what now robertHelp me, help me – I’m working and I can’t stop.

Actually, I have stopped, at 12:14 AM.

What is wrong with this picture. More to the point, what is wrong with me?

I’m shutting down my computer and I see a work e-mail from an attorney who says he needs a document ASAP. Well, I don’t start work until 1 p.m. So if I do this in the ordinary course of things, he is not getting it ASAP. He’s getting it in my own sweet time.

So I log on, and do it.


Here’s why:

1. It’s an associate, not a partner. Associates get shit on almost as much as staff does. Whatever it is, it sits on a partner’s desk until it is suddenly an emergency, and then it is flung from the partner’s desk into the associate’s lap and magically becomes someone else’s emergency.

2. I’m one of the few people in the office who has access to decent OCR software. Anyone else will have to type the whole thing from scratch.

3. If I do it, at least I know it will be set up and formatted properly.

4. If I don’t do it, it’s going to bug me. I’ll worry and won’t be able to sleep and wake up crabby (okay, crabbier than usual) and it’ll just fuck up everyone’s morning.

So I just did it.

I’m sure I’ll get a thank you for “riding to the rescue” on my faithful keyboard; and I know the gratitude will be real. I guess I see a problem and if I think I can help, I just gots to try to solve it.

I’m going to bed.

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