Army of Mom

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4.26.2006

Karma

I feel a wee bit guilty when I take pleasure at someone else's misery. But only a wee bit in some occasions.

Last Friday, I was called by an editor I work with routinely. She had bitten off more than she could chew on a research project and asked me if I could drop everything else and devote Monday and Tuesday to getting this list accomplished for her. Not a lot of writing, but a lot of tracking down people and information.

Sure, I said. I'm a glutton for punishment and I need to crap up money for tennis lessons for Pickle, new sneakers for Hot Rod, $50 for karate tournament fees and a dye job for my hair.

So, I get the job accomplished and on time. Editor calls me, she is still in a panic over meeting deadline and lets the cat out of the bag about a job they had originally hired me on and then decided to give to someone else. She never gave me a reason why they reassigned it, but they did. Nothing I can do about it, but wonder what the deal was. She was pleased with my work, I met deadline. So, I figured they found someone to work cheaper.

Anyway. She calls me today and is venting that this writer is AWOL on the project. Won't return her calls, won't return her emails. Nothing.

Me, on the other end of the phone, is grinning wildly and trying to contain my righteous feelings that karma has been served here. What is the saying? What goes around, comes around. And, another cliche, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Ok, stuffing all the cliches back in the box, and getting back to work.

4 Comments:

  • At 2:37 PM, April 26, 2006, Anonymous Lab Kat said…

    Again, I commend you for not laughing out loud over the telephone.

     
  • At 3:01 PM, April 26, 2006, Anonymous Army of Dad said…

    Everyone deserves some Schadenfreude moments now and then.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schadenfreude

     
  • At 5:32 PM, April 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sounds a lot like a situation I had recently...I apply for a job, had two interviews, things were going great. Someone comes along older than me - so more experience, but I had the qualifications (degree, etc.) and they choose her. She works 3 days, calls the 4th and says she's done, no 2 weeks, nothing. Serves them right.

    -E

     
  • At 6:35 PM, April 26, 2006, Blogger Mr Angry said…

    It is ever so nice when karma works that way. Had a similar situation myself once, when one manager who had a personal issue with me decided to screw me over professionally. She got a senior manager's backing and things were looking grim for me. At the same time she was arguing for a retrospective pay rise because she had been doing extra duties for six months. Senior manager backs her on this too, she gets the backpay and quits the day after!

    Senior manager suddenly realises he backed the wrong horse and spends a lot of time sucking up to me and giving me a promotion. Nice!

     

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