Saturday, January 10, 2009

That Janie Girl

One day, I got a call from a consultant. I’ll call him Lonnie.

Lonnie: Hey, Janie, I want to work for ABC Oil Company through your firm.

Janie: Lonnie! That’s great! (I went through our list of benefits. He was excited.) Okay, who do I need to call?

Lonnie: You need to call James at ABC and tell him I’m going to be working under your banner.

Janie: Consider it done.

I called James and left a message. Not once, not twice, but three times. Two days later, I get another call from Lonnie.

Lonnie: Hey, Janie. I’m going to work for ABC Oil Company, but I have to work through my old firm. James is making me.

Janie: What the HELL?I understand, Lonnie, don’t worry, we’ll get it all fixed sometime.

Lonnie: Thanks for understanding. Another thing – James said for me to “Tell that Janie girl to quit calling me.”

Janie: Gotcha, Lonnie. No problem. (In 23 years, I'm freaking out. He seriously doesn't want me to call him? I can't believe that! I've never met him!).

In my old job, if someone had a problem getting through a door, or establishing a relationship, they would send me in to "pave the way" as it were. And I enjoyed a near-perfect success rate.

Three days later, I’m in the offices of ABC Oil Company, delivering breakfast. I happen to notice James’ office is open, so I step in the door, thinking I’ll leave a business card on his desk. Only one thing’s wrong – he’s there! What do I do now?

Only one thing to do…roooooooollllllllllllll with it!

Janie: Hey, James! I just wanted to introduce myself. I’m "that Janie girl" that was calling you all the time about Lonnie.

James: Hey, Janie! (He cracks up laughing, thank God!) It’s nice to meet you. Actually, I’ve met you before, just didn’t put two and two together. I worked at the last shoot and you were competing.

Janie: Oh, yeah! I knew you looked familiar!

He then explains to me why Lonnie had to stay under his former firm – that he had taken medical leave, and needed to come back to work under that same firm. I totally understood his thinking.

The next morning, I went to breakfast with several of his coworkers, and told them all the “Tell that Janie girl to quit calling me” story. They got a big kick out of that, went back to the office, and harrassed James mightily. Poor guy, he'll probably never live over that.

It's a small oilfield out here. And needless to say, my new name has spread all over the patch - they're all calling me...


Braja said...

You need to change your blog name to That Janie Girl :)

Janie said...

That would be cute...but would I lose my presence? Presents? Place? Peeps? Arrrrrrgh!

Have fun on your sabbatical, Braja, love ya!

Elizabeth said...

"That Janie Girl" - not so bad, really. You turned that one around big :)

Vodka Mom said...

Hey Janie girl- you are back from the dead? Must have been that kick ass Chicken Soup I brought you.

Vodka Mom said...

damn that braja- she's too damn fast for me.......she's like Supergirl or something.

Michelle said...

That Janie Girl!!!

I love it!!

It has a good beat and it's easy to dance too!!!

Happy Sunday!!!

Chatelaine said...

Yep, I agree with the others. You are absolutely now and forever "That Janie Girl".

It's a done deal, babe. You won't lose your presence at all. It's stuck like gum to your shoe.

Irish Gumbo said...

Well, I'm reading this and I'm looking at the profile picture, and I'm thinking "Why weren't they calling her that sooner?" Hmm, strange world out there ;)

Welcome back, Janie Girl!

Comedy Goddess said...

That Janie Girl reminds me of the old song Hey There Georgie Girl. I like it!

Fragrant Liar said...

Definitely sounds like a good idea to go with "That Janie Girl" on the blog. It's catchy and seems to suit you to a tee. Not only will that guy not live it down, you won't either! But that's a good thang! :)


scotte said...

Naw , trust yourself, 1 blog about it will make it stick. I see this embroidered on your next shooting vest or work jacket. Or next week at SPE introduced as Area Director That JANIE Girl. Love it !

Junosmom said...

Seems like that moniker might stick.

nikkicrumpet said...

Well at least they're all taking about you! And they got the name right lol.

jill jill bo bill said...

I kinda like it! Now go twirl around in the street and throw your hat up in the air like That Girl. Or was that Mary Tyler Moore? Either one rocked, so whatever. Are you feeling better?

Snooty Primadona said...

I really like Braja's suggestion. That Janie Girl! would be the perfect blog name.

Boy, you are one busy girl. Honestly, I am thoroughly exhausted after reading. So does this mean you're well? If so, then I'm glad you made such a snappy comeback.

Our son is still here from Austin but is going home Tuesday, hopefully. I did not.say.that. Did I? Did I mention he brought his dog? Oh, sorry. I better stop there, lol.

Lynellen said...

You could just add "that Janie girl" onto "sounding forth"... hmm... "Sounding Forth from that Janie Girl"... on the other hand maybe sounds like maybe you're burping... or something.

Soxy Deb said...

Way to go Janie girl!! Now your name is on everyones lips!

TWC said...

I just realized that it wasn't That Janie Girl. :-)