It has been some time since I’ve posted anything about my work. I’ll fill you in if you want to read about it.
First note: I am not giving out any identifiable information. There are enough trolls out there I don’t want to feed them.
Second note: This is exactly what the title suggests, a rant about some people who I work with/around. If you don’t want to read it, I will understand if you skip this.
I live in the United States. From what I gather, blood and blood product donations are mostly run by the Red Cross (ARC) here. There are, however, smaller local blood banks that do their own donations and drives. I went to one today to give plate-lets.
No, I’m not referring to the notorious practice of running ads requesting donations of mony before the end of the year on various sites (WikipediA comes to mind).
For years I used to donate blood products at a Red Cross place. Now, however I live in a place that is not served by the Red Cross but some independent blood bank. I’ve been avoiding them for a while now, for no real reason, but have no decided I’ll give them a try, even though the nearest one is about an hour away. I’ll try and let you know my result later on today when I get back.
Something that may not be new to anyone, but I noticed repeatedly enough I was able to blog about it.
I have three PCs currently and they all make my mind think differently (none of them are Macintoshes, sorry), like a chameleon my mind adapts to each. Here’s how:
I neglected to blog about it, but about two days ago I received my official State instrument of identity. It is much less involved than a driver’s license, all it contains is my name, photograph, signature (both stolen from the DMV) and the name of the agency I work for. It doesn’t even have a number on it.
I was going to say that this makes me officially a member of the State service now, since there is nothing left, but I learned yesterday, that I haven’t gotten the huge packet of forms that I have to fill out for things like union membership (this state has public sector unions) and insurance.
To my amusement, I’ve been getting paid, but have not filled out I-9. While I am a citizen, the State has no way of knowing that absent that form, so I think that they might be on the edge of the (federal) employment law.
In the continuing adventure of the junior civil servant…
To my great satisfaction, I received word from my defacto supervisor that I now have an Email address and username for the State agency I work for. It has been exactly four weeks since I started there.
After waiting on hold yesterday for an interminable 35 minutes at the end of the day, today at lunchtime I contacted them again and after about 20 minutes got a person who set my password and told me what it was, so I could log in. I did so and then set up Outlook and discovered a 20 message backfile that had been accumulating. I read through it: mostly form letters, but one message that stated that I had a new password, which I couldn’t’ve read anyway because it was sent to my Email address… that used that password.
So now I have a way of officially communicating with people. Annoyingly, I do not yet have access to two internal websites that we do most of our work on. These I have to request access to. One of them is in progress, the other one I will work on tomorrow.
At the end of the week I will have been working for the State for a week.
It has been miserable, but maybe not for the reason you may think.