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Gravity’s kiss

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2017 by MISANTHROPIST

Well a lot has happened since I last updated and what goes up must, inevitably, come down. So here I am. I was quite happy where I was until things went tits up, I think I’ll begin with the job as it seems like a great way to start. Let’s just say I’m not working there anymore on principal. You don’t pay me I don’t work, I think I was fair and patient with my employer. I just have one question: How stupid are you if you attempt to screw over the guy that earns your business money, trains the newbies, deals with admin and IT?

The answer to that is: A couple grand short. It was a simple thing really, I work and you pay me. I was lead to believe employment had worked like that for a while now. To be honest the employers loss of money and reputation wasn’t worth the silly amount of money she refused to pay me (half of my wages) now she has lost more than triple that amount in clients and I’ve called my old co-workers in the same industry and informed them of the situation so nobody with any useful experience will work for her.

Other than that I’ve locked my computer and all files are encrypted so it’ll take her a while to recover that information. I also uncovered some illegal activity that would likely have my ex employer sent down for fraud. Beyond that I could call her place of worship and inform them of a few big no-no’s which would likely lead to her religion’s version of being excommunicated. I haven’t done these last two because despite my anger at her I am not a sociopath. Crippling her business is enough. 

Other than that I took two parting gifts. The list of our business partners and the administrative passwords for all business accounts except the banking information. I don’t want to touch that with a barge pole. That’s the thing when you let people assume you are benign, they feel safe. They don’t realise you’re watching, listening and putting the pieces together. Doesn’t help when your OPSEC is like wet cardboard. All going well I will go into business with those partners I previously spoke of because in this particular industry I have a reputation.

If I’m feeling particularly malicious I may inform those partners that my boss has been very dishonest and effectively destroy their business relationship. Until then I’m looking to make some fast money, nothing illegal but just enough to get by. This particular even and a few more are the reasons I haven’t posted here in many months, then again by now any regular reader is probably used to this behaviour, something I have apologised for on many occasions now.

Back to my employer for a moment, if she thought I was stupid and that I trusted her for a second then she underestimated me greatly. Her mistake. This is business and you don’t get anything for free, if you try to screw a partner then you deal with the consequences of such actions. If anything losing thousands is getting off lightly.

Some of you may be wondering if doing something like I have done will get me blacklisted in some way, it won’t. The simple reason for this is she has committed a crime. If she blacklists me in any way I will blacklist her life and I’ve made it abdundantly clear to my her.

I’d continue from here but I think each of these events warrants a separate post…

-Misanthropist 

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Office lunch.

Posted in Business, Misanthropy, Work with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2017 by MISANTHROPIST


Recently someone close to me had a problem with her co-workers, she works in the event industry. And an event was what reminded her that these are her colleagues and not her friends. I’d still consider myself a misanthrope even after becoming a more social animal.

Recent events have reminded me the same, that these are co-workers and not my friends. I enjoy working with them and like them but our relationship is strictly professional. I’ll go out for a meal with them but that’s as far as it will go.

We sit around a glass table to eat, relaxing on the office chairs and  sofa talking. Or we go out to eat, the boss has purchased my lunch quite a bit which is nice of her but again this likely stems from the fact that I’m making money. 

We’ve worked together previously but I doubt that counts for much. I knew the other for around five years if we exclude the times when our paths deviated. There’s one less at the glass table now and that opens opportunities.

It still feels like a shark tank at times. There is a level of pressure with deadlines, investigation and obviously paying the rent but it’s an interesting environment. I think I realised that it was what I wanted to do when I instantly stepped back into the shark tank and acclimatised to it. 

The other thing is that I can potentially have a second job should I want it. The sales manager position is still in my name. I’ve told my old boss we would discuss revisions if applicable when he returns from South America. A place I’d like to be. If the price is right I wouldn’t mind working there on weekends. I’ll see how it goes but I’m not sure I need it. 

