Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Panda Bear on Job Rejection, Nothingness and Colds

The Panda Bear was rejected for a job she had some hopes for getting today.    She was disappointed but she will get over the loss.

However, her job rejection is good for the Panda Bear Blog, a blog about a humble office worker who is an economic populist.   This is not a blog about someone successfully climbing the ladder of success.   It is a blog for people who feel they work hard and play by the rules but somehow happiness in this capitalistic society eludes them.

What the Panda Bear Blog is about people who feel trapped in jobs that have gotten stale. No emotional ties bind the Panda Bear to her employer.  

The Panda Bear was recently talking to a friend who was once a company person as was the Panda Bear.   Now this person is counting down the days until she retires in her Declaration of Independence from Paid Labor (see glossary of terms). The Panda Bear sees this a lot where people at work gleefully talk about their retirement.  The Panda Bear feels this workers are expressing some dissatisfaction with the workforce.

Alas, the Panda Bear is years away from retirement (if she ever could retire at all).    However, the Panda Bear in her own way will be expressing her own Declaration of Independence from Paid Labor.   Whenever, the office asks to do something "voluntarily" after work, the Panda Bear will say she has other plans which really is true.

The Panda Bear has picked up a new hobby.     She has gotten access to copies of books before they are published and reviews them for the publishers and different blog sites under the Panda Bear's own name.    Some of these books that the Panda Bear has reviewed have recently become bestsellers. The Panda Bear thinks that this is a pretty cool hobby to have and intends to tell her boss about it sometime.   She will her boss that she could spend all day doing this activity if the Panda Bear did not need to work for money.

In a previous post, the Panda Bear said her New Year's goal was to be less productive.  The Panda Bear is failing miserably in her new year’s goal of doing less.    She has over committed herself on the number of books she promised to review.    Some unexpected tasks came up that needed to be done.   The Panda Bear has been taking days off from work and they are packed full of things to do some of them fun and some of them chores.

Over the weekend the Panda Bear was in tears.     Where was her joyful nothingness?    Her mind was spinning with things to do and posts to write for her blog.    Everyone seemed to be out to have Panda do something for them.   Even the Panda Bear's cat up to her wanting to be petted.

Finally, the Panda Bear realized that she was coming down with a cold which is in part why she was feeling so stressed with things to do.    Her body was feeling tired. She has been treating her cold with diet ginger ale and Thai Kitchen instant mushroom soup and is feeling better.

However, the Panda Bear persists in quest for blissful, contemplative nothingness.



  1. So sorry about the job disappointment. I totally am in awe of your writing accomplishments! I understand overcommitting, especially when you like doing something and then it is frustrating when chores and work you don't like as much gets in the way. I struggle with this daily and chores are winning!

  2. Sorry about the job disappointment, it is discouraging to realize we are now in that class of people where age becomes a job liability! I can identify with not being able to do nothing, and like you, throwing myself into doing things I like (you do book reviewing) and then finding that our chores and work get in the way.

  3. thank you for your kind words!!! I think we all need more leisure so we can do the things we want to do not have to do. Americans have one of the longest working hours in the world. I have seen work hours go up in my working life. You should see my apartment-you can see what is not getting done!!!.