Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Missed opportunity to make the world a better place

The scenario:  Prudence had stopped at a fishmonger van to buy a kilo of silver cobbler.  Selling the fish was a man d'un certain age who wasn't having a good day.

Prudence had handed over her cash, politely declined a plastic bag and was waiting for change.

Fishmonger: Have you had a good afternoon?

Prudence: Yes, thank you, I have.

Fishmonger: Then why aren't you smiling?

Prudence is quite proud she managed not to growl through her gritted teeth, but in hindsight wishes she'd said what she was thinking:  that serve of condescension has just ensured I will never buy fish from you again and I will tell everyone I know that you are a patronising git.


Sometimes it is better to set aside good manners for the greater good.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Rather missing the point

Beloved has a sticker on his ute, of which he is particularly fond:

God is just pretend

Yesterday he found a postcard under his wiper.

From the Mormons, the handwritten message (very childish script, printing with large circles rather than dots above the i s) read:

      "If God is just pretend, then so are you, my brother."

Prudence thinks, well, that just goes to show.

Monday, May 7, 2012


It is quite usual for Prudence to find,

in the washing machine filter,

money - coins and notes.

The discovery of two pieces of spiral pasta

has Prudence


Saturday, May 5, 2012


Prudence has a problem employee at work.

Along with lovely boss, she has been managing this problem employee, who is 50, misogynistic and really quite stupid.

He has, apparently, a PhD, but Prudence has no idea how this happened as this man can barely string a sentence together, has no concept of anyone other than himself and is quite incapable of any work involving initiative or imagination.

There have been stern conversations.  There have unpleasant reports.  Punches have not been pulled and words have not been minced.

This is known as the sub-standard performance process.

Disconcertingly, problem employee has started paying Prudence compliments. And good manners dictates she accept these compliments gracefully.

It really is most unpleasant.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Getting things done

Prudence has had a managerial kind of a day.

First off, she donned her union delegate hat, helping resolve a nasty, high-level bullying case. 

Then after a fortifying long macchiato, she put her manager hat on to start of one of those lovely anachronisms that define the public sector: the sub-standard performance process.

The less said about that, the better.

Later on, she was amused to hear (and quite pleased) that she has a reputation as an operator.