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3 Word Wednesday - Madly, Nocturnal, Omen


Madly, adjective: in a manner suggesting or characteristic of insanity, with extreme intensity (informal).

Nocturnal, adjective: done, occurring, or active at night.

Omen, noun: an event regarded as a portent of good or evil, prophetic significance.

This week's words worked perfectly in my writing prompt for Monday night's Writers' Group meeting.

To:                  Boss Lady
From:             Bob
Date:              January 21, 2016
Subject:        My Raise

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I don’t understand why I was passed over for a raise yet again and I would like the opportunity to speak with you about this situation.



To:                  Bob
From:             Boss Lady
Date:              January 21, 2016
RE:                 My Raise

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Bob we’ve discussed this before last year. Please let’s not get into this again this year. When the mid-year evaluations come out we will again address the possibility of a raise.



To:                  Boss Lady
From:             Bob
Date:              January 21, 2016
RE:                 My Raise

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If it was resolved last year this exchange wouldn’t be necessary, but last year, like the year before, there was no resolution to the fact that yet again I was passed over for a raise when nearly everyone around me saw the bump in the first paychecks of the year. Even Kim, who started just two years ago has already seen a pay bump while I haven’t in all the years I’ve been employed by this company.


I really thought this year I would get the raise. I had an omen, well I was always told it was an omen of good fortune when a bird poops and you and on the last payday (the one that my raise wasn’t in my check) a bird gave me a gift as I walked to work.  Yes, I was late that day, but I had to go home and change because I didn’t think you would want me in work with bird shit on my head all day. I believe you called it ‘having a professional appearance’ in our one meeting.

If this is about what happened at the holiday party, I can explain. I haven’t been sleeping well and I can’t take a sleep aid as it interferes with my other medication. So for most of December I had been binge watching television shows when I couldn’t sleep. The problem was that I was watching that zombie show and then I couldn’t sleep because I was having nightmares about zombies. So a friend suggested this game where you defeat the zombies, he thought if I played that I wouldn’t be so scared and could possible get at least a few hours of sleep. Well, then I got addicted to that game, so I really wasn’t getting any sleep. 

Now that my sleep is back on target there shouldn’t be a problem with those episodes. I should be fine for my next evaluation and hope that it will result in the raise I so greatly deserve.


To:                  Bob
From:             Boss Lady
Date:              January 21, 2016
RE:                 My Raise

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As I’ve stated, this is not the time or the medium for discussing this issue, but since you insisted on persisting this conversation I will do my best to answer your question until a formal meeting can be set up. I will email you will full details of that meeting when I have them.


First, you haven’t received a raise since you started with this company because you haven’t received one evaluation where there wasn’t at least one area where you were lacking in some way. Every six month evaluation you improve on the area we last brought to your attention while declining in another area. While I can’t discuss another employee’s salary or evaluations with you, I can easily tell you that anyone who has started after you and received a raised has received that raise because they have deserved it which their evaluations have shown time and again.

Robert, your behavior is only one of the many things that are holding you back in your advancement in this company. Your habit of cornering your coworkers and going on madly about whatever is your current obsession is the least of your problems at the moment. At each evaluation we have discussed the issues and have suggested ways in which you can improve. We have tried our hardest to help you find your place within this company. I’m sorry that you feel you have been over looked time and again and we can only work together in the future to make sure that you feel as if you are not being overlooked.

As to your nocturnal activities, please keep those to yourself, even if it is binge watching television. I know this is sometimes the topics that you like to discuss but as we have talked about before a lot of your coworkers do not wish to discuss these things with you while at work.  This is a professional office and while we do discuss things other than work, please be respectful of your coworkers and their desire to not discuss certain topics.

If you wish to discuss this further we will do so in a face to face meeting, please do not respond back to this email.


To:                  Boss Lady
From:             Bob
Date:              January 21, 2016
RE:                 My Raise

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Okay mom! (See what I did there?)

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