Friday, November 11, 2011

I Am Not a Resource

I haven't posted in quite a while. [CHOOSE YOUR EXCUSE HERE.]

But I am motivated to write for three reasons.

First, Amazon reminded me I haven't posted in forever and they'll dump my blog from Kindle availability if I don't. It's not that Amazon is threatening or foreboding; they just make a good point. The fact that they charge a monthly fee for blog subscriptions is stupid, and it's why I have no Amazon subscribers, including myself. I would actually pay a fee to Amazon to offer my blog through the Whispernet and not pass it along to readers. I'll recommend it and see where it goes.

Second, my friend and wonderful artist, Katayoon Zandvakili, @KatZandvakili publicly threw down the gauntlet and challenged me to have something posted by Friday. OK, in all honesty she sweetly said "if you post your blogs, I'll post too!" I'll be checking her blog tonight whilst enjoying Keith Morrison's contradictory storybook-style narration of a triple murder on NBC's Dateline.

Third, I nominated myself for Baltimore's Mobbies awards. Not this blog because it's been too quiet here -- and I'll hope for a nomination next year by someone other than myself because this thing is rocking -- but I did nominate my personal Twitter account, because I am very active enough on that, and bust out jokes that make me laugh.

Fourth, I actually have something to say. And I apologize for misleading you with suggesting there were only three reasons. Oh dear. I apologize again, because I didn't suggest or infer but indeed actually stated there were "three reasons."

So what DO I have to say? Simply this...

Dear corporate world: I am not a resource. I am not human capital. I am a human fucking being. When discussing "Who's gonna do this work?", please refer to me, and my fellow human beings, as "people."

How hard would that be? Not very.

I wanted to say "Dear whorporate world" but realized since I grab the cash off the nightstand every other Friday, the whore is me.


Katayoon Zandvakili said...

Dear Mike,

Wonderful, witty and inspiring, as always. I'm still laughing at "Dear Whoreporate." You reminded me of my corporate days (not as many as some perhaps, but more than others) and one particular Brazilian colleague who used to say, "But I'm a tax-paying human being..." How important that middle part turned out to be!

I will nominate you for the Mobbies or whatever else on Amazon and Kindle, from here to eternity. Just keep being you! And writing....

Thank you for the gracious mention too, I am humbled.
I had a blog in hand, per our twitter um deal, and thought it was basically there. It is/was about my dog killing a bird. But I'd much rather post about letting go. So, I have till midnight, right? (Thank God for the time difference.) On it,

Kat with great affection and respect

Mike said...

You have plenty of time, Kat! And, as always, thank you for your kind words. And motivational push!

Cheers! ~Mike