As we sit around the table, eating and laughing, discussing whatever. I remember I am still at work. Also that I can’t afford to be neutral on a moving train. I quite enjoy working as part of a team, small team but I will never mistake my employer or my co-worker as a friend.

-Misanthropist.

My thoughts, these walls, this night.

Posted in Business, General, Useless information., Work with tags , , , , , , on January 13, 2017 by MISANTHROPIST

I’m not usually awake at this hour anymore, let alone writing and that’s because I sleep like a real person. I’m finally used to being alone and since I began succeeding in my endeavours I’ve slept the sleep of the dead. 

I’m a manager and business co-owner, ain’t life just awful strange? How loss translates into motivation, how I ended up here. Sometimes I think about where I will go from here. I appear to have success in a business environment. 

I’m looking at two pay days in the next month. One final payment  from unemployment and two separate payments related to the job. I should use this extra money wisely. 

In terms of meeting new people it’s been mostly internet based for the moment. I’m selling myself pretty well but how many times must I sell myself before all my pieces are gone. It gets tiring putting the effort into what is likely to amount to nothing. 

Then again I got three relationships and travelled the world as a result of meeting people on the internet so I know it can pay off. It’s a total crapshoot however and you’re likely to go through a lot of people before you find one you connect with and even then nothing is promised.

On an unrelated note it snowed today, it hasn’t snowed here in longer than I can remember. As the snow fell around me I thought of her for a moment. Then I was as cold as the snow falling from the sky. All I can do is learn from my mistakes and never repeat them. 

Today saw me get soaking wet three times then snowed on, my friend waited outside the store for 20 minutes while I was shopping. I have no idea what possessed him to do that but I stopped asking questions a long time ago. It’s a shame it had been raining all day otherwise the snow may have settled.

I’m definitely in a strange place right now in terms of the way I feel about everything. At one point I’m pleased with myself and what progress I have made. Then again of all the things I did fix I couldn’t fix that which truly mattered to me. 

Someone can be your whole world one day and a stranger the next, if life has taught me anything it’s that the futures we plan with the ones we love are not reliable. I’ve planned 3 now so I feel as if I’m speaking from experience. 

All I can do is take action to better myself and my economic situation. This is my first step onto the ladder and there is no way I’m going to let anything mess this up. Especially not being upset about her, I really don’t have time for that. This will be a time of work, focus and learning.

I’ll be applying this to my own businesses one day. Let’s give her something to regret. Nothing will take precedence over looking after myself and becoming successful. Unfortunately my bank balance is more reliable than love. 

I remember thinking you can have money or happiness. I went for love and happiness, it didn’t work out multiple times so now I’m going for money. I don’t need the kind of love where you give up on the other person because things got hard. I don’t need the love of a coward.

When she’s gone I’m left with myself. I began to ask myself logically what she brought to the table and when I examine it, it isn’t much. If I were to pursue another relationship I’d want it to be with an equal. Not a glass rose. 

That is one thing I do miss about the Brazilian. We both shared that fire, both have strong personalities. Had it not gone south we would have been a great couple to this day because we were well suited. Two lions. I have days where I miss that woman.

I have to stop looking back and focus on what is in front. I need to create the rituals for massive fucking success. When I get there I’ll be proud, then I can focus on finding a plus one.

-Misanthropist. 

1 new message.

Posted in Business, women, Work with tags , , , , , , , on January 5, 2017 by MISANTHROPIST


I’m lying there in bed contemplating the last 48 hours and what went down in Liverpool Street when I hear the vibration of a message on my phone. When I first broke up with my ex part of me wanted it to be her saying she’s back…

I’ve thrown myself into the fire and now I’m not sure which woman is messaging me. I know how that sounds but I have a degree of emotional intelligence and respect for women. I’m not going to screw them around. We are friends and there are some sparks but right now is not the time. I do have my favourites however.

It feels strange to have so many women actively interested. 7 so far I think. My ex, when we spoke became interested when I mentioned one of these women is from Norway. Scandinavian rivalry maybe? All I can say is: how’d you like me now. 

