It’s nice to be missed

Over the weekend I visited my previous place of employment. Twice a year my old work has a big fabric show where hundreds of customers and vendors come from all over the country to cash in on deals. My previous boss invited me out to the Saturday night festivities which usally included delicious food, wine and music. It’s always been a trip for me to walk into previous places of employment. I feel fine and then I’m suddenly hit with a dizzy spell. I feel out of place and things don’t seem to be how I remember them.

Even though I received a personal invite from my old boss, she failed to tell any of my ex-coworkers that I would be coming.
There is nothing better than walking into a room full of people and seeing their faces light up as their eyes catch a glimpse of you. Across the crowded room of people I spotted my friend KB spotting me. Her eyes switched to full beams as her mouth hung open in dismay. Before I could make my way over to her I was waylaid by a myriad of other faces and gasps. When I finally caught up to KB she jubilantly flung her arms around me. I really couldn’t believe all the excitement over me. She told me how much she missed me and she explained that things were completely different since I left. Apparently when I exited, so did all the excitement. They hired two new girls that are nice, but terribly boring. One of them thinks she’s funny and cynical, but really she’s more of a beotch. The other new girl is extremely quiet and talks like a valley girl, much to the vexation of KB. And, my old boss is still an abrasive ball of blathering arrogance (not everything can change). While I was there I had the ability of keeping my boss at a relative state of calm, but since my departure no one keeps her in check and it sounds as if she has quite a few moments filled with rants.

I helped KB clean up and took her to Newport Bay for drinks and eats. She drew quite the looks with her polka dots and pearls. The theme for the big show this year was ‘favorite Hollywood star’ so she dressed up as Lucille Ball. Over manhattans and cosmos we discussed all the things that had changed and where our lives were headed. I was amazed to hear of some of the changes that have occured since I left just 4 short months ago. The main one being my former boss began handing out raises like they were tic-tacs. Oh man, I haven’t had a tic-tac in so long. I used to love playing with the little container once it was empty, my action figures were always getting their feet stuck in them and the minty aroma would last for months after the last tic-tac tumbled out. But I digress….
I don’t know if it was because I left, but suddenly my old boss started fighting for more money for her slav–employees! Now KB makes way more than I did and she’s only been there for 9months! I was there for 2 years. Even though I truly believe I’m in a much better place to make money and be content it still gets my goat. My goat is got! It’s funny how things work like that. Had she given out good raises while I was still there, I’d still be there. It would’ve most likely made me complacent and not cared that I was still at a dead-end job. So I say it’s good. The manhattans were good, the company was good, the whole night was good. It’s always good to be missed.

3 Comments »

  1. Pamela said,

    March 20, 2007 @ 6:22 am

    That always happens with the salary thing. You leave your job and then find out they hired the new person at 25% above what they were paying you. So not fair.

  2. Anthony said,

    March 20, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

    Hey, i miss you everyday so you should really really feel good now..
    haha ;)
    Giving out raises now that your gone is fairly bizarre though…
    I am stil racking my brain trying to figure that one out..
    K, i shall return son..
    ABC OUT!
    __We are the Knights who say Ni__

  3. mego said,

    March 22, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    you still need to take me out!

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