The place I’ve been working since September – Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation – is great. It’s a private non-profit housing organization, and I was a tenant of theirs for years. I’ve always liked the organization, and I couldn’t ask for better colleagues. But, it was always intended to be a temporary job, and it’s coming to an end soon.
Fortunately the end of this job dovetails perfectly with the beginning of the next one. I’m going to be working at the Canada Revenue Agency through April, May and June.
I went in there earlier this week to complete paperwork and swear an affirmation. I had to fill out 21 forms. The funny part was that one of the forms made a point of mentioning their commitment to environmentally sustainable practices, and therefore the “suppression of print” was mandatory to all employees, with few exceptions. All 21 forms were printed on paper, including the one that said that. (That one, in fact, was printed in quadruplicate.)
This job is obviously not going to have the same friendly, homey feel as the job I have now, that’s a given. I’ll be one drone among thousands in a hive of bureaucratic activity. But still. It should be interesting to work in such a bureaucratic and windowless environment. And I like interesting almost as much as I like good.