Soon, soon, I shall have a broom!

The best analogy I can think of is that I don’t have a broom.

It’s like I was hired to sweep the floor and the boss says, “Okay, we want you to sweep this floor. But we don’t have an extra broom, so do the best you can.”

So I go along my merry way, using the side of my hand an a piece of 8.5 X 11 paper (with the company logo) as a dust pan.

At first, my co-sweepers admire my determination.

“Wow, look what a good job Gazelle is doing sweeping the floor without a broom. She’s amazing. She’s catching on so quickly!”

A month or two go by and I start feeling like I’m not really contributing. The floor is huge and I’ve cleared only a small, 4 X 4 square of it. It takes me five times longer than my co-sweepers to clear the same space.

“Boss, I wonder whether I’m really doing much good here. I know you don’t have any extra brooms, so could you maybe send me to a training class so I can learn to make my own broom?”

“Wow Gazelle, you really feel that way? But you really do contribute! Shoot, I’d rather have one employee with your can-do attitude and sunny disposition than ten employees with brooms…”

“Besides, we have no money in the budget.”

Time churns on, months go by, I’m doing the best I can.
Then, after a stressful day, my co-sweeper yells at me.

“I don’t have time to answer your questions. I have more sweeping than I can handle!”

I talk to the boss, who admits that this co-sweeper has been complaining about the job I’m doing with my sweeping. Then he drops the bombshell: All of my co-workers have extra brooms! Extra brooms that they won’t share with me because they want the boss to think they’re the only ones who can sweep well! The boss doesn’t know how to get them to loan me their extra brooms. He can’t send me to class to learn how to make my own broom. He can’t give me the coveted Baseboard Duster position and so basically, he gives up.

Well, dear Dopers, I have news. Soon, soon, I shall have a broom!

In mid-October, I got an interview.

Today, I got the job.

Shoot, it’s better than a broom! It’s a riding vacuum cleaner, for God’s sake! w00t!

WTG GAZELLE! I was following your thread with great interest and I’m very happy for you. I hope the job is everything you’ve hoped it would be. :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

CONGRATS!!! :slight_smile: w00t! :cool: WTG! :D:D:D:D:D

Congrats on the riding vac, Gazelle! I hate to be a potential party pooper, but you did check the electricity at the outlet, didn’t you?

HOLY CRAP!!! I am so happy for you!!! I am not a regular poster - but a regular lurker - and have been checking up on this and keeping good thoughts!



(I’m not sure I followed the metaphor, but I surely understood this: “I got the job.”)

I am soooooo happy for you. Your patience has been rewarded. Did they ever give you a reason as to why it took them so long?

Again. Congratulations. I’m breaking out that bottle of champagne I’ve been keeping on ice just for this occasion. Hooray!!

:: Pop! Fizz! Aaahhhhh. ::

By the way, it’s a good thing you took the advice of other Dopers to infuse a little more enthusiasm into your email than what I had suggested. Just goes to show that sometimes middle-aged male executives like me can tend to be a bit stuffy (even though I wear costumes at work on Halloween). :slight_smile:

Oh, man, thank heavens you finally found out!!

That’s great. I hope that it turns out to be as great as it seems.

WAHOO!!! Many congrats! :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

<tossing confetti with wild and reckless abandon>

You guys are so wonderful.

Thank you for all the support, good vibes, theories and humor. I lubs you all.

The manager called and said, “I’m sorry this has taken so long but the company has made some new acquisitions and due to politics, I couldn’t offer you the job until today.”

Looks like I start on December 1!

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!

I saw your thread title, and even though I’m a little dense and didn’t pickit up from that, I was hoping you’d got it!


(and I’m glad you didn’t listen to my enthusiasm advice either - apparently youngish female lower management-type people can be a little stuffy too)

I wonder what those other emplyees can do with their extra brooms?



Yay, Gazelle!

I, too, have been reading the ongoing saga. Yay for new jobs!

happy dance

Oh yay!! <<clapping>> Yippee!!

I’m so happy for you! I’ve been following along as well.


Congrats, Gazelle!

From a fellow Minnesnowta Doper, it’s good to hear that there are still jobs worth getting excited about.

Can Salem uncross his/her eyes now?

I’m so excited for you!!! Congratz on your new job and good luck!

Gzalele!!! Wait a second, I can uncross everything now, right?
Congratulations!!! That is just wonderful, great, terrific, happy, happy news!!! and not a moment too soon, I really need to pee and my eyse mya nevre be the saem
Go sweep 'em right under the rug!

(I’m a her, Doebi, and thanks for your concern :))

Thank God for that.
I can now stop checking the Interview thread with creeping anticipation and typing URL’s with me fingers crossed.
Well Done You !

Just love when good things happen to good folks.
You must be delighted