I have a bet on with a friend regarding my ex, it’s for about £50. I’m pretty sure I’ll win this. When she next contacts me it’ll be about how she’s met some guy and they’re in love. If that’s the case then I guess our relationship wasn’t so strong in the first place.

If you’re wondering why it seems like I have so little faith, it’s because I’ve seen it happen before. They meet the new guy, get the feelies, it goes wrong and I get a message about them missing me and wanting to come back. Once the door is closed, it is locked and with good reason.

Back to the point: the message read that as well as a part owner of the business I’m also the manager now. Just awaiting a draft of the contract. The other night it hit me that I’ve never been so sad to be successful. I played my ace and won.

You win some and you lose some. I’m surprised sometimes that I have the tenacity to continue. I’ve met people that have truly given up and in part it breaks my heart that someone just gave up. I’ve been told that they’re surprised all this hasn’t had a greater negative impact.

There’s the scars you see and the scars you don’t see. I have enough of both. They’ve made me who I am today and allowed me to succeed where others have failed. I’m made of tougher materials, I am the sum of my experiences.

I’m sitting here now thinking of the newbie I’m going to manage. I don’t know him or her. I want a good relationship with this newbie. They’ll be the Watson to my Sherlock. I guess only time will tell. 

What I do know is that if this kicks off as planned I will not have to worry about money. Just how and where to spend it. 

Look at me. I am your manager now.

-Misanthropist.

Hard ball. 

Posted in Job hunting, Work with tags , , , , , , on November 13, 2016 by MISANTHROPIST

I received a phone call last week from an ex colleague. She was telling me about an opportunity in the way that an MLM might pitch to you. Felt sorry seeing me at a jobcentre and such. Obviously I’m skeptical when someone offers me an ‘amazing opportunity.’

It became clear that it wasn’t her opportunity to offer. Another ex colleague had set up his own company, the same industry and she was offering me this opportunity and not the man himself. That’s enough to make you wonder. I got all the basic information out of her.

I proceed to play hard ball with her after she informs me it’s commission only. I’m not about that life. I told her I would accept 1000pm basic with 80% of the commission states but I was willing to go down to 70%. 

Be advised I’m not a complete asshole. I mentioned that if he salaried me I would help in whatever way I could. Admin etc. Also over time whenever required, paid of course. Saying all this it isn’t her call. It’s his. I could contact him myself and he could have contacted me so I’m confident he didn’t make this offer.

I know that she got caught attending a meeting with the other colleague who is fronting the money for the venture that she is attempting to involve me in. She’s currently experiencing disciplinary action as a result. My old company went pretty totalitarian from what she tells me, if indeed she told the truth. 

I take what she says with a grain of salt even if what she said was 70% true, I can’t respect someone like that enough to take them at their word. You’re basically pitching to me… I’m playing hardball. I called you out and you leave me telling me to text you if I’m interested because the decision was never your own.

Sweetening your new employer. I’m not your bargaining chip asshole. If you want me on board you pay me. I don’t do business with people like that. You present yourself as honest, to an idiot you seem honest but I’m not an idiot. He needs to contact me directly if he wants me on board. 

She’s been so loyal to the company, like a dog almost. It served her well at first, she was a manager for a few months. My ex manager also attended the same meeting and wasn’t prepared to bite the hand that fed him and reported back to his employer. He will always have a job with them as he is very involved. 

She’s been thrown out on her ass, suspended. Unfortunately she wasn’t as clever as she believed. Which is funny to me as she’s always underestimated me, honestly it’s adorable.

Knowing is half the battle. 
-Misanthropist.

Surprise, surprise.

Posted in Job hunting, Unemployment, Work with tags , , on September 4, 2016 by MISANTHROPIST

Now there are two types of people: some who set a single alarm and wake up and others who set five and only wake up on the fifth. I’m one of the latter people. On this particular morning the fifth alarm sounded and I was fully conscious, preparing for a coffee and first cigarette of the day. The ritual must be completed.
As soon as I get vertical I received a text message from my manager saying that coming in is pointless as I’d have no work to do, the campaign I’m heading up is not running. In my pre-caffeinated haze I took this as being given a day off but as I woke up the language in the message began to concern me.

