05 November, 2010

Ding-dong, the witch is dead!

Ted announced his departure date today. It didn't exactly come as a surprise, as I've overheard him talking to interstate removalists for the last couple of days and knew the decision had been reached.

But, from mid-December, he'll be several hundred miles away and it will be a Ted-free world, leaving only the Stress Fiend and La Mondaine to exalt an average working day into the realm of Cruel and Unusual Punishment.

Now I just need to work out a diplomatic means of avoiding the going-away event The Invertebrate seems determined to organise. I might be helped in this by Ted himself, who also seems to be trying to avoid going to one.

Or I could just be magnanimous, forget the last few years of white-anting and backbiting and make a genuine effort to wish him well...


Anonymous said...

I don't understand...wouldn't Ted leaving be an event to celebrate? :-)

Anonymous said...

Yeah, you have a great number of reasons to wish him success in whatever takes him farthest from you.
And it would be magnanimous to at least appear to wish him well. (see the usual comments inspired by The Prince by M. about appearances).
And the I. seems to be wishing to be seen as the good guy to the extent that he will wish Ted well. He has had less aggrevation, but still has endured some.

So who takes Ted's place?

Argh said...

Anon #1: Ted leaving is absolutely a cause for celebration. I just don't want to celebrate it with him.

Anon #2: I just don't want to be in a position where I'm expected to act pleased for him, or perform some kind of ambiguous well-wishing. Being civil to him costs me nothing except some patience.

And The Invertebrate always wants to be seen as the good guy: it's why we still have Ted over two years after The Invertebrate's arrival, and why we still have La Mondaine even though she's only a casual and no-one - not even the Stress Fiend - is happy to have her here trying to work. So The Invertebrate has actually deserved any aggravation he's endured :)