Wednesday, December 23, 2009

In Which I Show You How

I'll get to the main part of this post in a bit, but I first want to talk about the events of the past couple of days. A lot has happened.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you've probably seen me talk about interviewing for a job, and then getting a job, and then quitting my old job. All of that happened within a span of less than 36 hours, and it couldn't have happened at a better time.

This past Saturday, after finishing my shift at my (now) old job, my supervisor told me that they needed me to come into the corporate office for my next shift, to go over some "procedural" things. I told him that Tuesdays aren't good for me, and he replied that I wouldn't be able to work again until I made it into the office. That seemed fishy to me, but I was shot down when I pressed for more information.

I've been getting mixed feelings from my supervisor and my boss for a while now, and I've felt in the back of my mind that they've been looking for something, anything that I did wrong, to have a reason to fire me. My boss has a history of being vindictive like that, and where I've one-upped him a few times over the years, I got this gut feeling that this "procedural" meeting was going to result in my getting a pink slip.

And then Monday happened. I interviewed with a recruiter, and then later in the morning, with the manager of the department in which I'd be working if I got the job. Both interviews went very well, and late Monday evening, I got a call with a job offer. Of course I took it, and quickly drafted a resignation letter for my old job so I could beat them to the punch and avoid having an involuntary termination listed on my resume.

Yesterday, I went into the office with all the equipment I used to perform my job at home, walked into my boss' office, and told him in a tone of voice that offered no contest that I quit. I set my box of computer equipment on his desk, handed him my resignation letter, turned on my heel, and left the building. I was in there for less than a minute, and it was one of the best moments in recent memory. My satisfaction with that job had decreased severely, to the point where I literally dreamed of what I would say when I would finally get a chance to quit.

I start my new job on Monday. I won't be working from home anymore, but I think that is a good thing for now. Obviously, with a marked decrease in the time spent at my desk, you'll probably see slightly less of me around the Interwebs, but I'll try my hardest to keep up. This blog has become very important to me, and I don't want to lose that... which brings me to my next subject.

On Monday, I was featured on the Blogger-run blog called Blogs of Note. If you are unfamiliar with it, Blogger features one noteworthy blog per week-day. These blogs are about anything, you name it, it's been featured (pretty much). Now, I didn't get a write up at all, just my blog name and URL, but that was enough for me. I'm stoked that I got mentioned, and I look forward to meeting and getting to know all the new visitors I've had in the past few days.

And now, on to the real part of this post...


Okay, quick show of hands: How many of you (that celebrate Christmas, of course) still have presents to wrap?

That many of you... Wow. Glad to see I'm not alone, because now I don't feel so bad. Procrastination is an art, and I've got it down to a science.

To some, the holidays wouldn't really be complete without the mad dash to get everything done at the absolute last possible minute. But me, though? I think it would be really nice to just get this shit done with already. And so, I've come up with a way to save your ass.

For the first time in BAG history, I've made a video with myself in it. To be truthful, all you can see of me are my arms and hands, but you can hear my voice! And see my desk! Seeing me isn't the point of the video, though. It's not a spectacular video, but it is what it is. In the clip below, I present to you a simple gift-wrapping technique that is quick and easy, and uses only four pieces of tape.


Granted, this technique does take a little practice, but it's a fast and simple way to wrap presents. I realize that it's not a particularly "badass" skill to have, much less to display to others, but it's better than knitting or baton twirling, I guess. I learned this technique from the gift wrapping booth that my high school band association ran every winter. It was a huge fundraiser for us, and I had no choice but to learn how to wrap quickly and efficiently.

After making the video and uploading it, I found out that there are tons of other videos out there that show you how to wrap presents. I know you'll all watch mine instead, though, right?

Hope it helps!


f8hasit said...

Congratualtions on your Blog of Note! It's interesting, isn't it, to see the flux of people swarming the site...
Very cool.

I once had a Christmas job wrapping presents at a mall. All my gifts that year went completely unwrapped. My fingers were just too tender to manage any more...

The Peach Tart said...

Merry Christmas to you and the boss. Enjoy your holidays.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Wow - lots of great stuff happening to you. Congrats on being a blog of note and the new job.

I have to ask, weren't you curious about the Tuesday meeting your old boss arranged for you? Also what did your boss say when you quit? Quitting is a freeing experience.

Moonspun said...

Oh, is your new job as a gift wrapper???? :-)
What a great New England/Maine accent you have and of course you know I say that with Yankee pride. Good for you for quitting your job...I assume at some point we will hear about the new one???
And and yea for the Blog of Note!

The Good Cook said...

Congrat's on the new job AND Blog of Note (I have Blog of Note envy).. on another note, please tell me that's NOT the paper you use for Xmas gifts? That would be awful.

Alex said...

I'm glad you got on blog of note or I would have never stumbled across your blog! When does the novel you worked on for the 50,000 word/month project thing get posted?

blessingsgoddess said...

Well done on Blogs of Note !

Jet said...

Your blog is very nice :) .I really like it !
Merry X'mas !

Welcome to my website : This is a website where have a lot of beautiful wallpapers . Especially , all free !!!!

