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Cindi texted after midnight to let me know a mutual friend of ours died from COVID-19 complications. I wish she would have waited until this morning as I never got back to sleep. While not a close friend, he was a man I knew socially, who, at one time, was a pillar of the LGBTQ community. He was at all the fundraisers and his family’s foundation supported many of the non-profits serving the LGBTQ community. He was also on several of those boards for many years. Not only am I tired as hell, I’m sad. Adding to my sadness is a friend in Santa Fe who has been in the hospital for almost four weeks with COVID-19. His prognosis doesn’t look good. And then there’s my job which has been like hell with a paycheck today. I’m looking forward to this day ending.

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Caught in an Audit

There’s nothing like starting Monday morning with a meeting demand from corporate counsel and an auditor. It seems they had questions about a project I approved because the implementation violated a licensing agreement and had the potential to trigger royalty payments to a third party software vendor. I kept detailed notes which allowed me to defend my position. Unfortunately, the person who implemented the project did not follow my instructions. Their mistake was caught by the auditors who reported the violation to legal. The person who implemented the project will need to defend their actions. I will not be included in that discussion. Given the company approved projects for 11,000 customers needing system expansions to support home workers due to the COVID pandemic, there was bound to be a few mistakes along the way. I’m sure no serious actions will be taken against the person who implemented the project. It’s back to work for me. I hope the rest of the week goes smoothly.

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Pay For Your Rescue

It seems like ten minutes ago it was Friday night and now it’s Monday morning. My Monday always starts with an early conference call before the offshore team ends their day. That call went well. No escalations or issues were transferred to the US team members. It’s still early, but it looks like most of the coronavirus emergencies have been handled. Now work starts on monetizing the emergency requests. The sales teams are tasked with getting the customers to sign contracts for the services and licenses which have been given free of charge to their customer to use for 90 days. Cut a PO or the services will turned off at the end of day 90. It’s a mix of blackmail and profiting off the misfortune of others. In other words, it’s time to pay for your rescue.

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The Contraction

My client suspended the contracts of most of the consultants yesterday. They are prepping for a major downtown in sales from Fortune 500 companies. Even though sales of remote agent applications and multi-media conferencing are up 800%, that’s only a short-term gain and not enough to sustain the company for the next few fiscal quarters. My position was deemed mission critical by my VP so I’m still working. That is, for now. The contraction of the economy is coming down the tracks like out of control train. This difficult historic time is going to be challenging for everyone.

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Profiting on Misfortune

It’s been a very busy week. My client has been inundated with emergency telecom needs due to the coronavirus. Remote call center agent software and multi-media conferencing solutions are very much in demand. There’s nothing like profiting on the misfortune of others. It seems to be the American way.

I’m meeting up with Miss Y tonight to take in a few art openings. It’s been a while since I seen her since she’s fully consumed by the new woman in her life. It will be good the catch up

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The Institution

I was in my client’s office this morning. I snapped these pictures of the hallway which runs by the R&D labs. I feel like I’m in a mental institution when I’m in this area as all the doors are looked and only accessible by those with high-level security clearances. By contrast, the customer briefing center, which is beautifully designed to showcase the latest technology, is on the other side of building.

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The Gay Guy Can Do It

I was asked by one of my female peers to tie a ribbon on a gift for one the VPs. I thought this was odd. Out of all the people in the office, the out gay guy (there are a few closeted gays in the office who avoid me like the plague) was selected for the ribbon tying. Was it assumed that, because I’m gay, I have specialized ribbon tying skills? I actually do but I’ve never discussed these skills at work. My second partner, who I was with in the 1980’s, was a textile designer employed by a gift wrap manufacturer. I learned a thing or two about wrapping gifts and tying ribbons. As I was tying the ribbon on the gift, the woman told me she bought the ribbon at Hobby Lobby. I cringed but continued until the job was complete. I learned long ago to pick my battles and giving this woman a lecture on supporting Hobby Lobby is not in the best interest of the my career. So I bit my tongue and tied a rather fabulous ribbon on the VP’s gift. The woman was pleased. Mission accomplished. The only thing left to do was to add gift wrapping and ribbon tying to my contract’s statement of work and to update my LinkedIn’s skill set.

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Office Drama

My boss demeaned a female peer this morning. Sadly, I was a witness. It was early so there were only three of us in the office. My boss (I hate calling him that because I operate autonomously and his only purpose is to approve my contract and invoices for payment) initiated a conversation about the local election results. He has a habit of bringing up political issues, which, in my opinion, should not be discussed in the office. He stated that if you voted for a certain ballot initiative, you were stupid. The woman stood up and told my boss she voted for the initiative. She took offense to his comment. There was a short back and forth before the conversation ended. About five minutes later he brought up the ballot initiative again. The woman asked him to let it go. He continued. She told him to let go again. My boss apologized but it was too late. The woman accepted the apology before heading to a meeting. After her meeting, she thanked my boss for apologizing but went on to tell him it was unacceptable to call people stupid for having a different opinion. She told him if he did it again she would report him to HR. Not ever wanting to lose a battle, my boss said it would only result in a slap on the wrist, but, he wouldn’t do it again.

Big fucking mistake. She scheduled a meeting with her boss. She sent me an email recapping the event and asked me to reply. If the Me Too movement, the resent Special Council investigation and the impeachment transcripts have taught us anything, it’s the need to document the experience when it’s fresh and gather witnesses.

I replied to the email stating her summation of the conversation was as I recalled. I applaud this woman for calling out my boss on his behavior. Sadly, this is not first time she has had to call him out for statements he has made. This is the first time she was directly insulted. My boss is clueless when it comes to social mores. He has no social graces. It a miracle he has ascended to the position he holds.

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Living in Colorado one gets used to wild temperature changes. It was 83 on Wednesday until a front moved in dropping the temperature 63 degrees. It snowed yesterday. It was 18 when I got up this morning. Now it’s sunny and almost 50. Another roller coaster of weather changes.

It’s been a challenging work week. I referred a case of employee fraud to legal for investigation. It could lead to a termination. Many of the people I dealt with this week were difficult. I’m amazed how rude people can be even when they need you to do them a favor. Go ahead and contact my boss. He’s knows I check the facts and follow policy. He always has my back. Which, in corporate America, is a good thing.

My dishwasher is on the fritz. It will only run for a few seconds before stopping. I guess I’ll have to wash the dishes by hand unless I can convince Morgan to come over and wash them. He wants some Ambien so I could trade pills for dishwashing. A most excellent quid pro quo. I plan on buying a Bosch this weekend. I know they’re pricey but they are quiet. My current one is about 12 years old. I spent a couple of hundred on repairs a few years ago. I don’t think it’s wise to spend more money on repairs. I’ll splurge on a new one.

I’m headed to the gym soon. Then I’ll have a quick dinner, a shower, a shave and then off in search of art.

Have a great one.

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The Good & The Bad

The CEO signed off on my contract and compensation package yesterday. I’ll have employment for the next year. That’s the good.

A friend was let go from her job yesterday. She’s been interviewing with another firm for a higher paying position so she was a bit relieved. The relief was followed by panic. She’s in the process of divorcing her husband, along with refinancing the marital home so she can pay off her husband. She will have to pay her husband monthly support payments for the next ten years. That’s the bad.

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