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Month: August, 2015

Busy at work

Been pretty tied town at work lately.

It’s surprisingly hard to find good assistants to a law firm.

The current situation is that it’s [Chef], [Bucky], and myself who are the primary employees– we do all the legal work and have the most experience working together.

On the side, we have one casual paralegal and three admins, who we rotate through since they have different skill sets. For instance, one of them specialises in accounting, another specialises in IT… but we don’t need a bookkeeper in every day, and we don’t need IT taken care of every day, so we roster them on opposite days and just queue up tasks throughout the week for them.

It’s a pretty decent arrangement, but as a side note, it’s not always all that great because, frankly, they’re not capable of working efficiently for us more than once or twice a week.

Hmm. How do I explain this?

Good help is simply hard to find.

I am sure that good help exists out there somewhere– but like dating, finding the right person to do the job for the right price is not easy. Sometimes it’s downright infuriating.

I don’t really want to sound like an old man, but I’m certain that I’m not imagining that I worked a hella lot harder when I was a kid, and by the time I was in my twenties, I was very much capable of being a responsible and self-driven employee.

My main problem with all these casual employees (who never get upgraded to part or full time) is that they are a bunch of self-entitled children who are all raised with the idea that they’re special or talented. And that anybody gives a shit. And that they’re entitled to things.

I just found out that one my my coworkers, who works maybe once or twice a week as an admin (and soon to be licensed lawyer) asked my boss to hire her full time and to nominate her for a duty scheme with a government lawyering unit (which I’m a part of).

A bit of background– this is an employee who is a friend of Bucky and mine, because we all went to law school together. However, this employee has very little actual legal experience, and after a year, is barely able to answer an incoming telephone call properly. How will that kind of person actually expect to get anything done in a commission or court?? I have a whole lot of other issues with her, including excessive personal calls and facebook usage, but just overall, I’m frankly insulted that she would expect to be on the same pay grade and to be assigned the same duties as I have.  I have earned this position.

While there is a saying, “there’s no harm in asking”, there really is. In asking for things that you have no actual entitlement to, you come off as seeming self-entitled and possibly delusional. And you piss off everyone who actually has worked to get what you want to be granted, because you’re making light of all their work.


More on this later perhaps.

Chinese Garden

It’s been a long time coming. [CM] and I have been together for a bit under 6 years now.

On August 2nd, I proposed and she said yes.

We went to the restaurant Blacks by ezard in Pyrmont for lunch (near my old media job), then took a ferry to Darlinghurst.

I actually intended to propose at the Sydney Chinese Friendship Garden (look it up on Google) because the pictures of that place look really gorgeous. However, when I told CM that’s where we were going, she refused because the $6 admission was too expensive and she “don’t care about no dumb Chinese gardens; we’re Chinese and we have our own garden!”

Which is technically true. We have some catnip, rosemary, parsley, and a lemon tree.

So the backup plan on the spot was to go to the Sydney Botanical Gardens (near the Sydney Opera House).

Weather was good. First nice park bench I found, we sat down. That would have been great– semi-seculded, perfect view of the water-walk area and the harbour. But there were a trio of Koreans sitting at a nearby bench who were bitching incessantly. I tried to wait them out but for 30 minutes they just kept going at it and so we decided to move.

Found another park bench and proposed.

She was happy. We are happy.

We’re Engaged!

On August 2nd, 2015, I proposed to [CM].

She said yes!