All over the place – snark

I feel as though I’m ranting about this a lot today, but some people just push things to unnecessary levels.

Jayden seems to be the asshole who just won’t quit.

I don’t know what it is. Perhaps he just bulldozes through a lot of people and he thinks he can do it to everyone because no one’s ever called him on his bullshit before? Maybe he really doesn’t believe the absolutely impossible things he says. Maybe he just thinks I’m a pushover.

If any one of the people on my sales team used the aggressive tactics he’s tried to use today, I cannot even begin to fathom the repercussions they’d have to deal with from me. You don’t get to treat people that way.

“No.”

“No, thank you.”

“We’re not interested, thanks.”

These are all complete sentences. If someone says no, accept that. They don’t need to explain themselves, or their reasoning. No. Period. Full stop.

You’re not privy to my internal company discussion and you have no right to it.

Now, excessively calling someone’s office is the exact reason why you won’t ever have my cell phone number. You were told in two emails that I am not in my office and thus cannot answer my office phone. Your response is to call my phone no less than 6 times in… 9 hours? Are you kidding me?

“Well you’re obviously getting my messages,” he says.

Yeah… my voicemails are emailed to me. That’s something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from picking up my office phone when I am not in my office.

Oh, shit like this gets under my skin. There’s no reason for needing to phone someone 6 times in 9 hours when you’re trying to sell them something. That’s aggressive as hell.

Don’t be like Jayden.

Don’t be an idiot.

Jayden tried again

I can’t handle that level of aggression.

Simmer down, you tempestuous idiot.

Jayden emails back to tell Murray and I he made a bad impression this morning and he’d to make it up to us. Then he goes on to tell me the newsletters he’s selling advertising space in have a 100% read rate, and that everyone reads them weekly.

No.

Not true.

You don’t have 100% read rates because it’s IMPOSSIBLE to have 100% read rates.

Even the most popular, sought after brands on earth don’t have 100% read rates. People get sick. People go on holidays. People just ignore your emails. Don’t lie to me. Even if you’d some how mastered the art of audience interaction in which you were reaching maximum potential audience each week, there is no possible way in which you could have 100% read rates.

You saying that leads me to believe you think we’re idiots.

The joke is on you, you stupid, stupid man.

“Perhaps I should speak with your boss, again.”

Don’t cross me. I don’t have time, or patience, for it. Don’t be an idiot. Just don’t.

This morning… to start off a great Wednesday, I was contacted by someone selling advertising space. This someone, named Jayden, contacted my boss yesterday and was told that he needed to speak with me about any and all advertising that our company does.

Today Jayden called my office line and left me a vague voicemail asking me to call him back.

No thanks, Jayden. I’m not wasting my time on a phone call to get information that can be provided to me in an email. So, I emailed Jayden and said that if he’d like to provide me information, he can do so by email. I also mentioned that I’m working from home right now and that I do not give out my cell phone number very easily because people tend to keep it when I don’t want them to.

Jayden got my email and decided it would be a great idea to call my office line, again. This time Jayden pleaded with me that it’s imperative we speak by phone and that he appreciates human connection when he’s working with companies from around the country.

You know what I can’t do when I’m at home? Answer a fucking phone that’s on the 24th floor of an office tower downtown. As mentioned in the previous email, Jayden, I’m not giving you my cell phone number. You stupid? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way.

Jayden then sent me an email with an invitation to a Zoom call. Not for tomorrow. Not for a week from now. The zoom call was in progress. He was sitting on zoom waiting, hoping that I’d click the link and answer.

Again, you stupid, Jayden?

That’s so aggressive. He doesn’t know if I have a fucking meeting or not. Why would he just sit on zoom and wait?

I wrote Jayden an email and said ‘Please email any information you’d like to provide. I will review it when I am able and get back to you.’

Jayden wrote me back and said ‘It seems you cannot make time for me. Perhaps I should speak with [my boss’ name], again.”

Yeah, you know what, Jayden… why don’t you go call my fucking boss again. Go ahead. I dare you. I’m going to send him a note that tells him just how aggressive and stupid you’ve been this morning. I’m going to instruct him to tell you to fuck off. He’s not going to, because he’s a lot nicer than me. He’ll use much kinder words. And, though I don’t think you deserve kind words, he’s going to offer them to you anyway.

Have a nice life, Jayden.

It’s still snowing.

I went for a drive during my lunch break because, you know, that’s what you do these days.

Alberta has double the cases per-capita of provincial counterpart, Ontario, a province with more then 10 million more people in it.

I also saw on the news last night a Virologist saying that Alberta has more cases per capita right now than in a lot of the US States. Now, I haven’t seen an actual stat for that, and I can’t find one online, but if he was telling the truth and not making a generalization, that sucks….

It’s so bad here other provinces are starting to restrict people from our province because we carry a risk of basically exponentially worsening the entire country if we province hop.

There are more cases in this city, presently, than in the entire province that my parents live in. So… I really don’t blame other provinces for wanting to tell us to just fucking stay home. (Yes, language is necessary because I’m in that kind of a mood)

Basically, we’re going to be here a long time to come.

