Wednesday, June 24, 2009

World keeps turning

"And your sisters married and you sat there, pint in your hands, lovely shirt and sacked."

OK, well, he said nothing about the shirt but I wanted to put rumours of my sartorial elegance to bed before they got out of hand. It WAS a lovely shirt. Call off the scribes.

Those words fell from Jasper, they were said with all the Irishness of another man who lost his job yesterday. 19 of us in total told to settle any business by the close of the day, hand in our ID cards and "get the fuck out of our faces, we're receivers don't you know."

We took it to Mulligans and made it our own, the entire Irish business stopped by to wish us well, knowing that they too could be out of jobs today or tomorrow or, I don't know, in a month.

Emails and comments and text messages and calls and tweets have been forthcoming in masses, many thanks but as I said to the Latvian girl from accounts who I'd mistaken for a Pole.

"Who died?"

She said something back in perfect English but I don't remember what it was now. We spoke for a while before I handed my seat over to Brian from sales. I think they'd make a nice couple. Matchmaking in a recession.

There were other garbled words and declarations of ardour, there was talk of times past and countless examples of my office irritability ("look what happens when you read over Radge's shoulder. It's really quite something. Wear protective headgear.")

There were tears but they all belonged to the office admins and the accountants. We're a stoic bunch, we journalists, we cry in pint form.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

A new beginning can be refreshing... Hope you make the most of it.

adogwoof said...

we cry in print form


I like that...vy poetic

adogwoof said...

oh, it's pint form!!!!

I misread...

still good - print form better methinks

Radge said...

Methinks too. Fuck.

Holemaster said...

You could cry a river in a galley of text even.

NaRocRoc said...

But the sun is shining eh Radge? Enjoy it for a while, let your options open up.

Radge said...

Holemaster - No tears here sir. Too exciting a time.

NaRocRoc - I've been in the garden between CV-updating. It's a stunner.

Susan at Stony River said...

Beautifully captured moment, wonderfully written, but oh the morning after when you wake up with no job still. I'll call you the lucky one because my husband's only laid off: no paycheck and no payoff either. You? a free man. Good luck with wherever you go next.

Anyhow, I want to see this shirt.

Rutland Place said...

Susan - He was laid off? Was this the place that, it seemed, would never close? That's a shame about the 'no money'. Not easy.

The shirt it already in the wash, last night's excess covered in suds.

laughykate said...

While enforced changes can be a complete pain in the arse, often they end up to be the best changes of all.

Kath Lockett said...

Pint form, print form - they're both good.

John Braine said...

Shit. That's crap.

First time I've been able to pay all my bills in years was when I was made redundant though!

Gypseysdog said...

Describe these Receivers. How were they dressed? How stern were they? How folded were their arms?

Radge said...

Well, two fellas and one girl. The two lads were sharply attired, both with glasses. One was cuntish in nature, fiddling with his phone in the same manner as Fr*nk C***in during a meeting. Ignorant.

The second lad didn't say much, just the facts, ma'am.

The lass had a kind face, but a dagger's touch.