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Calgon, Take Me Away!

By Wyatt Earp | December 28, 2005

You are detectives. Go and detect.” – Captain Logan, Running Scared

I am so out of my league it’s not funny.

No, I am not referring to the blogging thing (although that can be debated), but more specifically, this detective stuff. Today was the first day in the new division, and although the bosses were good enough to not send any jobs my way, I left with the feeling that a big, dumb guy like myself is ill equipped for the position. The added responsibilities, reams of paperwork, and pressure to perform are a little humbling.

Basically, I’m screwed.

Of course, there is still a venue where I am not out of my league: the venue of Caption Contests. I won GOP and College’s Caption Contest, and took two out of the top ten spots (8th and 3rd) in GOP and the City’s Weekend Caption Contest. Now, if I can only find a way to get paid by doing that . . .

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12 Responses to “Calgon, Take Me Away!”

  1. rt Says:
    December 28th, 2005 at 9:41 pm

    You’ll be fine. This is what I ask/tell my students about my content area when I get them at the beginning of the year. Did you walk out on the playing field for the first time and know everything there was about your sport? Did you ever know anything in a short period of time? NO! You have to learn the “ins” and “outs” and develop strategies for your strengths and weaknesses. Remember to ask for help, run ideas by the grizzled ones, and take a deep breath. Heck…feeling ill equipped to do something means you will care to do the right job and always work on your skills. Could be worse. You could have been elected to mayor an not know what you were doing…oh wait, someone has–for the past upteen (almost 16 years…oops forgot to include Goode). Good luck…you’ll be fine.:) (Sorry to be so long-winded this evening.)

  2. Rachel Says:
    December 28th, 2005 at 10:55 pm

    This is the nature of promoting, I guess. You leave your “comfort zone” behind (although your last gig wasn’t very comfortable) and put it all on the line. I did it about a year and a half ago and at least the days of feeling like it was a mistake are now few and far between. I still get them though, so the next time I claim to know everything, feel free to remind me of this. ;)

  3. The Conservative UAW Guy Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 3:01 am


  4. SK Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 11:14 am

    If you walked in feeling like you know everything and have it all under control…that would make you an arogant ass:) It scares us all, but this proves that you’re normal!

    Oh Yeah CUG….he said hor…read it myself:)

  5. The Anti-Hippie Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 11:50 am

    You won’t have a problem. You’ll feel sorta lost for two weeks, then you’ll have it all under control.

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 3:32 pm

    RT – We’ll see. I’m not so confident. Luckily, my squad seems pretty helpful. I’ll know for sure on Saturday.

    Rach – Yeah, comfortable is good. Uncomfortable and filled with doubt? Not so good.

    CUG – Yeah, that’s right. I wanted to give you the dictionary definition (as well as its phoenitical sound). Duh!

    SK – Arrogant ass? I’m not arrogant! :)

    Anti-Hippie – The two weeks are what worry me.

  7. Dr. Phat Tony Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 5:07 pm

    ahh…just go ahead and quit you big sissy. Come on it’s to hard. Go back to writing tickets and driving the wagon.

    did that motivate you?

  8. linda Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 7:28 pm

    I think DPT is on to something!

  9. Uber Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 8:44 pm

    Aw, it’ll all be good. This is just like that time I decided I wanted to be a chef and they were desperate for someone so took my “Um…sure” as gold when asked if I could actually cook. People were really mean to me because the food sucked for weeks, and then I quit after about one year of constant abuse…but I was the best chef they’d ever had at some point between those first weeks and quitting (the last woman had a drug problem though).
    Ok, so maybe it’s not just like this.

    Good luck with all that though, you’ll be great! ;)

  10. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 10:33 pm

    Doc – Actually, yes. Weenie.

    Lin – SHUT IT!

    Uber – You were hired because you wore that Santa outfit you posted on your site to the job interview! :) Thanx for the confidence, though.

  11. miriam Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 11:03 pm

    A new job is always stressful. You’re smart–you’ll do fine, better than fine.

  12. GunnNutt Says:
    December 30th, 2005 at 1:11 am

    What happens Saturday? Is that when you’ll be issued your pipe, magnifying glass and deer stalker cap?