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Inexplicable demotion

Posted November 2, 2011 at 04:08 PM by Louis Lotholdt

Another month, time for another blog post. Looie's life-span as a player character has now doubled. While it will take him 18 in-game eras to break any landspeed records in terms of longetivity, he is already well on his way to breaking my internal record for consistency in sticking around. Which raises a good point: only play a character you enjoy playing; otherwise, there's no incentive for sticking around if things go awry.

I wish I was only talking about Aelyria, but I'm not. My real life has just gone extremely awry. Here in Brooklyn there is much construction and demolition on my block in anticipation of the Nets. In my home life, my father recently found out he had ALS, a variation of Lou Gehrig's disease. And at work, my boss is facing an inexplicable demotion.

It's a complicated story, but basically I used to work with this guy Kelsey who is a screw-up, and our boss Lou (I changed the names) didn't want to write him up so he sent him to another division. Maria, his new boss, finds Kelsey irredeemable and wrote him up, and now the big boss has written Lou up and is attempting to demote him.

I think this is wrong. I went to our union yesterday and handed in an official memo supporting Lou and giving him an alibi for some of the charges. Lou's a loyal guy to the people under him, so I'm going to be a loyal guy to him, too. I recently got a commendation from the big boss, so hopefully my words will have some weight.

Lou is a very good boss. He helps you out when you need it. He knows the job. He was not turning a blind eye to Kelsey, but hoping to slowly bring the guy around. And Kelsey isn't a bad guy either; I've gone out drinking with him and been to his house. He's dealing with an almost-fiancee who said no to his offer of marriage and some other stuff. Maybe he needs counseling or time off, but slamming him is the last thing he needs. So I support what Lou did, and I support Lou now that he's in trouble.

I'd like to say it was an easy choice, but around here, going to the union is tantamount to career suicide. We constantly have to take courses on why it is okay to be a whistleblower because 99% of the time we know very well you end up in the basement with Mulder and Scully. And in real life, I'm quiet, hardworking guy, with people besides myself counting on my paycheck.

But in the end, I decided to repay loyalty with loyalty. The allegations against Lou weren't vague things like "You stink as a boss," but rather they were broken down into specific things such as "on October 1st, the big boss attempted to talk to you about Kelsey but you weren't around at 2:15 PM," so I made sure to write things like "On October 1st, at 2:15, Lou was in an emergency meeting with me because I needed to talk to him about my father having ALS."

And he did in fact meet with me that afternoon about that very topic.

Let's say Lou is a GM and that Kelsey and I are AGMs, so this next part is easy to follow. Against other allegations, which boiled down to things like "you took away threads from Kelsey and assigned them to Danny" I put down that I volunteered. Though really, some of these charges are silly: why give me a commendation for posting to an excess amount of threads if you're going to slam Lou for how he assigned them?

Well... only time will tell what happens next. I really like my job and my organization, but I am a bit worried. Lou was once a golden child here, which is how he made management in the first place, and if they can slam him, then no one is safe.
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  1. Old Comment
    Ain't that the truth!
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 07:05 PM by Ann Ann is offline
  2. Old Comment
    You sir have followed the age old tradition of the Bro-Code.

    I tip my hat to you.
    Posted November 6, 2011 at 12:27 AM by Lucky Star Lucky Star is offline
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    I think that it is commendable that you are standing up for your principles and for your boss whom you know was in the right. These are tough times, we all know. All luck and strength to you and your boss.
    Posted November 10, 2011 at 05:15 AM by Moranor Andares Moranor Andares is offline
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