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Thursday, January 11, 2007

24's New Season Is Awesome

So thanks to the ever-growing tech skills of the Roomie, the first four episodes of 24 have been torrented directly onto his G4. That would be the episodes that have their premiere on Fox this Sunday, January 14th and Monday, January 15th in 2-hour blocks.

And yeah, they're awesome. If you haven't seen the show before, I highly recommend giving this season a shot. A lot of the characters are new or changed since last time, but they make it pretty easy to catch up.

And if you're a fan, it's pure Jack Bauer mainlined to your eyeballs, baby.
Honestly, if you can watch the entire first episode without screaming "Holy Sh**!" at least once, then, well you just don't appreciate good television. But don't look below the picture of Jack if you don't want to read spoilers.

Here are some fun spoilerish comments on the new season:
-Wayne Palmer is President, and not as good as his brother at it. I have faith, though, after the fourth episode. Also, Presidents Palmer's sister, played by Regina King, shows up. And she seems pretty awesome. The Roomie and I have a debate over whether or not her boyfriend is evil. I say he's not evil and Roomie thinks he is.
-CTU's Bill Buchanan and Karen Hayes from Homeland Security are now married and bigwigs? They're surprisingly all cute and lovey. Even the Roomie and I were all "Awww, old people can be so sweet."
-Chloe ex-husband is now at CTU and is a huge douchebag, but he's amusing so it works for me.
-Milo is back. He gets about as much respect as I do.
-Jack gets all Angelus. And it's so awesome. That's when the season really kicks into gear.
-That new hot chick--Nadia-- seems totally evil, or kinda clueless to give new viewers entree...or just around to translate the Arabic. Hopefully she's not gay. Although that would be hotter.
-It looks like they may be able to avoid Kim for most, if not all, of the episode! Sweet Jesus YES! My 24 prayers have been answered!


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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Welcome Back, It's Now 2007, Atlas

Happy New Year. Mine sucked. I'm already dreading work, but thank God for Martin Luther King, Jr., and his sweet holiday which I WILL be getting off this year.

Anyway, I was catching up with my many emails and this one caught my eye. Feel free to send me these questions people. But be sure to Google the blog for answer before you do. Otherwise, I may not respond at all. And I'm making no promises. I'm a Hollywood assistant....lying is my livelihood.

So here's the email I received:

Hi. I enjoy your blog. Welcome back and Happy New Year.

Could you please write a post about making mistakes at work, and the best way to recover? Sometimes, I make mistakes such as forgetting to copy an executive on a memo, or emailing the right person but flubbing his/her name. I usually send a quick correction apologizing for the error. But, it seems those tiny errors are harped on by other assistants, as if it is their ammunition to make me look bad to our bosses. They actually make a point of ridiculing me or mentioning my mistakes to our bosses. Each day, I try to be more "perfect" but mistakes happen for many reasons, none of which are vindictive.

Also, it seems that the other assistants are resentful because I leave work at a reasonable time, usually 6:30 PM. I come in early, usually by 8:30 AM. I work a 10-hour day with no lunch break. I value my personal time, so throughout the day I make sure I manage my workload so by the time 6:30 PM comes, I am done with things, so I can wrap it up for the day. Why should I hang around the office until 7:00 PM or 8:00 PM, if I am done and if my boss is done rolling calls and says "Good night. I'm done. See you in the morning." The other assistants say that I am rude, lazy and I do what I want to do.

I enjoy my job. I enjoy supporting my boss. I love it the business, but my headaches are the other assistants.

I would really love your advice. And, please can you not mention my name?

-Emailin' Assistant Person Obviously At A Sharky Agency

2007! Whee!

Hi Emailin' Assistant,
I appreciate the email, but I can't guarantee posts on request. Of course, you're getting your wish, so feel special. Anyway, after perusing your situation carefully for about thirty seconds, here's what I'd say you might do to improve your relations with other assistants, or perhaps improve your overall work life.

-Make fewer mistakes, blame more of them on others, cast doubt and aspersions, and lie, cheat, steal. You are an assistant, dearie, and if this were a game, it would be more fun. And this is definitely not an ethical game, people. You're either being bullied because you don't fight back, making you a convenient punching bag...or, you are actually a major screw-up and they're just trying to get rid of you.

-Apologize less via email, as this leaves a written record of your failure. Often this is forwarded and re:'d endlessly by the less tech-savvy or needling bosses/associates. Apologize via phone. It's more personal that way, and you need that with apologies.

-Either more face time, or none, with the other assistants. It depends on your office, but you could offer to help out occasionally, especially if someone's struggling. It may generate goodwill. If all is quiet, by all means, get out of there. I'd expect the others to do the same.

-State your morning arrival time when you leave. If 8:30 is early for your office and you'll be in then, are there any calls you'd like put in to NY/Europe when you come in? They probably won't have you do it, but it inoculates you to calls of under-work.

-Examine your behavior. If you know the other assistants are calling you things behind your back, make sure you know exactly why. It's either because they're jealous, catty snatches, or because they're right. So you either need to ignore them or check yourself before you wreck yourself (or, your career). Either way, I'd say a healthy dose of self-examination never hurt anyone. Of course, constant over-self-examination is my curse, so maybe you shouldn't trust me on this last one.

Best of luck,