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Unexpected embarrassment
I was really happy to see djmrswhite milling around the McGift Shop in the lobby of the Arclight Theaters in Hollywood while I was waiting for my colleagues to show up for our network’s private screening of our upcoming blue-chip series for the mothership channel. We talked about world hunger, America’s Next Top Model, and the woeful difficulties of parents, and while he was sentenced to see The Guardian to review, I had to go out to the gathering throng and make nice face.

Luckily I found garycotti right away and made him my anchor for the night. I saw our CEO, a handsome woman with Beltway aspirations, standing there looking lost in Hollywood, and I went to her to introduce myself. She smiled, distractedly pushing her hair from her face and looked the other way, over my shoulder into the distance of something that just had to be more interesting than my party talk.

The audience reacted well to the visually stunning footage, and when the lights came up in the theater, we were all herded up to the party on the roof of the parking structure. An igloo-like dome had the outlines of various countries on it and a round aborigine played the didgeridoo in the center of the giant circular bar. I overheard one woman proclaim that he looked as if he came from Central Casting,

A publicist from our mothership channel slid up to me asking if I would approach the star of one of our shows to see if he’d be up for a photo-op with our CEO. I was talking to Bruce and Chris, two friends who’d come to the screening, and I didn’t really feel like working a stranger, but I was at a company event acting like a company man.

“Chip is right over there in the green-checked shirt.” His head nodded toward a crowded couch of people. I’d never met Chip, hadn’t even watched his show, and I pondered why this short nervous publicist was asking me to do his job of securing press photos.

I walked over to the couch, interrupted his conversation, and introduced myself. When I suggested that our CEO would like her picture taken with him, he graciously stood and followed me over to the photographer and our leader lady.

“Chip, this is Judith. Judith, this is Chip.” I was all fake-smiley until I saw the big boss look at me as if I had a booger, and then I heard “Chip” say, “No, I’m Chris. The other guy on the show.”

The smile stayed although my face grew red as I apologized and backed away slowly when the flashes started. I found the publicist, stood three inches from his face, and said, ”You made me look like a fucking moron. That wasn’t Chip, you stupid fuck, and don’t ever ask me for anything again” His apologies faded as I left him behind.

I walked around the party looking for his boss, but couldn’t find her. The food was good, but too small to make a meal. I was hungry and tired and embarrassed, and I had the dogs in the car. After I made a round of goodbyes, I saddled myself behind the wheel where Stephen and Eddie tongued me while wiggling themselves silly, and after a stop for a Spicy Chicken Jack with Cheese, I sat in front of my TV, in my underwear, and ate while watching Studio 60, longing to work at a real television network.


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reddish68 From: reddish68 Date: September 26th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry--that sounds like it sucked. Are you liking Studio 60? I saw it last night, and am interested to talk about it with someone. For some reason the show started ooking me out.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: September 26th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Let's talk tonight! I love the show.
creactivity From: creactivity Date: September 27th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Studio 60 felt kinda preachy to me.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: September 27th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
More smug than preachy for me, but I love the writing and characters, so far.
zodmicrobe From: zodmicrobe Date: September 27th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
1) garycotti is tha anchor for us all.

2) i really like studio 60.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: September 27th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gary can talk to anybody. He's a great sidearm.
ubermunkey From: ubermunkey Date: September 27th, 2006 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Ok you win, your shit day was bigger than mine.

Sorry to read it bub!

guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: September 27th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait! I gotta go read about your shit day.
ubermunkey From: ubermunkey Date: September 28th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't write about it. It had to do with emotional outbursts and gently directing employees to go find work somewhere else.
It had to do with shit customers, and losing deposit base, cause I just ain't willing to put up with shit anymore.

Nuttin like yours darlin.

guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: September 28th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Mine was kind of fun bad. Yours was just bad bad.

Did you actually have to fire someone? That sucks.

Sorry, bub. You take care of yourself. I mean it.
ubermunkey From: ubermunkey Date: September 28th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I've not fired her yet. She got the chat! The one that starts out, "how do you like working here?" after a bit of an opener I then ask "where are you on your goals this month?" that is where it went to hell. lol.

I've built this branch over the course of 15 months, I won't / can't tollerate indifference. I don't do the whole lackluster putting in my time bullshit, so my people better not either. She has till Thursday to figure out what she'd like to do. If she stays and doesn't meet goals she'll be jobless by November. If she says she wants to go back to more of an admin type situation she'll leave next week.

It was good experience for my assistant to deal with, but it's one bit of change I don't enjoy.

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guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: September 27th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
How was the craft services? That's the only thing that matters on the set, right?
From: garycotti Date: September 27th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lets start a new Nickelodeon series called "That's So Graham." Please.
yieldsigns From: yieldsigns Date: September 27th, 2006 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I fucking love you. Hahaha.

As for the embarrassment, :(
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: September 27th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Embarrassment is an all too familiar feeling.
From: garycotti Date: September 27th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: September 27th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
From: garycotti Date: September 27th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
no such thing.
uberdionysus From: uberdionysus Date: September 27th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the way you handled the fubar.

And I'm kind of out of it; what's Studio 60?
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: September 27th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Studio 60 is Aaron Sorkin's (The West Wing creator/writer and famous crack addict) new show that's about behind-the-scenes at an SNL-type show. It's tanking in the ratings, but the network will likely keep it around for prestige.
From: bookbear Date: September 27th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, what an inside glimpse. Hey boss, I finally added you to my list. Sorry of sorries for not doign it sooner.

Man, I felt uncomfortabel for you, reading this.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: September 27th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey. Glad you finally hopped on board my train.
littlezen From: littlezen Date: October 1st, 2006 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)
You handled that much better than I would have. I would have wanted to throttle stupid puclicist fuck. And I would have been hard pressed to stop myself.
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