Tuesday, July 18, 2006

I have an office!

After almost exactly 27 years in the work force (I started my employment history as a McDonald's burger jockey on July 8, 1979), I have my own office! Yes, an honest to ghod office, with like walls, and a door and stuff! I even have a window, though it's a window to the rest of the office.

Actually, the cubicle I left was the best cubicle I ever had. I'm not sorry to leave it. Okay, the window opens up into the rest of the office...

Here are some pictures of the office.

This is the office as seen from the doorway.

This second shot is the office as seen from outside from another angle.

Okay, a short tour:


The picture in the back is a Sierra Club photo of a comet as seen from the desert in the western U.S. The picture on the right is a poster commemorating Canadian Canadian participation in the Battle of Britain. On the desk at the back is a robot shaped desk light that Alana got me as an "office warming" gift. You can't see it, but I have a plastic figure of the Killer Rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail on the desk beside the lamp. The main portion of the figure is a night with a big gout of blood shooting up from his body as he's been decapitated. Okay, you have to see it to understand. On the first of two (yes, two!) monitors is a plush Killer Rabbit.


You can see the Killer Rabbit on the monitor better in this shot. In the background is a framed print of the Red Baron's "final victory", the British aircraft he shot down as his last victim before he was killed. On the book case is a "quilt" square Logan made for me last year at the library.


The desktop. The background on the two monitors is a picture of the Horsehead Nebula. The calendar is the 2006 Monty Python calendar.

The cabinet in the background on the right deserves special mention. That was just a plain wooden cabinet we bought at Hobby Lobby. Alana did an excellent job painting it. I received lots of compliments on it. On top of the cabinet is a Demotivators poster (found at www.despair.com). You can see a better picture of it here: http://www.despair.com/teamwork.html


The view out my office at the poor cubicle dwellers. Suckers!

(Well, maybe I'm the sucker. The person in the picture is Carl, our project manager. He makes probably three times what I make, and he works from his home in Spokane, Washington most of the time. I'd trade the office for that...)

8 comments:

Winter said...

You should put foil on the windows.. that way people don't think you are too uppity!

Plus it will keep your office cool!

Allan Goodall said...

They won't think I'm too uppity, they'll just think I'm weird—er.

Carl suggested I put a big Canadian flag on the back wall. I do have one. I could put it over the window...

Winter said...

And just who did you have to kill to get this office?

Allan Goodall said...

Actually, three people hired after me received offices when they joined the company. I was essentially "next on the list" when this one came up.

The support staff (folks who talk to clients on the phone) all have offices. I'm a trainer, but I also do far, far too much support work. One of the support people left — a technical support guy, not one of the people supporting the programs we sell — and that left me as the last person in the support section of the company without an office.

The managers have all been congratulating me on the office. No sign of a raise (I got one two years ago, but it's been superseded by the cost of gas and health care), but I have an office!

Jason said...

Congratulations on the new office. I started here with an office but I have to share it with my boss. Of course he's only in it for about an hour a day total. So I guess it's really my office. Your office looks better even if I do have big outside windows on two sides.

So instead of raises you get an office this year and next year...a brand new title!

Allan Goodall said...

Thank you, Jason!

And, yeah, I expect a new title next year. Or maybe just a name plaque for the door...

Winter said...

Tell them you'll chunk the dream and sit on the floor for a raise.

p.s. Make sure they are good and drunk before doing so.

Allan Goodall said...

Yes, that would go over well...

On the other hand, at Alana's office it would probably get her promoted!