I Now Have a Red Soul

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    Sep 18, 2010 11:47 AM GMT
    One of the perks I enjoy from my employer is a company car. Before he was let go, my partner of 22 years was the COO. I've been working for this company in one capacity or another for about 20 years. Started as a consultant and have been employed there for just under 10 years now. Probably one of my biggest mistakes was to accept fulltime employment there. The idea of working with my guy had a certain appeal I found irresistible. When he started with them they were on the verge of bankruptcy and he took this multinational company to the number one in their market with annual sales approaching 15 million smackeroonies and a profit margin that drove the banks nuts with lust to give us loans.

    In December, he announced a project to his salespeople and instructed them in exactly what he wanted from them. All but one turned in their pieces of the project but one who for a year or so prior had been giving him nothing but grief. He had had it with her by this time and demanded she go back to the drawing board and start again. She stormed from his office, crying and yelling, slamming doors. Rather than do as she was instructed, she wrote a letter to the owner of the company in France. The owner is approaching 80 years old, has serious psych problems, drinks too much and is quite easily manipulated. The salesperson enlisted the help of a couple other employees, one of which is a disgraced, disbarred attorney who spent 18 months in a fed pen for destroying documents and forging documents. Many people died as a result of her actions and the results of her actions are still felt today by people trying to get help. She was enlisted to couch the letter to the owner of the company in legalese. Phrases like "hostile work environment" were mixed into the salad that was the letter and the owner of the company chose to protect her ass from yet another lawsuit and fired my partner. This happened on his birthday in May. There's a whole lot more to the bizarre set of circumstances that led to his dismissal and I could write a book about it (but I'm fucking lazy).

    The worst part of all this is that I have to face, everyday, the very people that conspired against my guy. It is incredibly hard to smile at people who you want to punch in the face or kick in the twat. It's hard not to tell them they deserve everyone of their ailments and spit in their faces. It's hard not to light them on fire, turn and piss in the other direction. But the anti-anxiety medicine I've been prescribed has worked wonders for my anger and it keeps it in check, or at least my response to my feelings of anger.

    Every dog has his day.

    One good thing that came from this was that I wrote a letter of my own to the HR person at the company, CCing the owner. In it, I said pretty much "as you know, my partner has been let go. One of the hardest parts of losing one's job is the loss of affordable health insurance. I'm hoping the company will see it's way clear to granting the same dignity and respect to committed gay couples as it does to those couples legally allowed to marry and allow me to add my partner of 22 years to my health insurance.". The industry we're in is chock full of gay people. This is the skin care industry. It would have looked terrible for them to say no and so, in an hour, I got a reply that yes they would arrange with the insurance company to add a domestic partner rider to our insurance package. HOO FUCKING RAY!

    Just before he was let go, he was negotiating with local auto dealers to get me a new car. He's a master negotiator, in any arena. Needless to say, by the time he was let go, I had not gotten a replacement car and was condemned to drive an existing company owned Chrysler 300 (2005). FUCK! But I hated that thing for a kazillion reasons. Since May when I started driving it, I had to take it to the shop twice for the same reason. I suspected I was being duped by the mechanics but didn't really give a shit as it wasn't my money being used to fix it.

    Jump ahead to two weeks ago. I wrote a letter to the owner of the company and explained that the controller of the company told me there'd be no new purchases of this magnitude because the owner had put a hold on such things. Well, that turned out to be a lie and the owner got furious at the controller when I'd explained that the car was dangerous and that it was not green (the owner is totally green - or thinks she is). I was given a 25K budget for a new car and on Wednesday, I got a Red Soul.

    Not the greatest piece of automotive machinery around, but I fell in love with it and all it's accoutrements.

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    Sep 18, 2010 12:31 PM GMT
    Just be glad you're not a ginger, otherwise the state wouldn't let you register the Soul in your name. icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 18, 2010 12:46 PM GMT
    I'm definitely more a maryann.
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    Sep 18, 2010 12:47 PM GMT
    McGay saidI'm definitely more a maryann.
    Can I be Gilligan?
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    Sep 18, 2010 1:33 PM GMT
    Sure, little buddy!
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    Sep 18, 2010 1:52 PM GMT
    Don't look now, but you just wrote a book!
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    Sep 18, 2010 2:04 PM GMT
    Epic prologue...
    Have a new kitschy car…
    Ginger…Maryanne
    The professor…….ggrrrrrr….what was up with those tight pants.

    Squirrel
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    Sep 18, 2010 2:32 PM GMT
    First of all, Congrats on the car!
    You & your partner shall have to "christen" it very well.
    Also serious congrats on getting your company to supporting domestic partners on the insurance... They should give you the Batmobile!!
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    Sep 18, 2010 2:39 PM GMT
    Good grief, my teeth were clenched by the end of that read. Wait til Bill reads it. He's been in your boots in this way, and I'll stop there.

    -Doug



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    Sep 18, 2010 2:47 PM GMT
    That thing looks perfect for road trips.

    Jealous.
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    Sep 18, 2010 2:57 PM GMT
    I have had something like that happen to me, not of that magnitude, but lost out on a promotion that was to be announced the next day. Plus I have work with the person who did that.
    But hey Soul is a nice cute car, enjoy.