Thursday, April 20, 2006

Making Friends at Work

Portrait of alienation and affirmation via email:

----Original Message-----
From: Michelle
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 12:27 PM
To: Jill; Karen
Subject: Because you are the two here who would understand why I have sent this.....

“Reduction of the ecological footprint of the consumer classes around the world is not just a matter of ecology, but also a matter of equity.”

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From: Karen
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 12:28 PM
To: Michelle
Subject: RE: Because you are the two here who would understand why I have sent this.....

Yep.

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From: Michelle
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 2:18 PM
To: Jill; Karen
Subject: RE: RE: Because you are the two here who would understand why I have sent this.....

O.k. Jill's a little baffled….I’m glad you got it.

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Michelle's my new buddy at work. She studied linguistics in college and she likes to read actual books, imagine that. So we've traded some books and stories of books and some words and stories of words.

Michelle is also ecology-conscious, and she reformed me from my styrofoam cup habit. Now I use a mug to eat my lunchtime Special K cereal.

She's my evidence that the future is not entirely in the hands of clueless television zombies. (She's young: in her early 20's.)

This item is short and possibly lacking in interest, but I'm leaving the computer now to go read my book Last Train to Paradise, about Henry Flagler and the Overseas Railway. Report to follow.

2 comments:

TBG said...

Friends at work are sometimes the best friends. Because you're thrown together based on a vague similar interest (whatever the organization does) but usually you're very different people. So when you find the people you click with it's even more wonderful.

I'm so blessed to be closely working with people I can't wait to spend the day with. Believe me, it hasn't always been this way. I've worked with some doozies. But I've found that sticking it out usually works its magic. The crazies leave eventually. Unfortunately, the good ones sometimes leave, too, and that always hurts.

Karen said...

Good for you, T--that's a real blessing, to spend your day with people you enjoy. I work in a big department, so there is generally always somebody I'm happy to see each day. And I'm in the hospitality industry, so people are very polite, especially compared to my previous job, which was at a law firm.