Logical Libby said...

My problem isn't with the tape, it's with cutting the paper to the right size. Then I am left with all of these half size, funky pieces of paper from trying to get one piece just right. Really, it's not even funny.

Good luck with the job!

Deb Thaxton said...

-->Congrats on the blogs of note! Your accent is definitely obvious compared to what I hear in Virginia.

T~ said...

I'm glad to see a Mainer on the Blogs of Note list. Yes I'm a new reader of yours since finding your blog on the list. Thanks for sharing with us. :-)

Melanie's Randomness said...

*Raising my hand* I still have presents to wrap. I am a very challenged engineer who can't wrap presents. OMG i love your video. "Tape that bitch down". I will be using your video as a tutorial later.

Congrats on the new job. I need to do a similar thing come the first of the year as I got a job offer this morning. Your motivating!!

Congrats to on the Blog of note!!! Merry almost Christmas!!

Kat said...

Congrats on EVERYTHING!! Merry Christmas!!

Jeanine said...

New follower. :) Nice blog, however I so beat you with present wrapping. I actually use three pieces of tape. :P

R y ! (: said...

Congrats on the Blogs of Note! That's how I found your blog and I've read about 30 of your posts so far o_O Mildly amusing (: Hope your new job works our for you! Merry Almost Christmas!

-Yours Truly
Ry (:

carissajaded said...

Congrats on taking that job and shoving it, and also for being a blog of note, you deserve it!!

Also I am glad I have you to teach me how to wrap. I can teach you how to rap in return if you would like... but probably not. Merry Christmas!

Natalie said...

I loathe wrapping presents. I'm a big fan of the gift bag and tissue paper combo.

Mrs Soup said...

CONGRATS ON THE NEW JOB! May you have many many years of happiness!

I'll be wrapping tonight...and I actually use that same technique already. Woohoo!

Technogran said...

Good video and well explained. How do they choose blogs of note? Just wondering. Good luck with the new job!

Chibi Jeebs said...

Congrats once again on both the new job & the nod from Blogger. I'm glad you'll be doing something that will make life a little more bearable, even if you'll be terribly missed around Teh Intarwebz. :)

Ms Amanda said...

I have no idea how they pick Blogs of Note, but I'm glad they picked yours! I have been cracking up reading your posts! You are a talented writer/storyteller. And kinda badass even with the gift wrapping ;)

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Maureen said...

Ha! Great vid! And congrats on your Blog of Note!!!!


And now that the holidays are here, I hope to visit more, since for some reason, your blog is blocked at work :(

Happy Holidays BAG!!!!

James said...

Nice blog, as a bit of a geek my blog is here:

Stephanie said...

I am one of your new readers, thanks to Blogs of Notes, and am I thoroughly enjoying it! Thank you for entertaining and informing me over the past... 13 hours. :O) (I did sleep during that time, BTW.)

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

I'm curious why your old boss wanted you to come into the office - did you find out why?

Glad I discovered you via Blogs of Note!

Rebecca Knight said...

Congrats on the blog love and on the new job!! :D Sounds like you are having a pretty awesome week, my friend.

Merry Christmas!

XJemX said...

Hey! im loving your blog!!! its awesome, its actually helping me survive being snowed in here in london! found you through blogs of note, and its really intresting reading your blog!!
Keep it up, Merry Christmas!!

MHD said...


from a geeky teenager, you don't actually have to tape the wrapping paper to the box. just hold it there and then you only need 3 bits of tape. saves a whole roll if you have a big family. i end up wrapping my own presents because no one else seems to understand how to wrap up a DVD.

don't mean to be a party pooper, but your blog is still cool XD

Jyo said...

Congrats on the new job!

good luck with all of the wrapping!!!

also, i never wrap presnts, i buy those little bags and stick my presents in those(which, therefore, saves all 4 pices of tape!)

In Real Life said...

Congratulations on being a blog of note, and congratulations on the new job! Thank you for the gift wrapping video, I didn't know about how to camouflage the seam on the edge like that.

Mrs. B said...

Congratuations on getting Blog of Note and on the new job! Those are some awesome Christmas gifts.

Feral Female said...

Merry Christmas and congrats on the new job! I did find you from the Blog of Note and I`m glad I did! =)

{Anna} said...

Wow. You didn't even use pretty wrapping paper? That's just depressing.
Any who, good luck at the new job. c:

FREEALM said...

Interesting read, keep up the good work :)

Anonymous said...







Scholar Spartan said...

Isn't it liberating to dump a job before the company dumps you? I liked reading the part where you "turned on your heels"!!

Congrats on your new employment AND for gaining Blog of Note (it's how I found you)


homemadegymstuff said...

I guess with the 'blog of note' you've got it all wrapped-up.

Congrats on the new job & all the best!

alntv said...

COngrats on the new job! Sounds like it came along at just the perfect time. As for the gift wrapping...well...let's just say that my wife prefers that SHE does a majority of that...LOL

Badass Geek said...

F8hasit: I know that feeling well.

The Peach Tart: Same to you!

