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The Fabulous Adventures of Astera: Writer/Actress for Hire

Meet Astera (aka: me), a star in her own mind. Our plucky little heroine has embarked on not one but two difficult, low-paying career paths: writing and acting. Witness the menial jobs! The unreasonable demands! The quirky friends and family! And the glimmer of success just ahead! Through it all, Astera maintains her core beliefs: 1) She is destined to be fabulous 2) Everything is more fun with a cocktail.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Corporate Double-Talk

You know what phrase I hate? "Right-sizing." I hate it more than "thinking outside the box," "digging down into it," "getting on the same page," and "huddling up." I hate it because it's a terrible and callous euphemism for laying off workers. It implies that the workers were somehow "wrong."

In a desperate bid to save itself from its own poor decision-making, my company "right-sized" 2,400 people out of jobs today. I, however, am still employed. For the time being.


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