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Where DO These Thoughts Come From?

September 6, 2012

It seems I’ve been reflecting a lot about the many jobs I’ve had over the years. What’s interesting is how my perspective has changed from then to now. I’ve always worked in an administrative capacity and have truly thrived in this arena. It’s given me insurmountable memories to write about. So I dug a little deeper into the recesses of my memory and something else occurred to me. Time and experience really does distort perception. Humor becomes a little darker and the situations lean a little further toward the unthinkable; again, all in the name of humor…

Way back when I was a fresh-eyed, supercharged, ‘can do’ young pup, I thought about my first office job. It’s important to note that we didn’t have computers. Nope, I was an IBM Selectric kinda assistant. As a matter of fact, I wasn’t even an assistant. I was a secretary. That typewriter didn’t even have a correctable tape feature—that model came later. But boy did we have white out. The company was a real estate closing firm and it was my very first office job. There was a lot of paperwork and forms and one mistake segued into a white out painting extravaganza to correct it. I made a mess out of one document in particular and had so much plaster on that page it cracked when I lifted it out of the typewriter. My thoughts then?  ‘Oh silly you, pay attention…’

A handful of years later, I went to work for a corporate gig that definitely was on the cutting edge of whoever gets to the top first wins and the hell with everybody else. What a lesson in life that was. Somewhere between Pollyanna me and a summer of bartending before going back into the corporate world, things really changed and so did I. My behavior and responses to some of those ‘forward thinking’ individuals wasn’t quite so pure anymore. Okay, a summer of serving umbrella drinks in Saint Somewhere may have had something to do with my sharp wit. Regardless, I had found my voice and wasn’t afraid to use it. We weren’t called secretaries anymore either. I had graduated to administrative assistant—gender thing, I suppose.

And now here I am today…And this is my point. If someone told me twenty plus years ago that some day I would think about bringing a potato gun into the office to use on my co-workers when they crossed the line, I’d be horrified. Today, when the thought crosses my mind, there’s no horror at all. I’m just thinking ‘Casual Friday’ would be a good day to do that—be a great way to close out the work week…


Diane Lunsford

I am a writer. I remember the first time I said those words out loud, I had to say them a few more times before the concept stuck. That was over 25 years ago and I still begin most days tasking myself to write something—anything as long as I keep paying the words forward. Humor plays an important role in my writing because a true writer needs a great sense of humor and some really thick skin. I can’t even imagine the fall out each time that proverbial thanks, but no thanks comes in the mail—okay, email nowadays if I didn't have humor. I’m one of five children, smack-dab in the middle of my siblings and had a set of parents who did a great job of raising our herd. I'm a wife with a great husband and mom with two amazing daughters. Words matter and when they’re strategically placed to command laughter due to their precise placement, what a symphony! I’m never going to stop writing and laughing. I’ll see you on the other side some day. I’ll be the one with the red balloon; standing at the end of the…wearing a…

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5 Responses to Where DO These Thoughts Come From?

  1. September 7, 2012 at 5:30 am

    C’mon Kathy! Carbon copies are a little before my time…

  2. Kathy Minicozzi
    September 6, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Remember carbon copies?

    On the other hand, maybe we don’t want to dwell on such traumatic memories.

    • Dorothy Hanson
      September 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Oh yes Kathy, I do remember carbon paper. I also remember typing on stencil paper that actually cut through 3 layers of tissue paper. Then wrapping that treasured copy on a freshly inked mimeograph machine. Of course that was the day I was wearing my new spring white dress! LOL

  3. Diane
    September 6, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks Donna–had to emphasize the humor because I don’t want some “PC” cop coming after me as a result of my potato gun reference. Cheers!

  4. September 6, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    My your attitude certainly has mellowed! Very fun post!

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