Monday, June 20, 2005

The Longest Week Ever

If any week will be, this will probably be it. I'm working my last week in a job where almost everyone I know knows that I am leaving. It's kind of like saying goodbye to someone after a visit but then bumping into them again unexpectedly and repeatedly just before they get on the plane or something. Not a big deal, but kind of awkward. Staying motivated to work is not a big problem because I don't want to leave the people I like with more work than they already are going to have to "make up for" by me not being here while they look for my replacement. We're pretty bare-bones as it is.

I'm getting war coverage burn-out, and I don't even seek out coverage. I've been in the apathy stage toward it for many many months now, but still it finds me. This "the insurgency is in its death throes" stuff is wearing thin. At a certain point, it seems like the Iraqis are going to have to simply sink or swim. You can't force everyone to care about their futures, and if it hasn't happened enough to our liking yet, is it really ever going to happen?

On a related note, Porter Goss says that we "have a very good idea" where Osama is hiding. We apparently can't get him because he is hiding in a "sovereign nation". What? Are you kidding me? That's what's stopping us? It doesn't seem like sovereignty been a big issue for us recently, rightly or wrongly, and in a case like this especially, why do we care so much? If he is in Pakistan, and they are *really* helping us, you'd think they would have come up with him awhile ago. I don't buy that Musharraf would be ousted if Osama were caught either. Osama supporters want him dead already, so what difference does it make?

5 comments:

Devo said...

Yeah, and what ever happened to "smoke them out of their holes" and "you're either with us or against us" and "any nation harboring terrorists is automatically on our 'bad guy' list" and all that other unilateral garbage? Sovereignty schmovereignty. I'll bet he's in Saudi Arabia, whom we're not allowed to touch cuz they're our current crack dealer (oil hookup).

What a load of hogwash.

Hector Vex said...

Erik, it's time to start stealing office supplies. Empty out the supply cabinet into a grocery bag. That's what I did when I left Arthur Andersen back in the day, and I'm glad I did. I've still got boxes of pens stacked in the closet. (And this was a year before they folded.)

Erik Grow said...

Hahhah!!! Just today I jokingly told a co-worker that I would do that before I left. Nah. I just don't have that in me. I'm happy to be almost done here though. I had a lot of good times, more good than bad, but my career had stalled, and it was high time to go.

Devo said...

Hey, I'm with Vexie on this one. Once the Pocky Lips hits, pens are going to be like cigarettes are in jail. I'll bet you got them there nice, rollerball pens too... If you can lay your hands on a fountain or two, you'll be the equivalent of a millionaire when th' sh!t goes down...

nicnerd said...

Today I went to the supply cabinet at work for a pen, there was only a sticky note that said, "Erik wuz here"