Friday, 12 December 2008

Eight calendars

The credit crunch, the impending recession, call it what you may, but it all boils down to the same thing – cutbacks.
I know times are tough and restrictions are being placed on spending, because normally I would have received eight calendars by now.
Eight glossy, decorative calendars, from various suppliers related to the office. Eight calendars with pictures of birds, boats and butterflies. “Oh another calendar,” I used to say, and sigh, before asking if I could tempt anyone in the office with my latest offering.
This year I have received the grand total of 0 calendars. How the mighty have fallen!
Another clue to these dark times is the announcement that our annual awards evening has been cancelled. Every year a gigantic marquee is erected and decorated for all the UK employees who are employed at my company. Circus acts, a casino, dancers, and a celebrity guest are amongst the lavish entertainment, and that’s without the cost of food and drink.
As a sign of the times, the chairman thought it would be sensitive and sensible to not hold such a flashy and expensive event next January. I’m not complaining, it’s saved me from forking out the money for a new and suitable outfit. I would also rather the total bill was spent on our wages, and not a celebrity guest fee and a big fat champagne fuelled headache.
As much as I love a glass of bubbly, I do realise in the current economical situation you have to make certain cutbacks. And I would rather be employed than out of work with nothing to show for my hard work, other than an outfit I will never wear again and a photograph of me looking flushed, standing next to the latest over-paid star guest.
However, I would appreciate a calendar arriving on my desk before 2009 commences. It doesn’t have to be glamorous, it doesn’t have to be printed on a heavy paper stock with a sparkling gold, five colour, printing process - you don’t work in publishing for 17 years without learning a thing or two regarding print. A simple calendar would be fine. Mono, A4, flimsy paper. Something I can tape to my hard drive and stare at continuously, to remind me of press dates, mailing dates and dates with friends. Pretty pictures would be nice, but I understand the costs and hassle involved, a plain one will serve the same purpose.
Has anyone in blog land received an excessive amount of calendars and care to share their 2009 months with me? No? Are you sure? Oh well, it was worth asking. It looks like I will be turning to the Internet to assist me. Again.


Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

Wow. So it's true that the recession is global, huh? You know it's bad when the calendars stop coming. That said, your previous office galas sound a little over the top to begin with. Hmmmmm..... They probably should have scaled back long again IMHO.

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

"long ago" that is.

Amel's Realm said...

Yeah, times are hard...everywhere people tighten their belts. But you're least you've got a job. :-))))

I'm trying to start a new money making blog. Hopefully it'll stay active so that I can have some income from that. I still don't know when I can get a decent job here in Finland that I can somewhat enjoy.

Eryl Shields said...

Why don't you pop into your local Woolies, apparently they're having a massive closing down sale, I'm sure they sell calendars?

Kate said...

This is a point of anxiety for me as well. Will I have to buy calendars? I don't need many as gifts, but I really do need THREE, and one of them needs to be small-ish. Some years, they appear as if by magic. This year? Beats me!

Nick Phillips said...

I've cut back so much I don't know what to cut back on anymore!!!

And yes, just like you I have a nice total of zero calendars to date ... siggghhh ... maybe U should just make one for myself .... hehehe ...

Blur Ting said...

Oh wow, glossy calendars are extinct now. We don't see any diaries or calendars going around here too and it's already coming to the year end. I think your boss has made a sensible move in doing away with the party. When good times resume again, you can always party anytime you like right?

Krystle said...

Same here! Didn't get any diaries or calendars this year..usually if you go shopping, they would also give you biros etc if you buy regularly from that shop...this year nothing! The credit crunch is really global...However I would prefer not to get anything, and to have a job!

The World According To Me said...

Hi Katherine

I'm afraid it is true. It's a global thing it seems, made only too real by the lack of calendars!

The World According To Me said...

Hi Amel

I think that's a great idea, a money making blog. Making money out of something you enjoy! I keep thinking about it, but I've never got round to doing it...

The World According To Me said...

Hi Eryl

That's a valid point with the Woolies sales. I've bought some presents at tremendous discounts! I should have looked for a calendar.
But don't you think it's sad that the stores are closing? They've been around forever. Where will I buy my pic 'n' mix now?

The World According To Me said...

Hi Kate

Exactly! What has happened to the calendars? It's like someone is trying to pretend they never existed!

The World According To Me said...

Hello Nick

Cut backs, cut backs, as you say, what else can you cut back on?

As for making one? Now that's not a bad (cheap) idea!

Hope all is going well with your new job.

The World According To Me said...

Hello Blur

I think the non award party is the sensible thing to do, and you know how much I love a party! But it is an unnecessary huge amount of money.

I'll let you know if I come across any calendars. If I do, I'll send one your way!

The World According To Me said...

Hi Krystle

So you're suffering from the diary and calendar extinction too?
But you're right, jobs are worth more than free biros and calendars!

Be over to you soon.