Broken Things

October 11, 2008

In another century (1999), I was driving home late at night (actually more like early in the morning, the bars were probably closed) from some fucked-up RGIS inventory (if memory serves, I was running it and it didn’t go well) and I heard a song that made me pull over and listen. At the time I had no earthly idea what song it was or even who sang or wrote it. But it spoke directly to my heart, as few songs have before or after. After calling the radio station, WNCW, a few days later (yes, I was working RGIS at the time so that was the first chance I had), I found out the singer/songwriter was Julie MIller and the song was “Broken Things” from the Broken Things cd.

Here’s a clip from a live performance of the song by Julie Miller:

You can have my heart
Though it isn’t new
It’s been used and broken
And only comes in blue
It’s been down a long road
And it got dirty on the way
If I give it to you will you make it clean
And wash the shame away

You can have my heart
If you don’t mind broken things
You can have my life if you don’t mind these tears
Well I heard that you make old things new
So I give these pieces all to you
If you want it you can have my heart

So beyond repair
Nothing I could do
I tried to fix it myself
But it was only worse when I got through
Then you walked into my darkness
And you speak words so sweet
And you hold me like a child
Till my frozen tears fall at your feet

At the time, my love interest from Canada (no not the Lovely Lettuce) didn’t get or even like the song. Needless to say, that relationship didn’t last.

Although I didn’t know it at the time, this song was about the Lovely Lettuce and me.

Hours Worse Than RGIS!!!!!

October 4, 2008

Egads!!! I always thought that the hours I work at RGIS were some of the crappiest outside of job like crab fishing a la the Deadliest Catch. But the Lovely Lettuce has discovered hours worse than mine at the Western New York Developmental Disabilities Service Office(DDSO).

If I understand correctly the units at the DDSO have staffing requirements based on the individuals’ treatment plans. By law, the “mandated” staff/individual ratio has to be met for every shift. If one of the staff calls in sick and no one else can be found to replace the staff person who called in sick, one of the currently working staff is required by law (“mandated”) to continue working until another staff person shows up for work.

And that’s what happened to the Lovely Lettuce. She was working a 3 pm to 11 pm shift when she was “mandated” to work another 8 hour shift until 7 am. This wouldn’t be that bad except for one thing: Lettuce has to work another 3 pm to 11 pm shift tomorrow (Sunday).

This is the second weekend in a row that the Lovely Lettuce had to work a double. Last week it wasn’t as bad (and she had advance warning because she was a volunteer) – She worked 8 hours (3 to 11) on Saturday and a double (7 am to 11 pm) on Sunday.

We RGISians work all sorts of crappy hours but we very rarely work 16 hours in a row. But I must admit that years ago working out of Knoxville, TN, if memory serves, I was in a Walmart (emergency after a fire) inventory that lasts almost 18 hours. And 8 to 12 hour inventories aren’t unheard of.