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[Dec. 8th, 2003|04:17 pm]
Whole lotta labia.
But where is mellyflori today?

The US Embassy in Vietnam renigged on their offer of help with customs. At 6:30 this morning. I'm due to leave on Saturday night.

This just got horrific.
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[User Picture]From: wilfulcait
2003-12-08 01:23 pm (UTC)
Hang in there. I thought your analysis of worst case outcomes at lunch was both heartening and convincing. The worst case is, this blows up, it's not salvageable, a bunch of total strangers who don't know you are massively inconvenienced and the company fires you out of hand. Well, you hate the job anyway. Financial insecurity sucks but you've dealt with it before successfully; you came out of the Digex fiasco better off financially than you were before, because you hunkered down and wiped out debts. You're strong and capable and any employer would be lucky to have you, and if these particular individuals you're working for don't appreciate that situations like the one you are facing in Vietnam Just Happen Sometimes, they don't deserve you anyway.

Plus, you have friends with tattoo and baseball bats. Just saying. If they are mean to you we will make them sorry.

****Hugs****
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2003-12-08 02:08 pm (UTC)
Conversation with new boss:

Me: And I'm just worried that at the last minute we're not going to be able to get this equipment in.

Him: And it's good that you're thinking this, because that's probably what the situation is going to be.

Me: I figure in an absolute worst case scenario we can't get this in, 60 GMAT candidates don't get to test, ETS cancels the contract, and I get fired.

Him: I wouldn't think like that. We told ETS that Hanoi was going to be impossible and we've managed to pull it off twice. You're dealing with the best people in the company, our business partner in country is refusing to help, we've followed all the channels we can. Leave the client to me. This is why you work for me now.


Me: oh. ok.

I ran through what I've been doing, caught him up on what the other guy is doing, and basically it's coming out that while I don't get to fly Air France anymore, I do get to have someone else going with me.

And I'm going to be down there again tomorrow. So if you want, we could have lunch again.
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[User Picture]From: wilfulcait
2003-12-08 02:12 pm (UTC)
"Leave the client to me. This is why you work for me now."

I love that. I just love that. Of course, I imagine him say it in Paul Newman's voice, but what the hell.

If you have a boss who doesn't hold you responsible when you do your best and shit just falls apart, and who will cover your back against unhappy clients, the job goes from shitty to only 95%shitty. Go new boss!
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[User Picture]From: wilfulcait
2003-12-08 02:15 pm (UTC)
Or maybe Shaitan's voice, come to think of it.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2003-12-08 02:26 pm (UTC)
Lord. I could hear him say that too. *shiver*
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[User Picture]From: wilfulcait
2003-12-08 02:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah. It's that "You're one of mine now and I take care of my own" thing.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2003-12-08 02:24 pm (UTC)
He basically finished the call with "YOu focus on getting the computers in, doing everything you can to facilitate delivering these exams, I'll smooth things over with the client, I'll brief their main liason tonight."

Damn.

In the call somewhere was the line "You're with GLobal Channel Services now.. we deal with this stuff allll the time."

Plus, last week there was the comment "I've got a pretty liberal attitude about comp time.. especially for those who travel.. I don't really start paying attention until you ask for two or three days in a row and then we talk vacation."

*gasp*

*falls over*
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[User Picture]From: wilfulcait
2003-12-08 02:14 pm (UTC)
And of course lunch. I blew off all my partners to have lunch with you today, I'll gladly blow off absolutely nothing (my current lunch plans) to have lunch with you tomorrow. I am the happiest of Caits. Wheeee!
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[User Picture]From: slightlytricky
2003-12-08 01:32 pm (UTC)
omg grr!! good luck with the whole thing sweetie. here's hoping we don't have to start breaking legs on your behalf. *nod*
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2003-12-08 02:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you sugar, I appreciate it. If I need legs broken there's no one else I'd rather call for it. Y'all are my little LJ mafia.

Basically I'm working all the legit channels I can, someone else is working the slightly shadier channels. Worst case is that the client sees we did all we could and I have to reschedule for when we can get the correct paperwork.. which will be in January.. which I wanted to do ALL ALONG! Dang.
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[User Picture]From: ravenscathedral
2003-12-08 01:37 pm (UTC)
Fuck em, fuck em all. I tell you, I will bazooka anyone else who upsets you today. You know it's true, they don't deserve you anyway..
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2003-12-08 02:18 pm (UTC)
Oh honey, nothing says love like superior firepower. :) The company is backing me 100% which is great... the folks on the ground over there are just making me angrier and angrier.

The only upside to this is that I get to go on the trip with a man who knows the true splendor of business travel. I smell a strip joint.
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From: starfishchick
2003-12-09 11:46 am (UTC)
nothing says love like superior firepower

That needs to be an icon.

I'm just sayin'.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2003-12-08 02:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, and my Robbie Williams CD came. :)
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From: starfishchick
2003-12-08 01:40 pm (UTC)
Have a cookie.

Poor thing. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2003-12-08 02:21 pm (UTC)
See... cookies make everything better. Or, at least they make you not care for a while.
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[User Picture]From: kiltsandlollies
2003-12-08 01:47 pm (UTC)
*locks, loads*

Bet I could learn Vietnamese right quick if I had to.

Still, *fedexes truckloads of peppermint crack*
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2003-12-08 02:22 pm (UTC)
"Bet I could learn Vietnamese right quick if I had to."

At least enough to say "Fuck off, I'm busy trying to work over here you bureacratic little twit." And then you could teach me.

*gratefully chugs some crack, remembers half sandwich still in car*

*smiles*
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[User Picture]From: baisleac
2003-12-08 02:24 pm (UTC)
Think we can borrow K&L's 'Thief' to go after 'em? ::grrrrrrr::

::send virtual huggles and Scots Scotch::
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2003-12-08 02:26 pm (UTC)
I'm sure she'd oblige :)

Can I have the Scots too?

*hugs*
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[User Picture]From: baisleac
2003-12-08 02:29 pm (UTC)
::sends all the Scots I can think of...except Billy... including Billy::... oof! that was hard!... but anything for you ::grin::
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2003-12-08 02:33 pm (UTC)
Aww! I got BillY! WHEE!
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[User Picture]From: kiltsandlollies
2003-12-08 02:30 pm (UTC)
she sure would, but I bet this guy's a lot more dangerous. :-)
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2003-12-08 02:31 pm (UTC)
Oh lordy.. he does so make my heart go pitty pat. And then stop just for a second. *sigh*

Oh, I brung you coffee. (hee, I said brung. once I heard a student ask a teacher how to spell brang.)
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[User Picture]From: baisleac
2003-12-08 02:46 pm (UTC)
Oh yeeeaaaaah...::see hearts go pittapat::

I do not have a dark/fierce Billy icon... meep!

::sits back to watch the scrumptious detective get the job done::
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[User Picture]From: wilfulcait
2003-12-08 02:54 pm (UTC)
Whereas after going to TLS last night all I want in life is a Ken Watanabe icon. And maybe one of Tom Cruise all nasty with his hair in his eyes.
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