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renniekins
renniekins
Is that so wrong?
Today is Secretary's Day. Excuse me, Administrative Assistant's Day. Actually, it's graduated into Administrative Assistant's Week. I was wondering why this had happened, then I realized that it makes perfect sense. Who is in charge of the calendars, after all? Secretaries, that's who! They can do whatever they want with them. Before long, we'll be celebrating Secretary's Month. Eventually we will discover that Every Day is Secretary's Day.

We don't have a secretary here at my office, but the IS department has a Technical Assistant. She does some secretarial tasks, like scheduling and expense reports...plus a variety of day-to-day accounting and technical tasks. A little of everything -- I don't know what we'd do without her. I like to say she's the one who takes care of us. Joe suggested we celebrate "The Glue That Holds Us Together Day".

We have been sending her flowers for the last few years on this day, whatever you call it. (Actually, come to think of it, I think we started doing this because she'd put the date on our calendar. See what I mean, see how insidious they can be?? But she deserves it.) This year, we sent her a nice arrangement of yellow flowers, complete with a lemon in the water (we believe it's just for decoration, but what do we know, we're a bunch of techs).

Unfortunately, the package arrived after she'd left for the day, as she leaves early-ish. Curious to see what it looked like, Susan and I decided to open it, with much rustling of paper and conspiratorial whispering. Joe came around the corner to discover us opening somebody else's flowers.

We tried to justify it, claiming that they looked nicer and more welcoming on her desk all bright and colorful, instead of wrapped in plain paper. Besides, I pointed out, since Susan had purchased them, it was okay that we unwrapped them.

Wasn't it? They were are lovely, and they smell nice too!
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swerve From: swerve Date: April 23rd, 2003 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

for next year...

The Powers That Be should create Personal Assistants' Day, during which bosses have to check their own cell-phone voicemail, walk their own dogs, and actually talk to their girlfriends.

(My former life. Never again.)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 24th, 2003 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: for next year...

That would be good for them, yes!

(ugh. I'm sorry.)
swerve From: swerve Date: April 24th, 2003 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: for next year...

In the spirit of full disclosure, I should mention that I don't regret the experience. There were good times as well as bad, and I learned more in that job than I have in any other.

Also, when you work so closely with someone day after day, a strong bond develops. My boss really confided in me; I probably knew more about him than his girlfriend. There were times when he needed to vent to someone, times when he needed to laugh with someone, times when he needed to hear that he was really good at his job. After about six months with him, I got to the point where I could straighten his tie a bit before a meeting and send him out with a "Go get 'em" and know I made a difference. We made a good team.

(Not to mention the times when we decided it was too damn nice outside to stay in the office, so we took our papers and cell phones and went to the beach, five minutes away.)

And finally, my former boss is so notorious for being demanding and hard to work with that I got a lot of respect from others in the industry for sticking it out: 60-hour weeks for a year and a half. After working for Carville*, I feel like I can handle just about anything!

*I refer to him as Carville because he's a political consultant and I don't want to disclose his real name; the only political consultant he could not possibly be is James Carville. ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 24th, 2003 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: for next year...

Hm, definitely sounds like a job that had its good aspects as well as bad.

I think somebody with brains and motivation can and will make herself an invaluable member of a team, no matter what her actual job may be. ...and somebody without them never will be, no matter how much opportunity you give them.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: April 23rd, 2003 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
My Dilbert calendar listed it as "Administrative Professionals Day", but more importantly. in the UK, it's St George's Day.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 24th, 2003 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)

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Was St George a secretary?
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: April 24th, 2003 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re:

Just the Patron Saint of Britain.
guingel From: guingel Date: April 24th, 2003 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, I've been seeing stuff about Administrative Professionals Day, and it's not really a good name, because I wasn't sure what the hell and Administrative Professional was. . .
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 25th, 2003 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)

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haha! You know, it's like "custodial engineer" for janitor, or any sort of politically correct re-name.
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