If you’ve been reading this blog for while, you would get the impression that:
(a) I am a negative person; and
(b) The firm is a negative place to work.
(I can’t quite place when I started thinking in itemised Plain English lists. Probably about the same time I started saying “stop, new paragraph” between sentences whilst talking to my mother.)
Nevertheless, neither statement is accurate and this is as good a time as any to set the record straight.
True, work gets dull and frustrating at times. But unlike most of the Firm, I don’t get out of bed each morning for fear of foreclosure (or for $10,000 for that matter, which is about all the tubby white homogeneity of the equity partnership has in common with Miss N. Campbell).
Instead, I show up each day for the small things that make me smile, the little treasures of the Firm that take some time to discover but bring daily warm tingles to an articled clerk’s heart.
In no particular order:
A different type each day of the week. You gotta get in quick before the secretaries (unless they’re “detoxing”).
2. The spunky new Planning & Environment lawyer on level 40 with the flared suit pants and facial hair
Let me count the ways that an articled clerk from Construction can find an excuse to visit the P&E coffee machine two levels down where this side-burned wonder swaggers in each morn, stinking of hand-rolled cigarettes, and makes his long black with 1.5 sugars.
Yes, I know, half sugars. Alarm bells rang for me too. But he is pure man, the Lewis Caine to a 100 of the firm’s Zarahs. Justice King has no jurisdiction over women’s fantasies.
I’m sure it won’t take long for the Firm’s fear of the Other and his alleged lack of billables to result in a swift trip back to Publicservicetown. But until then … mmmm.
3. Showing off my business card at family barbecues
Self-explanatory. Same goes for emailing grandparents with the work email signature.
4. Lunch with the uni gals in the Flagstaff Gardens on Fridays
Getting more and more difficult, which is a pity especially now the Firm has blocked Facebook and requires Friday nights to be spent at Firm drinks in the boardroom. Not all networking is created equal, it would seem.
5. Getting paid to think
... is actually really great. Exhausting and humbling but great, even if it is more often about indemnity clauses than international human rights norms. A by-product of this is working for smart people, some of whom you even admire, if only intellectually. Anyone who has worked in telesales will appreciate how marvellous this is (although give me back my fish-and-chip shop clients any day).
Yep, if the Firm keeps up the Tim-Tams, I could do this for a while yet.