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How’s Rosie? Ask Our Guest Writer This Week!

August 29th, 2011 1 Comment

Wazzer’s leaving work in the evening when a familiar Justin Bieber haircut goes by. “Rosie! Hey, Rosie!” Rosie jumps as Wazzer runs out into Cuba Street and grabs her arm. “Hey, how’s it going? Did they take you on over there at Perry’s? They called us…” “Oh! They did, yes! Perry’s just amazing. Thank you […]

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Snow Business

August 16th, 2011 1 Comment

The lovely weather break in August is cancelled. School is cancelled. Every discussion that is not about the phenomenon of snow in Wellington is cancelled! Fingers fly over phones throughout the region, sending updates to friends and family. Helena Hutt is snowbound on her scenic Hutt Valley hill. She bundled her children up and sent […]

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Largeman’s Run

August 9th, 2011 2 Comments

If a broken-in cricket glove could speak, it would sound like Largeman, Winona’s old-school-Kiwi uber-boss at the Department of Stodge. He has a baritone that evokes the plummy newsreel voiceovers of yore, slightly muffled, rumbling with deep, slightly indistinct amusement. He understands why she’s moving on. She’ll do grandly in Marianne Swatch’s department. You go […]

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The Golden Ticket

July 14th, 2011 1 Comment

While Wazzer has her misadventures, the party continues. Among the IT geeks and policy wonks, two ambitious women talk to each other. The pretty retro one says to the sleek and heedless tomboy, “…so I applied for the writer job at that internet discount coupon place – the cool one!” “Oh! I applied for that, […]


The Promised Land

June 21st, 2011 1 Comment

At Wazzer’s work on Monday morning, the waitrons are bundling cutlery and paper napkins together, using water so that the paper napkins stay wrapped. They’re supposed to use just a dab of water, but these bundles will be mummified like papier-mache, they are all so distracted by one raconteur. “So she’s moving to Australia next […]

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Like A Refugee

May 17th, 2011 1 Comment

When Wazzer arrived at work at eight, she noticed a small white sign in the window: HELP WANTED, Experienced Bar/Wait Staff, Inquire Within. Nigel, the owner, had warned her about this, and gloatingly shared his philosophy. “If they’re in before ten, we’ll interview them, even if what we have is last shift. Anyone waltzes in […]

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The Do

December 6th, 2010 Comments Off on The Do

This week and next, spare a thought for all the service staff and restaurants hosting Wellington’s annual “dos”. They’re playing to a tough crowd. As budget belts stay tightened around town, staff have often contributed out of their own pockets to these events. Wellington is the wrong size for falsehoods, and it’s too easy to […]

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In a Buzzword Blizzard

August 27th, 2010 Comments Off on In a Buzzword Blizzard

Frankie’s fired! Nervberg, as the second in command at the Department of Stodge, has been delegated the dirty work of making several of the staff  “redundant.” The graphics design part-timer, Frankie, is one of them.  He explained it all to Winona, who manages Frankie, in a buzzword blizzard. Cost cutting – restructuring -  budgets – […]

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Meeting Room Thirteen

August 25th, 2010 Comments Off on Meeting Room Thirteen

All up and down the Terrace and Featherston Street, there are cafes that have the luxury of closing all day Saturday and Sunday. Their free weekends are funded by being “Meeting Room 13.” When professionals in a central city office need to have a meeting, there’s a fifty-fifty chance that they’ll take off to a […]

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The Prisoners of Policy

August 23rd, 2010 Comments Off on The Prisoners of Policy

At the Department of Stodge, Winona has noticed an odd stream of people going to Jen’s desk. “Jen, can you…” Each time, Jen gives them a knowing smile and bustles off with them. Winona decides to have a Manager Moment with her about it. “Jen, I was just looking for you. Were you at a […]

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