So I went for a drive. In the snow. I saw the mountains, I saw a couple moose, some very confused geese, a pretty lake. It was… I guess as good as it could be.

I wore shorts and flip-flops in protest of the current weather. I didn’t go inside anywhere because… why bother.

Overheard on Discord – Keeping in the Family

Axel got dumped on his birthday. Axel did not have a good birthday.

There’s a little bit of information about Axel here, here and here, if you’ve got no idea whaaaaat I am talking about. He’s become quite the character in my life.

His girlfriend (ex-girlfriend now) broke up with him on his birthday because ‘she needed space’. For the record, I’ve never met the girl, but I’m not the fondest of her as well. She seems to make poor life choices from what I’ve heard… especially with what I’ve heard recently.

Not only did she catch COVID and spread it to at least six other people when she managed to give it to Axel on their first hook-up (I’d call it a date, but he tells the story and it wasn’t a date), but I’m pretty sure she decided Axel was a suitable boyfriend solely because he bought her things. Also, another story from discord that I never told on this blog was that in January she was driving whilst intoxicated and crashed Axel’s car. While their injuries were minimal, she was subsequently charged.

Well, in a relationship where the drama just keeps on giving, Axel told us on his birthday that his girlfriend had dumped him that morning.

Today he actually told us on discord that he’s not speaking to his brother right now because, when his girlfriend (now ex) dumped him, she started dating his brother.

I just…

Some people are like magnets for drama.

He’s been in a bummer of a mood the past few weeks though. I kind of figured he was just sad that he was lonely again. Turns out there was an extra blow to his all-too-tiny-of-an ego when his ex started dating his brother.

Drama magnet.

Plot Twist

My manager, who does not know that I met with a head hunter last week, notified me this morning that I am getting a raise. She said she wanted me to know how much she appreciates me and the value that I bring to the company and that she knows I’m overqualified for the position I’m presently working. She said that she hopes this raise will show a small token of her appreciation. She said the raise will be reflected on my next pay cheque.

I mean… awesome! I’m not going to say no to more money.

Weird that it comes immediately following my meeting with a head hunter.

Part of me wonders if she knows. I didn’t say anything and I haven’t seen any connections between her and the headhunter. Part of me wonders if she knows, though. It’s all too close together to be a coincidence, no?

Baffled

I have a meeting with a headhunter tomorrow about a position with a company that has sought me out.

This whole situation has me so dumbfounded.

Clearly I’ve done something right. They want me to accept a job offer. It’s not me pitching to them. They have to pitch me. Me. Me? Me!

So

I was approached by a corporate head hunter this week.

There’s a position at a company they’re interested in having me fill.

At first I didn’t understand what was going on, but I did clue in after hearing ‘they’re interested’. So my question turned from ‘what’s happening’ to ‘why me’?

There’s probably 10,000 people in this city in the same line of work as myself. It’s not as if marketing is a ‘specialized’ career path. It’s not as if communications is a ‘specialized’ career path. Sure some people are good at it and some are average, but why me? There’s probably a lot of people who are good at it.

It can’t hurt to have a meeting and hear them out.

I mean, I have a job and I like my job, but I’ve also been told at my job that there’s no room for growth. If this could offer me that, don’t I owe it to myself to, at the very least, consider it?

Besides that, there’s no harm in considering it. I haven’t committed to anything.

I’m just dumbfounded at the whole situation.

Why me? Why not one of the other 9,999 people in this city who are in the same line of work?

I’m oddly confused that they sought me out. I’m also oddly proud. They sought me out. I didn’t go to them, they came and they found me. That’s a cool feeling.

I think I just got a job offer.

This is a weird feeling.

I’ve never had someone approach me before with respect to a position. I’ve submitted my resume for consideration. I’ve never had someone come to me and say ‘Hey, you interested? We are.’

I’m oddly excited and nervous. What does this mean? They want me? Why me?

I will say, that does make me feel pretty damn proud of myself.

Meeting was a success

The meeting went really great.

It was unlike anything I’ve ever experience before. By that I mean that I’ve dealt with agreements and arrangements that are supposed to stay hush-hush, but I’ve never actually been involved with something that’s completely confidential and classified to the extent that I can’t even tell my coworkers.

A few weeks back I mentioned that I was hoping to expand the reach of the company (here) and if this deal goes through, that could triple… possibly even quadruple the reach I’ve been aiming for.

I don’t want to get my hopes up, but my hopes are up.

I want this.

It’s funny, this is something that is so hush-hush, I don’t even think I could tell my family. It’s not like I could ever have bragging rights for it, at least no publicly. But I want personal bragging rights. I want to be able to stand in front of the mirror and say ‘yeah, I did that’.

As of right now, it’s more like ‘yeah, we’re half way there’.

Fingers crossed.

Toes crossed.

Everything crossed.

Now I’m going to enjoy the office being closed for Easter. I’ve got a few days planned of doing absolutely nothing.