I had some dreams ... they were klowns in my koffee.

(With apologies to Carly Simon)

This is my journey through job transition from a toxic environment to a better life. Join me for a few thoughts and a few laughs along the way.
What are "klowns in my koffee"? They are the factors large and small that make you less than you are. A "klown" can be a grossly incompetent boss,
a short-sighted policy or a moronic coworker. They won't kill you, at least not immediately, but they abrade the soul
as you scrape past them to get through the day. Sometimes it's best to dump them out of the cup.


Day 249 - I Grudgingly Recommend You

Daily Kup (What I Did on the Road to What's Next)
Ah, December! No more pretending that Christmas is far, far away. We are in the thick of it now. We've been invited by a dear friend to a concert of the Chinese National Choir on Friday night and are looking forward to it with anticipation. And Saturday night is Mr. T's company holiday party complete with dinner and a band.

Luke Warm Recommendations
I was reading my LinkedIn updates earlier today and noticed that a former colleague had gotten recommendations from some mutual acquaintances. In one case, I know that the person furnishing the recommendation is not a fan of the person in question. The recommendation was brief, lukewarm, and went to great lengths to point out positive attributes that had no bearing on successful job outcome or functionality. To illustrate, one of the bright spots mentioned was that the man studies up on the subject before giving presentations to potential customers. In the 'Porkus' sales force, that makes him a visionary.

Still, it's like boiling Donald Trump down to "wears nice ties."

What do you say when asked to write a recommendation for someone whom you would consider a handyman's special if he or she were real estate? Try one of these phrases that state a positive but don't make any special claims of competence.
  • Has brought flatulence problem under control
  • No office supplies missing
  • Part in hair always neat
  • Doesn't sweat much for a fat chick
  • Flushes consistently
  • Never leaves the copy machine with no paper
  • Colorful fashion sense
  • Office resource for carryout menus
  • Turns in time card on time
  • Moves promptly during fire drills

Have Cup, Will Travel

No word from the wandering coffee cup since he was seen at Plymouth Rock. As he was leaving the enclosure, a curious bystander asked where he was off to. The answer? One word: "North"

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