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Monday, November 06, 2006

Why Editors Go Freelance

Because they're tired of learning from the babysitter what milestones their child reaches each day while they are away at the office.

Because jerks on Manhattan subways have no problem elbowing hugely pregnant passengers in the uterus just so more sardines can be packed into the car.

Because they want to breastfeed their baby and they know from experience that despite giving lip service to the idea, most U.S. workplaces are not motherhood-friendly.

Because if they have to wear pantyhose one more time, they're going to hunt down its inventor and wrap a pair way too tightly around his or her head.

Because if they have to sit through one more excruciatingly dull and political office meeting that eats up all of their productive time, they're going to climb up on the conference table and announce, loudly, that this is all a colossally stupid waste of time and everyone should just grow up.

Because fancy, expensive clothes are in no way an accurate indicator of the wearer's job competence.

Because monthly round-trip commuter train tickets from their zone to Manhattan cost $315.00, and their job at a publishing house doesn't pay what they're worth, even after lots of years in the business.

Because they'd much rather get a juicy, messy kiss on the cheek from their toddler while they work than dodge the barbs of office politics.

Because cats aren't allowed in cubicles.

Because cubicles make them claustrophobic.

Because client gratitude is so much more pleasant than getting tips from the boss on how they can do their job better.

Because they'd rather work than endure colleagues hanging out at their cubicle to gossip.

Because they want respect for all their years of experience instead of having to practically beg for promotions and raises.




3 comments:

JasmineAbsolute said...

Because they would rather work at home, where they know what cleaning products have been used (and when and where), than come home every day with headaches, runny noses, rashes, and other symptoms of environmental allergies.

Because they want to care for their health with home cooked meals and lunchtime yoga, instead of food on the fly and rushed visits with doctors.

Because they want to be socialable at the end of the day, instead of draining their social skills at work.

Because they want a smorgasbord of projects -- after all, variety is the spice of life.

Katharine said...

Excellent, JasmineAbsolute!

How about the rest of you?

The Pied Piper said...

Amen to that Katherine!

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