Do you remember that line in The Cat in the Hat, "Then something went BOOM!" ?
That about sums up my morning.
Never again will I take a week off and then return as the lone employee in the office.
I get in - early! - no one there to see it. This, after a week and a half prior to vacation where there was a fucking car accident or stall every single day on the way in or the way home.
We have 10 voicemail messages. About half of them are from someone who my boss says "has issues," but who is sane enough to hang up on us if we answer the phone, and leave profane, abusive messages to no one in particular over voicemail.
Another message from someone who called yesterday (a holiday) yet claimed she called and left a message "four or five days ago." (You forget, madam, that we are in the digital age.)
A few minutes into this, and in the space of about 30 seconds, my volunteer calls saying 1) she won't be in, 2) something about her cat attacking her, 3) something about how her doctor is an asshole, 4) she will be in, 5) something involving the word "urinary." TMI, folks, TMI!!
Then the lights go out.
Then my friend texts saying his wife left him.
Then my boss walks in to do payroll and he's all kinds of tired and grumpy, coming in during his vacation.
And the day just went downhill from there.
I had more calls today than I typically have in a week.
A couple of samples:
"I have (a certain type of) illness, and you work at a place that helps people with (this type of) illness, and I'm starting a national web site. So you should send out some press releases for me."
"I'm in a graduate program studying (topic.) So I want to come in and watch a group session of (topic.)" I explain that we are not a service provider. I explain what it is that we do.
"So you don't have groups on this topic? So what is it that you do?"
And mind you, I'm running on four or five crappy hours of sleep, since I stayed up late during vacation.
Oh, while I'm venting - I am sick of seeing stories about Newt Gingrich being an insensitive, egotistical prick. That's news?