Thursday, November 12, 2009

Work Sucks. Life Doesn't Have To.

I just finished reading Happy Hour is For Amateurs by The Philadelphia Lawyer. I have to tell you how much I LOVED THIS BOOK!

I was nervous when I saw the blurb from Tucker Max on the cover because Tucker Max is a vile, disgusting a$$hole and he's proud of it. I'm not easily offended, hell, most of my close friends are guys who can be really gross, I'm a little embarrassed to even admit I read "I Hope They Serve ...." Don't be scared though, The Philadelphia Lawyer isn't another Tucker Max.

"Happy Hour is for Amateurs" is a brutally honest account of what it feels like to be trapped in a job you hate, selling your soul and toiling away in the dirty vineyards of the law just for the big paycheck. If you've never slaved away years in a concrete box of a big city law firm I'm not sure you will truly appreciate this book.

"Happy Hour" explains why the majority of people working in the legal profession use sex, drugs and rock and roll (and lots of alcohol) to help numb the pain of having to go to the office every single day.

It was the perfect book for me to read in my final days of an 11+ year stint working for miserable SOB litigators. The Philadelphia Lawyer reinforced the fact that I'm lucky to be getting out. I don't have a book deal or any job prospects but I'm praying I'll never have to go back to the soul sucking practice ever again. I'm going to have to keep this book on my shelf to read again in case I ever think of working for lawyers again.

I've only got 1 week and 1 day to go but it feels like an eternity. I hope I can hold out and resist the strong urge I have to stab my pen in Dick's eye. I'd would want to kick him in the balls too if he had any.


  1. Oh my god, I am so happy for you that you're getting out of there.

    I work in PR for government. They're all a bunch of lying asshole egotistical fuckwad crybabys - and that doesn't even begin to cover how I feel about most of the ppl I work with and for.

    Funny thing is, I'm a pretty happy person and I generally like ppl- alot! But this last job has been a constant source of stress and anxiety and it's gonna take a new job and some time to work through all of it.

    So it's good to know someone else is getting out of their hellish situation!

  2. Hi. I really admire you for having stuck it out as long as you have. I hope you find something that will make you happy.

    Many years ago I suffered a stressful work situation with people whose mission in life seemed to be making other people feel bad. I don't think it's the type of work that's important per se but the people we work with.

    I hope you're luckier in your next job. And a heartfelt thanks for your support esp when you are having a tough time yourself. I really appreciate it.

    Best wishes,
    Bearfriend xx

  3. I'm sorry to hear they're giving you the shaft, but I'm glad you'll be getting out of there. Toxic work environments are beyond awful: they infiltrate EVERY aspect of our lives, making it damn near impossible to find joy in anything (at least, that's been MY experience... lol). TONS of luck to you in your future endeavours! :)

  4. Wow, I'm happy for you but also know exactly how you feel.

    Don't worry--the right thing will come along. You just have to take it one day at a time (believe me, I know of what I speak ;)

    Be patient and happy that you are leaving a bad situation for something that can only be so much better!

  5. Brooke: I hope you can get out of your workday hell soon too. I can't believe it has taken me 11+ years.

    Friend: I'll actually miss some of the staff. We've suffered through so much together. I'm hoping I won't have to look at a lawyer in my next job. I'll always be here to support you no matter what is going on with my life. I hope you have a good week.

    Chibi Jeebs: This job definitely infiltrated the rest of my life to the point I was constantly b*tching about it. I can't wait for the b*tchfest to end.

    Manuela: I'm excited to find the next thing after taking some time off to de-stress and get my mind back in the working game.

    I really appreciate all the support. Time to suck it up and go to the office for my LAST Monday. ;)


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