The hanko for our Badger King arrived last night in e-mail, but since I was sick as a dog and went to bed at 1930 without even looking at my computer I didn't see it until this morning. Ben at The Japanese Connection apologized for the fact that the badger/badge checker pun doesn't work in Japanese and therefore the hanko actually reads "Tanuki King of Anime Detour".
This actually makes things easier, since we were doing some low-level agonizing over what music to play when we summon Aaron onstage for his investment. Now the choice of entrance song will be obvious, at least to anyone who's seen Ponpoko. What else could we choose but AC/DC?
Correction We didn't actually get the whole hanko, just the kanji for it, since getting a stone or wood hanko would have set us back a couple hundred bucks, which is a bit pricey for this kind of fun.
I had been thinking about getting a vest or a sweater for casual Fridays, since this time of year I tend to freeze my butt off when I'm wearing jeans & T-shirt, which I always do. Fortunately this year the company gifted us with sweatshirts at the Holiday Luncheon (last year it was a $10 Target gift card, ptooey!) though I had to hand mine back in since it was only a 2XL and I no longer fit into that size. I did thank the Accounts Payable jefe who arranged for them, for the implied compliment. ^_^ So anyway, the following week she shows up at my new cube with a replacement in 3XL, and it's BLACK. Awwww yeah. I hauled it out yesterday and put it on since I was all feverish and chilly, and it was faaabulous. Oh, wonderful toasty polyester-cotton! I was so comforted by it that I wore it home and put it back on this morning, and it is making me feel good today too.
Other than that, I'm still a disgruntled salaryman with a cold, or maybe the flu. It's hard to tell. I'm not leaking nearly as much as I was yesterday, but I'm still really achy all over and glad there's a medicine chest here with Tylenol and Sudafed. I'm thinking another ten hours of sleep with the blue pills tonight ought to get me through this, with any luck.
In the midst of all the sickness and nose-blowing this week, I almost forgot to mention that my backup man, New Guy Alex, has given his notice and will be moving on to greener pastures next month. I suppose I shouldn't be all down with the schadenfreude, especially since I'm supposed to start training Alex's replacement someday soon (if his incredibly anal boss ever settles on a hyper-detailed training schedule) but so far this is the fifth person I've trained to run the intercompany billing system who has since left. Unsurprisingly, it's not all about the money. Alex told me one of the reasons he jumped ship was because he'd seen the way our managers treated people like me and Jill (who was passed over for promotion in favor of an outside hire and has since gotten her accounting degree and CPA and left the company) and didn't want to wait around for his day in the barrel.
So I said to Richard at the monthly team meeting (just us wage slaves & salarymen, no supervisors/managers) "You're not planning on leaving, are you?" Big laughs all around. Somehow I suspect the managers wouldn't have thought it was so funny. Ho, ho, ho, you fuckers.