Little Ms Blogger: I was curious about what it was about, but not enough to want to hang around to find out.

Moonspun: I didn't think I had an accent, but I guess that's what everyone says. =)

The Good Cook: We use it sometimes, yes. We normally finish it off with twine or packing rope to make it look old-fashioned.

Alex: It probably won't be posted in it's entirety, but I do plan on posting an excerpt of it soon.

BlessingsGoddess: Thank you!

Jet: Thank you kindly.

Logical Libby: Getting the right size piece of paper is difficult. Just cut off a piece that is enough to cover it on it's longest side, and you'll be all set.

Deb Thaxton: Good to know! I guess I don't notice it.

T~: Thank you for stopping by!

Melanie's Randomness: I hope your new job works out, too! It's exciting, isn't it?

Kat: Thank you! You, too!

Jeanine: I've done the three pieces of tape, too, but when it all comes down to it, that extra piece makes it so much easier.

R y: Mildly amusing? That's nice.

CarissaJaded: Hey, I'll never turn down a chance to learn a new skill.

Natalie: That works, too.

Mrs Soup: Thank you!

Technogran: I'm not sure how they chose it. I'm guessing they have someone who is responsible for choosing it, so it's not random. Check out their site for more info.

Chibi Jeebs: I will miss the constant Internet, but it will be good for me, I think. You know, leaving the house every day instead of only once or twice a week.

Ms Amanda: Thank you! I hope you stick around!

DNAcinema: Uh... thank you?

Maureen: Thanks, you too!

James: Thanks, James.

Stephanie: Good. I wouldn't want to be responsible for your sleep deprivation. =)

Lynn: I didn't find out why, and I'm fine with that.

Rebecca Knight: It has been a pretty good week.

XJemX: Thanks! I hope you come back soon!

MHD: This I know, but that extra piece of tape makes it easier.

Jyo: True enough.

In Real Life: Like Robert Frost, I think it makes all the difference.

Mrs. B: They are indeed.

Feral Female: I'm glad you did, too. Come back soon!

{Anna}: This was just an example.

FREEALM: I will do my best.

Anonymous: Ah, gibberish.

Scholar Spartan: One of the guys who sat in a cubicle near my old boss' office gave me a thumbs up as I left. It was pretty sweet.

Homemadegymstuff: I suppose I do. Thank you.

Alntv: My wife prefers that I do the wrapping. I suppose I shouldn't have boasted my talents that first year.

Dylan Murphy said...

The key to gift wrapping: Buying gifts at stores where they do it for you.

Anonymous said...

festive paper, Mike ;)
Happy Holidays to you and The Boss

Cocoa said...

I may try this one in the future, if I didn't just hand stuff over or have amazon do it for me.

sn0tty said...

Merry Christmas, yo. Nice to see you got on Blogs of Note - I always wanted to be featured on that, but alas. :) You deserve it!

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Roshni said...

Hey! Congrats on the new job...I came across your blog after seeing it in the blog of note. Now, I don't celebrate Christmas since I am a Hindu, but the season spirit has hit me and I plan to give gifts to friends anyway. Will try your technique. Good luck on the job and happy writing! :)

Lola said...

Congrats on the new job, man!!! I hope it's exactly what you wanted.

Oh, and I'll take you on in a gift wrapping contest any day. Where the hell was the bow?

Belle said...

Wow Lotta comments....

Howdy! I'm a new follower, I LOVE your blog. My friends are already sick of me pasting links going "READ IT - TIS HILARIOUS!".

You give me a smile when the days are slow.

Look forward to read more.

LilSass said...

YAY for the new job!!!

More importantly - it was awesome to hear your voice on your video. You know what I noticed right away? Your BADASS MAC (luckyyyy) and that you wear your wedding ring on your middle finger. What's that about?

Aunt Juicebox said...

I'm so impressed, and happy for you! Congrats!!!
And I can wrap a prezzie using only 2 pieces of tape.

Kaylen said...

I'm so jealous! I want to be a blogger of note! I think I have to actually write something noteworthy first though...

I watched the video though I consider myself an expert wrapper already. I just wanted to hear your voice. :)

Mom said...

Wow lots of comments and I am behind the times in wishing you congratulations on getting out of a bad job in excellent style. Nothing will drag you down and ruin your health more than a job with no positive aspects. I hope the next one is much better.

Otterboyy said...

Well I found your blog from the "Blogger of Note" and I've got to say I enjoy it!

Hello from one fellow geek to another!

Nej said...

Holy crap dude....Blogger of Note...that's awesome!!!!

I once wrapped a gift for my uncle using an entire roll of duct tape...then I spray painted my car tires black, and ran over the duct tape wrapped gift so there was tire tread on it. There was really no reason for was just something that sounded fun to do. :-)

Amber Page Writes said...

Congrats on everything! As you can see, I'm a little behind here...hope the job is great!

Amy said...

Whoa, sorry I'm so behind badass!

First, congrats on the new job. I am both happy for you and insanely jealous! I fantasize about walking out of my job and onto something better one day.

Hope you and the Boss had a great Christmas and new year! Good luck with your new job:)

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