The use of ‘if the campaign restarts’ and not ‘when.’ If I’ve learned anything in my life it’s not to wait in these situations. So I may as well start firing off my curriculum vitae or I’ll end up something like this:


My CV has a lot of new additions including managerial responsibilities, recruitment and QC among other things. Should make finding work easier and I should be able to demand a higher wage for my work. Honestly at this point I don’t see how I could work for less. 

Misanthropist.

The raid.

Posted in Business, Legal, Work with tags , , , , on September 4, 2016 by MISANTHROPIST

To preface this story: I arrived to work normally, rolled and smoked a cigarette while talking with my colleagues. I had noticed a police van waiting in the car park across from us, not looking but definitely in waiting. A colleague dismissed this by saying there was an incident at the local underground station. I thought nothing more of it…

So I got in, logged in, checked my email, logged into our system, opened the various spreadsheets, logged into recruitment resources and took first orders from my boss. Expecting a standard day of course. As I got the order the police and two alphabet soup agencies came busting through the door with the poor receptionist who didn’t know what to do. It was obviously a raid.

The told us to get off our computers leave everything logged in. We locked our computers and got up. We were rounded into a conference room where someone from the alphabet spaghetti agency told us we had to give a statement. We work with the law, we are not stupid. It was voluntary and therefore I’m not giving them a statement.

Your dealings with the company are nothing to do with me. I asked to go to my desk obviously requiring an escort but I found I had collected my effects beforehand so I then exited the building. Between that the lady from alphabet soup agency was fishing for information. I put and end to that quickly.

I stayed that my colleague, the IT admin had consented to giving them the master logins a few minutes ago in front of my face when she was present so what reason did she have to ask. She then went on to ask about our logins to which I replied I don’t know my log in as its auto filled. I’m not being obtuse, I just don’t have to remember it.

I know what all this is about, I believe it’s in regards to unethical marketing. The service provided is legitimate. We are basically getting fined on violations. It sucks but at least I got the day paid I guess. Saying that it has put me very much behind in my work. Some people are very particular about their appointments. 

They really thought they could trick their way into getting statements by masquerading as if we were under arrest or being detained. That’s sad. The police officers looked annoyed, bored and everything in between. I feel for them because it’s a total waste of time. They’re just muscle and as cliche as it is they could be solving real crimes. Not stupid trade violations. 

There was no threat of violence, a chance sure but no real or perceived  threat from anyone working there. Management or otherwise. I felt sorry for one alphabetty spaghetti agent who had to follow and watch a senior management member have a cigarette. When my job drags I will remember him. It’s funny that they treat us like criminals. I’m the wolf of what street exactly?

They took what they wanted, paper, passwords, servers and whatever else the warrant gave the access to. So now ive had an extra wasted day. I wasted 2 hours the previous day listening to a complicated case we can’t touch. My fuck up. Someone else will get that business and she will get her dues. I hope she does.

You can imagine what today was like. Running a day behind, at a loss. Missing information, a system reset, it’s been crazy. I’m still recruiting and catching up on caseloads, closing cases. Accepting and rejecting case based on liability, legal quantum and other factors.

I had to explain to my colleagues that they’re not after you but rather the company you are employed by. Someone then saw it fit to inform me he had been carrying lots of weed. Close to a pound in fact. Not an issue for the business but a problem for him because of the police presence.

I advised that they couldn’t search his handbag without suspicion. The warrant was unrelated. I came in the next day and a lot of our computers and servers were gone, a day behind and I had to make up my appointments, any face to face meetings I had. Now it’s just a matter of catching up and waiting for the fine to land on our doorstep.

All in all it was an interesting day.

-Misanthropist.