Thursday, August 27, 2009

Money well spent?

I know I've touched on this issue before, but it baffles me enough to give it my full attention today. Why does a Hollywood Executive who is nearly half-way around the world need a Temp for a few hours if the normal assistant has to leave early?

I got a 'C' in macro-economics in college. So it's clear I'm a little daft. But you'd think in today's tough financial times HR would respond to the Temp request with, "Geez [Executive Name Redacted], I know your normal assistant isn't feeling well, but since you're...well...7,000 miles away and 10 time zones ahead, could you save us a couple bucks and live without one for the next few hours?"

But no. What a Hollywood Executive wants, a Hollywood Executive gets. And this executive wanted me, Temp X, to sit there and...well...this is what I did:

  • Read Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. Saw that they're making Heathers into a TV show and felt a trickle of bile work its way into my throat.
  • Read Us Weekly and some other celebrity gossip magazine. Saw that Octo-mom and Kate (of Jon and Kate plus 8) are having a spat. Wondered where my life went wrong such that I have the time or inclination to read about this.
  • Saw that Nikki Finke had a mild screw-up but decided to leave the old bird alone. (You owe me!)
  • Considered applying for work in my former career. Then I read the job description and began to lose consciousness.
  • Had a cup of decaf just for the sugar rush.
  • Translated my own handwritten scribble into a script I'm working on.
  • Found a pastry that wasn't too old to eat.
  • Ate the pastry.
  • Looked for interesting office supplies to steal. It was all crap. Stole some anyway.
  • Cleaned out my email inbox. Started planning my trip to Nigeria to recoup my €30 million.
  • Watched part of the Dodgers game. Began to lose consciousness.
  • Ate a couple of mini-candy bars just for the sugar rush.
  • Went to the john a couple times. That wasted at least 15 minutes.
  • Answered the phone each of the seven times it rang. Each call was for the assistant.
  • Made a couple photocopies for an insurance claim I need to file.
  • Listened to six hours of hair metal on iTunes Big R radio.
I sure hope I was worth it.

1 comment:

Jenn said...

I highly recommend taking a "TN" at temp jobs. (Well, in the bathrooms AT temp jobs.)

That would be "Toilet Nap." You can easily get away with a 15 minute nap while sitting on the toilet. Honestly, who is going to call you out on your toilet time?

I have also fully laid down on the floor of a stall to nap. There were several stalls in the bathroom and that was probably not a very smart idea.

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