Junglelord Says…

October 13, 2009 at 23:23 3 comments

It’s been nearly six months since my eye-rolling first interview with Junglelord. Today he summoned me in again, via telephone, on the first minute of my first day back to work.

Junglelord: Hello, Katie. Where’d you go for that conference again?

Me: Melbourne. Good thing there were no dust storms or typhoons or earthquakes there.

J: (chuckles) Well, I’m glad you came back in one piece. We need to talk about the next posting.

Me: Yeah… I kinda heard… I’m staying, aren’t I? (Background info: I’d applied to go to a different department in November)

J: Yes. The training comm head says you don’t need to change department, so you’re staying put.

Me: (thinks: F) OK. (thinks: F F F F F)

J: So whose ward would you like to go to?

Me: (thinks: eh? Since when do I get a choice in such things? This is a trick question, right? OK, must think fast and reply intelligently) Huh?

J: (Patiently) Would you like to stay in your current ward?

Me: NO. (thinks: that was an easy one; mine is the only ward that admits every. Frigging. Day)  

J: So there are four other wards you can choose from. (waves at a list on his white board)

Me: (brain finally kickstarts – it’s not bloody fair to drop this bloody poser on me first thing in the morning – only Monty’s and Orange’s are viable choices. Decides to look troubled) Well… how should I put this…

J: (Patiently) OK. Who can you not work with?

Me: Uh… Kimchi (high-anxiety and mega-decibel). And Duck (a certain foreign talent).

J: Why Kimchi?

Me: We… have… different… uh, working styles.

J: OK. And Duck?

Me: I… cannot understand anything he says.

J: Ah. The accent?

Me: Yes.

J: Fair enough.

Me: Hee.

J: Well then. How about Monty? I’ve heard that you two get along. Is that true? Do you get along? Work together without fighting?

Me: (suppresses laughter) Never fought with him. Should be OK.

J: Really? You sure?

Me: Yeah.

J: OK then. That’s settled.

Me: Uh. I’ll also need some time off to study for my exam. And write my thesis. And go to the Buffalo Farm to collect data for my thesis. (cringes – the last time I said something like this, he warned me not to skip off to watch a movie instead)

J: OK. That’s important. It shouldn’t be a problem. I will approve longer periods of leave for you from January onward if you want.

Wow, what happened? That was actually a decent conversation, in which I actually got some things I wanted. No threats about low grades or punishment for naughty behaviour. Wowow. I only hope that what he said will come through. Perhaps I shouldn’t celebrate too early, but wait to see the actual outcome of things.

Still, this rare conversation deserves a place here for the sake of posterity.  


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kel  |  October 14, 2009 at 01:30

    yippee! at least one step closer to less eeky work life.

  • 2. Apparently Orange  |  October 14, 2009 at 10:16

    insists on Orange!

  • 3. Katie  |  October 14, 2009 at 17:40

    Kel: work life in Fruit Farm = confirm eeky; it’s a matter of more eeky or less eeky. :)



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Hogfather (Terry Pratchett)

Books read in 2010 and 2011

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling) - 'cos the movie's coming out!
Frankenstein: Lost Souls (Dean Koontz) - ah, bugger, it's part of a series! Now I hafta find all the books...
Dismantled (Jennifer McMahon) - oh, good one
Tigerlily's Orchids (Ruth Rendell)
Shutter Island (Dennis LeHane) - reminds me too much of work
Holy Fools (Joanne Harris) - it's official: I prefer her scary books
A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Unauthorized Autobiography; The Beatrice Letters (Lemony Snicket)
The Little Friend (Donna Tartt)
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The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)
Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King)
Room: A Novel (Emma Donaghue)
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
The Bachman Books (Stephen King)
Men At Arms (Terry Pratchett)
Carpe Jugulum (Terry Pratchett)
The Fifth Elephant (Terry Pratchett)
Beauty (Robin McKinley)
The Sandman, Vol 1 (Neil Gaiman)
The Burden (Agatha Christie) - her crime novels are waaay better
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