Thursday, September 08, 2005

Fighting the Power, as far a job goes, sucks!

Saturday, September 03, 2005


Ok Ok, I guess its good that 12 items have been signed off on at the bargaining table but I am not going to hold my breath. The sticky issues are still to be brought up and "out-of-country" work, I don't think, was a particularly sticky issue. No offense to those working "out-of-country".

So they've signed off on 12 things, well I'm going to sign off on 3 (for now):


1. Conversing with casual acquaintances, people you have to talk to and/or know but don't necessarily like, while picketing.

Making eye contact or saying hi to people you know every time you see them as you walk around the building endlessly sucks and borders on being overly polite(even by Canuck standards). It is not required and can also become quite tiresome, its also better to avoid doing this because if they grow tired of it first, they might start snubbing you and its no fun to be snubbed, especially if you are of relative coolness and don't want to get snubbed by someone less happening than you. Talk to people 1 or 2 times over the course of the day. Say hi the first time you see them and goodbye when you are about to sign out. Or if they are annoying tell them that you just saw Stursberg walking around. They'll run after him for sure.

2. Picking up and using other peoples cleverly drawn/written picket signs could lead to ether a promotion or hot workplace romance!!(when and if we go back to work)

I myself work in a very unsexy department of CBC but the other day I traded my placard in for a spare lying in a storage bin near one of the picket stations. My new sign read "Fith Estate Locked Out by CBC Management". It was drawn with 3 different colors of marker and had exclamation marks and a clever quote about something. I gotta tell you people were looking at me in a whole different way! A lot of producer looking types did the "we're in the club too" winks and nods at me as I walked by. A girl who works in the tape library, who I don't think remembers where I really work, seemed to giddily whisper to her friends as I sauntered by with falsely acquired confidence. THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED BEFORE THE SIGN! So as you all know CBC can be a snobby place at times. Knock down those "I went to Ryerson and you didn't" barriers and steal a sign, lie about where you work to help you pick up or walk around with your resume and hand it out.(make sure you don't give your resume to someone who might know that you don't in fact have that job).


Before the lockout I would see this one particularly well bearded homeless guy walk/lie around the Queen W. Area stealing pints and bumming change and smokes. A bartender friend of mine even gave him the moniker "the Hardest Working Guy in Homelessness". I would often wonder where he hung his pants. Now that I picket the CBC building day and night my wonder has turned to amazement. He lives in the trees in Simcoe Park. I know this because I often take smoke breaks near his nest. The amazement part comes in as I have witnessed him drink like 4 bottles of Chinese cooking wine over the course of 5 or 6 hours. You do the math. That's some serious amount of imbued Chinese spirits rushing through his veins. Now mind you I'm a fairly adept consumer of lager and stout and at times I have had some mild hallucinations/large misconceptions but this guy sees dragons and stuff that are trying to attack him etc. Chinese cooking wine also doesn't seem to tire him out that much as he's always awake and yelling at something i.e. trees, me, sea gulls. I gotta say if this lock out goes really long and I can't afford lager I am going to head down to the Chinese grocery by my house and have a dragon slaying bender all by myself.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Free Time from CBC

Now that it is week three of our lockout i have decided, like so many others, to record it through a blog. Please bear with me as I learn how all this works.