This morning as I was doing my usual "get ready NOW or you'll be late" routine, Spesh called me via the computer. I haven't talked to him in ages but in a way it makes sense that he'd call now when I'm coming for a visit in a little over a month...or at least I understand the impulse. (Spesh is my very good friend who lives in Israel.) It was hard to hear each other over the computer but we shouted out a brief conversation. Then I realized that not only was I going to be late (arriving after 9:30am) but that I actually had a meeting to make at 10am.
I shouted at Spesh, "I have to go! I have a meeting at 10 to talk to TR about my career trajectory. He's the new boss. And he doesn't like it when I'm late!"
"I thought TR was always your boss!"
I said, "No! No, no, no. Larry was my boss but he got promoted and TR got promoted and now TR's my boss. Before he was the deputy."
"Oh. So, are you the deputy now?"
"Why not? You should be." Spesh is my champion, apparently.
I said, "Well, that's not how it works and I don't know if we're going to have a new deputy."
Spesh said, "I don't like that TR got promoted before you, but since he did, you should be promoted to deputy."
"Ok. I'm going to be late. Do you want me to tell him that?"
"Yes, you can tell TR that you're late because you had to have a talk about your career trajectory with me. And tell him you should be deputy."
"Ok. Wait, do you realize that if I move into a supervisory position, I won't be in the union anymore. Do you still want me to be deputy?"
Spesh hesitated before answering, "You mean you'd be The Man?"
"I'm sort of The Man now, but then I'd REALLY be The Man."
"It's ok. Once you're promoted, you can do away with the hierarchy. Just say it's because of feminism."
"You mean, like have an anarchist cell? You know, once I told TR I was an anarcho-syndicalist and he didn't know what I was talking about."
"Just say it's for feminism and then do what you want."
"Ok, go, you're going to be late!"
And I left. I was in time for the meeting but TR postponed it to the afternoon. I told him Spesh's plans for me but I'm not sure TR was convinced.
Grateful for: my champion.