Creativity and Structure DNA just won't splice
A month's worth of work came down to the end of this week. And though it came in like a lion, it's going out like a lamb. 3 clients, 3 campaigns to finish. The first, for an electronics store, the smallest client, went without a hitch, easy greasy and we're done. He liked everything. Yay!
Thursday looked like it was going to be OK. But I walk in and immediately my computer's not working. So Kim, our IT guy (Korean guy, hence the girl name) tried it out. It freezes on me all the time. What do I do? Restart my computer. What does Kim do? He says fuck it and gets me a new computer. That freezes too so I end up working at another person's station who's out on a shoot in Canada. (I'm still here at her desk by the way. Kim's not in yet, and she's not gonna be back till Monday.) So I spent the day running back and forth in case my phone was ringing. Then of course the color printer goes down. Which wouldn't be too bad if the black and white one hadn't broken down two days before. So now every time I print I run across the office to the other color printer to get my stuff. And with about 30 revisions to scripts, 30 more of storyboards and key frames, I think I burned off my free dinner last night. So that's when we started working on the cat food, and it's... still... going... on! Revision upon revision that had to be rushed to FedEx to get it to them next day. Our account guy ran like the wind from the printer to the drop point in minutes flat.
In an of itself, still pretty normal for work but it kept us from getting the main attraction done and for the fact that my girlfriend is going to be out of town all weekend (our only time together usually) so she decided to picnic it with me at my desk with our take out beef and chicken teryaki. She got to meet my boss and coworkers which was nice but all I did was run around getting a kiss and a hug every 10 minutes as I left her be in my cube, or rather the absent co-worker's cube, as she ate, checked email, chatted, everything but spend time with me. The only good thing is that now I guess she understands a little bit better how the ad world, though creative, will never get its act together. We do our shit and the account people try and keep it together, but we always end up with broken comptuers, broken printers, and broken elevators, at 1AM in the morning. (More on the elevator later.) I swear I felt like it was hell week in ad school again, printing, reprinting, running around, getting 3 word conversations in with people. So after the dust settled and the gf went off to go dancing downtown I could work on Goya.
Our first presentation to the client for Goya was supposed to be to today (I'll get back to supposed later). So we didn't get to start working on it really till 8pm. And by 1 in the morning, after the jokes were finished, the boss had left, and the eye holes were shrinking, I had to catch my 1:08 train. But the ad gods said no, that wasn't going to happen either, because after just taking the elevator to get my fleece I pushed the button and waited. And I waited, and I waited, and then I waited some more. I pushed the up button, still nothing. 15 minutes went by. I had missed my last train home. Fortunately our HR woman, who stays late for reasons I'll never understand, got the super of the building to turn back ON the elevators. Let me repeat, turn back ON the elevators. For some reason at 1 AM someone decided to save a little electricity and turn off the elevators. The lights stayed on, the networks were working (unlike earlier in the day). So my nice account lady Tanya got me a voucher for a car service for my hour ride home in the burbs. I got into bed around 3 and got up around 7 to get into my fancy pants for the presentation today. And now I'm sitting here with the camel's back broken because the meeting has been postponed due to a sickness from one of the seniors at Goya.
I'm looking forward to enjoying this sun that's now out. I'm looking forward to the long lunch I'm gonna take in it. I'm looking forward to the half a weekend I'm expecting to have to get re-ready for the new presentation, which by the way is only an introductory meeting to prepare for the big boys which were supposed to come on Tuesday which I guess now will be pushed back too. I guess I'd better go fancy pants shopping.
Have a great first real weekend of spring everybody!
PS - boss just came by, we're off from work around noon today, yay! Time to catch up on The Shield and sleep!