Gone. At 10, 2, and 3.

Well, now I'm kind of sad. Turns out? A lot of people really liked me at that job. Even the woman whose first-edition signed book was eaten by Tallulah? Came to my going-away lunch and came back again on my last day.

I walked with a group of people at that job, every day at 10 and 3. Kind of like the old Dr Pepper logo. Is anyone old enough to remember it?

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Do you know what the 10, 2, and 4 stood for? It was time people most frequently drank Dr Pepper, according to their research. I have never been one of those soda-in-the-morning people. But there's always time for Dr Pepper, in my book.

Do you like how I cannot possibly remain on the topic at hand? Which was my walking group? You can imagine the joy they got dealing with my ADD twice a day.

Anyway, I told my fellow walkers that they had to call me if any kittens showed up again at work, and certainly next year when the baby geese are born, I need to find some way to sneak back there. Oh, how I loved working at a place that had geese.

They told me I had to walk every day at 10 and 3, and I will ask Tallulah how she feels about that schedule.

Believe it or not, I tried to keep working right up till 5, but people kept coming in to say farewell, which was nice. I worked with 432 people, and I  sincerely liked almost all of them.

When I left, people offered to help me carry stuff out, but I had been packing for a month and all that was left was my framed picture of dogs playing poker. Because nothing says Take Me Seriously like a framed picture of the dogs playing poker in your office. (I gave back my gigantic Wicked Queen mirror to its rightful owner. Y'all are obsessed with that mirror.)

As I was putting the picture in my trunk, a huge formation of geese flew overhead, honking their goodbyes.

36 thoughts on “Gone. At 10, 2, and 3.

  1. wow, that was kinda sad… when i left my last job it was because I was flying out to China the next day to get my daughter. I hated that job, it was like a Mexican Holiday as i drove away in my bug wearing my giant sombrero & drinking tequila!
    Best Wishes Junie with the whole freelance/blogging gig!
    ~misschell

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  2. Way to go June. You left with class and didn’t burn any bridges. Enjoy your new freedom. I have been to Waco, Texas and the Dr. Pepper museum. Yes, thats right there is a museum. They sell Dr. Pepper made with real sugar, not corn syrup like we buy in the stores. Interesting but useless fact for your weekend.

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  3. Aw June I’m getting weepy. You’re really sad. Give it a couple of weeks. You’ll be the happiest stay at home in your pj’s with bed head freelancer you know. And also too, you get the added benefit of walking Tallulah on your schedule, not the “MAN’S” designated time. Be a lady of leisure for a few days and enjoy your new found freedom.

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  4. Always leave ’em wanting more, that’s what I say. (Or is it always marry your mother? I can never remember.)
    I am a soda in the morning person. (And a soda in the evening and a soda at supper time. Name that song.) Also I have geese at work. Well not AT work, you goose, outside. Plus also too, a black and white cat lives nearby. AND several customers/clients bring in their dogs! (Missy the Maltese, Mozart the German Shepard, Happy the Chihuahua and Luigi the French Bulldog. Oh and Mr. Jones the Fox Terrier.) Hey! I’ll call you if we have any employment opportunities!!!

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  5. Always leave ’em wanting more, that’s what I say. (Or is it always marry your mother? I can never remember.)
    I am a soda in the morning person. (And a soda in the evening and a soda at supper time. Name that song.) Also I have geese at work. Well not AT work, you goose, outside. Plus also too, a black and white cat lives nearby. AND several customers/clients bring in their dogs! (Missy the Maltese, Mozart the German Shepard, Happy the Chihuahua and Luigi the French Bulldog. Oh and Mr. Jones the Fox Terrier.) Hey! I’ll call you if we have any employment opportunities!!!

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  6. Always leave ’em wanting more, that’s what I say. (Or is it always marry your mother? I can never remember.)
    I am a soda in the morning person. (And a soda in the evening and a soda at supper time. Name that song.) Also I have geese at work. Well not AT work, you goose, outside. Plus also too, a black and white cat lives nearby. AND several customers/clients bring in their dogs! (Missy the Maltese, Mozart the German Shepard, Happy the Chihuahua and Luigi the French Bulldog. Oh and Mr. Jones the Fox Terrier.) Hey! I’ll call you if we have any employment opportunities!!!

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  7. I just got caught up on yesterday’s mayhem, and thank you! I haven’t had a laugh like that in a bit. Work is stressful at the Target this time of year. I assume now that you have more time, my daily funny will only get better. You will have so many subscribers soon that you can make a living off your blog, and drink so much of the Doctor that you can literally lounge AROUND the house.
    Also, now we can do a list of things you are available for. I’ll start:
    -June Garden’s tour of cities where my blog readers live
    -shopping at 5am on Black Friday
    -photos of your cats playing poker (never been done before I bet)

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  8. I always find it funny how after giving notice to leave one’s job, it becomes the BEST. JOB. EVER.
    Always.
    Everybody is nice. The work is fun. All just in time to leave. And you’re left wondering why you ever wanted to leave.
    Every job I’ve ever left, became the perfect job after I’d resigned.

