Thursday, January 12, 2006

History Repeats Itself

Road to corruption

I am going to take some time off next week. In response to my impending absence, someone is going to cover my territory.

Cool. It's still way too early in my career in this facility to have pissed off any of my customers, or for any of them to hate me or bad mouth me. So all is great.

Towards the end of last week they let me know that they wanted the "new guy" to cover my territory rather than the regular swing person. This is the new guys first week in the position. And that they wanted him to travel with me?!! ALL WEEK.

Oh hell.

I fretted about it all week end and finally as I was heading out the door Monday, still gloomy that I was going to have a shadow with me all week, I thought maybe, just maybe, this could be fun.

I arrive at work and there he is. "Hello!" he says greeting me at the door, "T. said he saw you park in the lot!"

Oh my God. It's a BABY!!!

We shake hands. "What's your name?" He has only been referred to as "the new guy".

"W."

Well, well, well. I have an assistant all week and it has been extremely good. My assistant makes my phone calls for me. Makes copies for me. Does my e-mailing for me. Makes up forms for me. Does my daily sheets for me. Has been my muscle all week. All under the guise of "training him".

He is like a puppy. So eager to please. He is like a sponge. I tell him, or show him once and he gets it. He has been with the company for a year and this is his first promotion. Since I worked the "other side" of our business (the dark side) I can relate to him.

I have spoiled him rotten. It's amazing what buying lunch for a 26 year old kid all week will get for you. I have shared my wisdom with him all week. This is hilarious because as I "trained him" I realize how seasoned I actually am. It's been fun. I am so accustomed to being alone all day it has been so pleasant to have him around.

I have corrupted him for "the dark side". He will never again be satisfied working for them. He wants with "us", the fun side.

I am going to miss him. Not only for the wonderfulness of having a side kick, but because he is an interesting, quirky, intelligent and a Boston Irish transplant.

He showed me a used bookstore that is fabulous in downtown that never in a million years I would have found if he had not shown me.

I really, really lucked out this week.

17 comments:

coy1234787 said...

Guess it was a good
week for both of you.
Enjoy your time off.
  *** Coy ***

nellemclaughlin said...

I'm sure he enjoyed it as much as you did. Well, he's Irish, that explains a lot. :)

readmereadyou said...

Sounds like this was one good deal for both of you. : )
Angela

ksquester said...

Does he make house calls?  haaaaaaa   Anne

ally123130585918 said...

He sounds like a lucky lad to have spent the week with you....lets hope he gets out of "the dark side" and can join the "us" fun side... don't think he will be happy until he can......Ally

yakima127 said...

Very cool!  How lucky he is to have been taught by the best!!!  I am betting he laughed A LOT at your wit and sarcasm.  He will now be able to tell stories, handed down from you...I'd love to hear his take on the week!  Good job!  JAE

gypsytrader49 said...

Kids today are really with it. I'll bet he thought the same of you.
Congrats.
Kathy

tc01hm said...

Sounds as if you got 2 weeks of a vacation instead of 1.
Enjoy!
Tess

suzypwr said...

You are going to miss that shadow!
xoxo

helmswondermom said...

Glad it worked out so well for you.  Enjoy your time off!
Lori

mtrib2 said...

Glad that he has bonded with you for the power of good.   You are his magnificent  leader.   I just watched the Two Towers last night, a long movie that completed my watching of the Trilogy.    You are his Gandolf.  lol   mark

sunnyside46 said...

dont you feel like the sage giver of all wisdom now?
Marti

mrccgoody said...

Glad it worked out so well...he's probably thrilled that he got someone as great as you to train him all week!

boiseladie said...

Sounds like you had a surprisingly wonderful time with the new guy!  I'm glad it all worked out for you.
http://www.boiseladie.blogspot.com/

mymaracas said...

Glad you had a good week. Enjoy your time off!
Vicki

deabvt said...

It sounds like a new friend!
V

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