

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  12. Funny about you speaking clearly, I get the same thing at my job cause I am married to a Brit. However, give me two minutes talking to my 91 year old Dad and I sound like a hillbilly that just rolled out of the mountains! LOL!

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    1. It's funny how our speech changes based on the people around us.

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  13. Welcome back, Janie; you have been sorely missed!! Please take care of yourself, my friend.

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    1. Thank you, fishducky. I promise I'm taking good care of myself.

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  14. They're not even flushing the toilet? Are you working with preschoolers? Sheesh.

    Love ya.

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    1. Sometimes that bathroom looks like it's been used by a kindergarten class. As the evening goes on, it gets worse.

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  15. Your being asked if you're "real" reminds me of something that happened when I worked in a series of supermarket bakeries.

    In one of those stores, the assistant manager found out I had club deejay experience, so he had me record messages about weekly on-sale items to be played over the store's intercom. I was transferred to another store in the franchise, and they had me do the same thing.

    Every so often, we in the bakery would take a freshly-baked rack of Italian bread out of the oven, package it, and put it out on a wooden rack while it was still hot. At these times, my bakery manager asked me to pick up our department's intercom mike and announce the fresh bread's availability to our customers. My announcements were constantly being interrupted by people up front, who got on the intercom to call for certain baggers, or ask for help from this department or that, etc. They felt free to interrupt my announcements because they recognized my voice, and assumed that what they were hearing was just a recording.

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    1. How dare they interrupt you even if it had been a recording?!

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    2. That's what I thought. :) Once, I tried three times to make the Italian bread announcement, and they interrupted all three. Finally, one day I looked at my bakery manager and said "Jen, is it okay if I go up front for a minute?" Her eyes got really wide and she said "If you yell at them we'll both get in trouble!" I replied "I promise I won't yell, or even say anything nasty quietly." So I went up front, and used their microphone to make my announcement.

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  16. Oh Jannie I am so happy to see your name pop-up on my reader.
    Sorry you have been ill. Goodness what a place to work. Who does things like that ? I wonder what their homes look like.

    woof to the two gud dugs from the not so gud iwinston.
    cheers, parsnip and badger

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    1. I always wonder if those people throw trash on the floor at home. They probably don't keep their houses very clean.

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  17. It is really nice to hear from you! Hope your immune system kicks in and kicks butt :)

    It shocks me how grownups can be so dirty and messy. I wonder what they are like at home.

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  18. Ouch, too bad your work environment is not the cleanest. But it sounds like you are appreciated. What do your dogs have to say about you leaving for work?

    Thanks for stopping by, it's always good to hear from you.

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    1. The dogs don't like it, but Favorite Young Man gets home before I do. He feeds them and takes them out. I probably miss them more than they miss me.

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  19. What the hell is with the people at your work? Blegh. These days I take hand sanitizer with me everywhere. I would start setting up boobitraps at my desk to make sure they don't use it. Take good care of yourself, Janie.

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    1. We have many hand sanitizer stations all over at work. I also keep hand sanitizer on my desk.

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  20. Unflushed toilets, soiled napkins and trash. Ewww.
    A perfect voice.....nice:)

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    1. The voice compliment made me feel great.

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  21. Welcome back! Sorry you've been sick and ick!!!! to the bathroom problem. Sigh.

    I'm jealous of your nice phone voice. I do NOT have that.

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    1. I think some people have sweeter voices on the phone than I do, but apparently I sound very professional. That makes me happy.

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  22. Nice to see you, Janie! ☺ Here's hoping you won't get sick so often. Bodies can build up immunities, can't they? I know what you mean about public bathrooms and have never understood how people can leave without flushing! Love the cute dog pics!

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    1. Favorite Young Man showed me a Web site with dozens of cute doggy photos.

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