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  9. Awww… June. Don’t be sad. Keep in touch with all of your friends from that job and then you’ll have the best of both worlds. Friends without the pain in the ass job. Let’s just remember Hulk married his mom the other day. Now, don’t you feel better?
    Paula~ I’m not sure of the real song but I sing “Kiss in me in the morning, kiss me in the evening, kiss me at suppertime” to my 7 year old daughter all the time. I started doing it when she was about 4 weeks old. The next phrase goes “if I could have kisses from my Quinny, I would take kisses all the time.”
    Steve~ Black Friday shopping at 5am. HA! I’ll be starting at 11pm the night before. I will be at Target at 5 am, with a few more stores to follow. I love Black Friday!

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  10. Awwww, Junie…you’re gonna be just fine. You know you had to at least try this new life of freelancing and blogging, or you would have always been wondering, “What if?” And the nice thing about leaving while still beloved? Those folks will always come running and be happy to see you, when/if you drop back by for a quick visit and catch-me-up. 🙂
    Loved the old 10-2-4 Dr. Pepper reminder. I’m a Pepper, too, and I got started on it from my grandma when I was a little bitty girl – bless her heart, she drank it 10-2-4 and almost around the clock. (And yes, she did have diabetes, unfortunately.)
    Paula, I can name that song in 4 notes! Sugartime by the McGuire Sisters (a hit, also when I was a little bitty girl). “Sugar in the morning, sugar in the evening, sugar at suppertime, Be my little sugar and love me all the time…” Oedipus Hulk will have to learn that one and warble it for his new bride!

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  11. Thanks to H&B and June, I’m going to have both “Sugar in the Morning” and “Wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper too?” rolling around in my brain for the rest of the day.
    Which might be an improvement on “Dancing Queen”, since my kids are currently obsessed with Mama Mia.
    I agree with Jan, about something ending always making it sweeter. Remember that camp where you’re miserable for the first 90% of it, finally relax toward the end because you know it’s going to be over soon, then have a blast and wish it lasted longer? Or maybe that’s just me.
    Enjoy your leisure for a while.

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  12. Oops, that was Hyphen Mama, not Jan, who talked about the sweetness of that ex-job. Jan just talked about Target at sunrise with her Starbucks coffee in hand.

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  13. June, you’ll be great! I like Steve’s idea of a reader tour. First stop… Oregon. We have geese everywhere. Pretty soon you’ll be like the rest of us and wish they’d go back to Canada, eh.

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  14. “I worked with 432 people, and I sincerely liked almost all of them.”
    I know you won’t go into detail here on the blog, but I’ll bet you have some great stories about the unusual characters. Although, no one can top Hulk/Ray Berohn marrying his mother.

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  15. Furry Godmother~
    DY-ING! Holy She-ite, that was a good one. Hulk LOVES him a well-played curse.
    And all you still crushing on me, I am part Mormon, so…
    How YOU doin’?

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  16. Speaking of Dr Pepper, in the winter time the BEST thing is hot DP. Just pour it in a pot and heat up with a couple slices of lemon. Pour in a big mug and enjoy! Aaahhhh, delightful!
    Furry Godmother, you are the Queen of Commenters. I bow down before your greatness.
    Here’s a question that I don’t think has been asked yet regarding Hulk: Does his new wife/mother read this blog? Does she think this is as funny as we do?

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  17. LisaPie~
    She does NOT read the blog, but she thinks its hilarious that I signed in the wrong spot and is NOT going to get it fixed.
    Reveling in her offsprings’ stupidity. Explains my meteoric rise in life, eh?

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  18. Hulk,
    These opportunities only come around once in life to really laugh at the misfortune of our loved ones, so we have to make the most of it. Just think how much fun it will be when these jokes just KEEP ON COMING on your 10th anniversary!
    So, how does the guy who was supposed to be the groom like all this hilarity? Is he in on all the great incest jokes?

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  19. June, I AM impressed that you worked with 432 people and you genuinely liked almost all of them. I work in an office of 15 people, only two of whom merit an invite to my upcoming birthday party.

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  20. Isn’t or wasn’t Dr. Pepper carbonated prune juice. It is supposed to regularly keep you going. I think old people like to drink it like Hulk’s wife, the childs bride.

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  21. You know… I’ve been dying to know why you’ve left but I also realize you probably can’t tell us. BUT I thought of an idea, what if you made up about 5 wild stories or something and one of them could be based on the truth… and it could just be left up to our imaginations which one was true.
    Dr Pepper = Massive yummy! Do you feel like a Pepper today?

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  22. Dr. Pepper from the machine at work: $1.25
    Chicken Fried Chicken: $9.99
    Last day at work: Priceless
    No…Hulk marrying his mama: PRICELESS
    Puts a new spin on “I want my mommy”

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  23. Hulk, you are a big ol’ Norm quote stealer. I know you know what I’m talkin’ about…
    So, June, is there some sort of high-security clearance you need to go to your ex-job’s campus? Because, couldn’t you grab Lula and head on up there for a walk with your friends every once in a while? If they allow kittens and baby geese on campus, surely Lula could come for a quick visit too.

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  24. June, you are likely to experience, “the grass is always greener” in the coming months. You’ll be fine when Monday morning rolls around.
    Lisapie, that video was a hoot! Can’t wait for my husband and son to get up so I can share it with them.
    That kid looked like he was about to reary tut HIS barreh wit dat song!!
    I’m feeling bad that we never threw Mrs. Hulk a lingerie shower.

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  25. So, are you going to look for full-time jobs while you freelance? Holidays are likely slow, but January, more stuff could pop up I would bet. I am hoping that to be true for my other half – he’s workin’ on month 8 of being unemployed.

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