I would like to begin by stating that despite making a list of healthies from my various cook books last night, and despite purchasing some of these healthies (pears, kiwis, various nuts and seeds for snacking, ingredients for my Lebanese salad which is a regular make I must admit) I also inhaled a scone the size of my face earlier.
I had to, for I had to deal with the social welfare again.
I turned up to my ‘guidance’ appointment at the allotted time and walked into an office run entirely by old and obese people. My being ten minutes early seemed to cause some consternation amongst the staff, and the older lady that barely greeted me at reception went running away almost immediately to find somebody called ‘Billy’ (names have been changed to protect the useless). This left me with an obese lady who had been standing at the reception as if propped up, who then looked out the window and shuffled away. Then an obese man sat in the reception chair and wondered aloud how people sat ‘in this fucking thing’.
I took a seat beside some boys who smelt like cigarettes and was immediately called in to an office to see Billy.
Do you know who Lily Savage is? He didn’t look like her but with a Dublin accent, sounded a bit like her. He looked like Lily’s creator, Paul O’Grady, but seemed to have computer printed pictures of a wife all over his bulletin board, alongside, bizarrely one of a very young Jennie Garth of 90210 fame (who knew she used to be so chubby?).
Billy and ‘Mary’ then proceeded to have a long and deep and meaningful conversation about the data base on Billy’s computer NOT stating that I had been ‘engaged’ despite being to an ‘engagement gathering’ (see previous blogs for that golden nugget of time-wasting). Cue lots of keyboard bashing which achieved nothing except sighs and declarations by both that I was ‘pending’ – something which appeared to be a Very Bad Thing.
I had been handed a folder, I looked through it and discovered that it had glossy colour photographs of the office I was marooned in and a printout of a Powerpoint presentation about what they were supposed to be doing in this office for me. In the Key Words and Actions slide it did not say ‘pending’.