Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I'd rather be stupid.

I quit one of my jobs last week. Why, you ask? Because it was awful. In fact, for some time, I had intended to write a tell-all exposé on the shitty contract practices of General Motors, but then I realized that I was working at a call center and that there’s nothing new to expose about a place where work is outsourced domestically as well as overseas in order to prevent workers from coalescing into unions. Everyone knows that. So, I quit. I did, however, learn that there are many, many crazy/angry people in this country. And call after Tea Bagger call, I was demoralized by their discontent. It wears a person down, and many nights, I found myself pacing before my desk as restless and unsatisfied as the maniacs who’d think themselves the only ones to come up with the phrase “Obama Motors.” I voted for the man and went to his inauguration, you shithead, so don’t automatically assume I’d applaud your half-assed creativity because I don’t have a “nigger nose,” as one caller put it. See what I mean? I think my final push out of there was the day what’s-his-face burned his house down and flew his plane into a building I’d recognized since ’85 when I’d roll past it on my school bus. His suicide note was passed around within hours, and I was unsettled to find it (with the exception of his violent solution) so alarmingly rational. We live in a class hierarchy, people, and the irony of so many of my indentured coworkers shaking their heads in collective pity was not lost on me. So, I quit before my raging blood pressure caused a stroke, but since I have no intention of splatting my precious body onto the side of a government building, I now I need a second job. *sob*

7 comments:

MB aka JJ said...

I'm reading The Rebel by Camus. Its a good read bro, I highly recommend it, considering your current disposition regarding life in our society.

Amy said...

Perhaps it's time to try yoga. :)

Frankie Anon said...

Listening all day long to the crazed Tea bagger set would make me want to kill myself. You did the right thing. The money isn't worth having your soul sucked out.

Heather said...

Well, I'm glad you did it before got to be too much.

I hope you find something soon.

C. Andres Alderete said...

I'll have to pick it up, Jacques.

Amy, open up your yoga dojo or whatever in Austin, and I'll sign up.

Frankie and Heather, thank you for your support :)

Chrissy said...

Sometimes you just have to walk away. You'll find something soon. You're much smarter than the average bear.

JennAventures said...

GM sucks. When I worked for IBM I had a short term gig in Flint Michigan...the GM's idea of cost savings? Shutting off all te phones and making their employees use their personal cell phones. Yea.

You'll find something better.

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