This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

March 27, 2009

Old School Friday: Workin, Workin Day and Night

Filed under: Old School Friday — Tags: , — pprscribe @ 11:27 am

It seems a little uppity to be complaining about work in these times when many folks are looking for work, afraid of losing work, or have already lost it. But the reality is, anyone who has ever had a job knows what it feels like to have a bad day on the job. Nothing helps me overcome a bad day at the jay-oh-bee than some music. Thus, it is appropriate that the theme for this week’s Old School Friday: “I had a BAD day [week/month] at work.”

Recognize that–like Kubler-Ross’s grieving model–there are five stages to the Bad-Day-At-Work Recovery Process. The first stage is a period of Griping about just how terrible the day (week/month) was. My contributions were ignored…I inadvertently double booked meetings…I missed a deadline…I am surrounded by incompetents…I had to begin some project all over again…

The second stage is Relief at escape–I have managed to sneak out of the door without yet another chunk of BS being thrown on my desk or flying in my email in-box. In this stage I am looking to the open road ahead that leads away from work and toward…not-work.

Then, once safe in my car, there is the third stage of “Eff alla y’all!” Now I’m full of boast and swagger, belting out behind the wheel all the bold aggressive things I wish I would have said back in the office.

The fourth stage looks to the future–usually to the Idea of Partying. I say “idea” of partying because my days of actually heading to the club after a long and bad week of work have long since gone. But the knowledge that I could if I wanted to…well, that’s all I need.

Finally, there is the fifth and last stage–one of calm, relaxation, and reassurance. No longer pissed, my focus in this stage is on Rejuvenation. It is necessary to get to this stage so as to be able to face the next day, or following week, or next month after my return from vacation without a salty attitude. If I reach this stage, I know that I will live to see another paycheck.

"dream less." wage slave,

"dream less." wage slave,

Instead of separate songs, this week I have a playlist for you with my song picks from each of the stages. Enjoy! Happy Week-end and Happy Old School Friday!

play-ville-de-lumiere-by-goldBad-Day-At-Work Recovery Process Playlist:

  • Satisfaction–Rolling Stones
  • Stuck in the Middle with You–Stealers Wheel
  • Life is a Highway–Tom Cochrane
  • Let Me Ride–Dr. Dre
  • Nothin But a G Thang–Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
  • Party Up in Here–DMX
  • Back in the Saddle–Aerosmith
  • The Boomin System–LL Cool J
  • Love Shack–B-52s
  • Just Got Paid–Johnny Kemp
  • Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing–Stevie Wonder
  • Be Thankful for What You Got–Massive Attack
  • Claude Debussy–Clair de Lune

Please visit the hosts of OSF, Mrs. Grapevine and Marvalus, for registration and rules to join in on the party. And please check out the other OSF participants. (PPR_Scribe’s previous OSF posts here.)



  1. Very good playlist…some good tunes to get you through the “Recovery Process.”

    Happy OSF!

    Comment by Marvalus — March 27, 2009 @ 12:17 pm

  2. I usually skip stage 2 and go straight to 3 (lol). Great playlist, especially the middle section. And you’re right. I try to remember to be thankful for having a job.

    Happy OSF!

    Comment by whenevawhateva — March 27, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

  3. It does seem in bad taste to complain about work when so many don’t have any but it’s just human nature. And good thing we get it out in small doses or going postal would have a much more global meaning, lol.

    Good songs you picked too but my favorite part of your post was the “dream more work less” photo!

    Comment by Pop Art Diva — March 27, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

  4. I like that: Dream more work less…Less is more (lol). Really nice playlist. Stevie had me groovin’ so did Stealers Wheel (I sing this when I’m on the road on a day trip).

    Oh, I almost forgot – loved your “5 stages.”

    Comment by hagar's daughter — March 27, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

  5. It’s like this and like that and like this ah uhh

    Yawl gonna make me lose my mind, up in here up in here. yawl gonna make me act a fool, up in here, up in here.

    Hello PPR_Scribe, after listening to some of the lyrics from Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg …with my grandson, I thought it best that I skip right over love shack because I didn’t know what they were about to say *lol*. Yawl gonna make me lose my mind up in here, up in here.

    I slide down to just got paid and I broke out my old Egyptian move. I needed to hear “Be thankful for what you got”. See, I don’t have a great big Cadilac, diamond in the back sunroof top. So I can’t dig the scene in a ganster lean. In fact, my car is down right now so that song was right on time.

    What a better way to end the night than with Debussy’s Clair de lune. After listening to that I wanted to run out and kiss everybody.

    I have to go now. I have to explain to my grandson what Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg were doing with those women :- ).

    Comment by CareyCarey — March 27, 2009 @ 9:51 pm

  6. Hey there! First of all thanks for the visit, I was unaware we had new participants to OSF!!!! Love the playlist!!! Very nice variety! Love Clair de Lune! Love Shack is on my mp3 as part of my workout playlist!
    Welcome aboard!

    Comment by regina — March 27, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

  7. Nice approach, I like!

    So nice to see Massive Attack on the list. They can be dark, but they are wicked. πŸ™‚

    Happy OSF!

    Comment by thaconoisseur — March 28, 2009 @ 12:31 am

  8. Big thank you for everybody for dropping by my OSF! I can already tell next week’s gonna be better than this one was–especially after dropping by you all’s OSF posts.

    Comment by pprscribe — March 28, 2009 @ 2:54 am

  9. Duh, that’s why I ended up in Watts …I didn’t read the map. I think I missed something …I know I did. There must be another site (OSF)?

    Comment by CareyCarey — March 28, 2009 @ 11:20 am

  10. I have to repost my comments in the right section because I’m a little on the slow side…

    “That is a wonderful playlist, and it takes you through all the moods. Stuck In the Middle with You, is one of my favorites, β€œple-e-e-e-e-e-ase.”

    Anything with Snoop or Dre in it, during the 90’s gets my votes.

    b-52 is great, but Shiny Happy People with REM, would have been better for me.”

    Comment by MrsGrapevine — March 29, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

  11. WOW! A playlist. I thought I was bad for thinking of so many bad songs I didn’t list, meaning knowing some many made me think my life is in suck mode now. LOL.

    Generally, I’ve got to catch up on your post. You’ve been very busy, young lady. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Verite Parlant — April 2, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

  12. Verite, I had been wondering what you had been up to! Hopefully too busy with paying gigs to bother with the casual internets. LOL

    I hope that your “life suck mode” is over or nearly over. Please take a break from sad and tragic news stories for a while and renew yourself.

    Best to you!

    Comment by pprscribe — April 3, 2009 @ 10:37 am

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