Thursday, July 29, 2010

Trial By Fire

At 6 a.m. I had thought of a hysterical blog topic.

No really!

I did.

And I even thought to myself, "That's so funny I totally won't forget about writing this down."

Uh huh.

And then I got into my office and apoca-audit was totally blasting me in the face and I did the unthinkable.

I forgot what the hell was so funny.

So now here I am, 9:03 p.m. and I got nothin'.

So, instead, I'm going to tell you about my first audit in 2008.

First, just so you understand, fiscal year ends June 30th for us.

So when my predecessor was terminated in April and I was promoted, it was just as the audit hurricane winds were beginning to blow.

Now, I hadn't the slightest idea what an audit entailed. Hell! I didn't have the faintest idea of what a financial month end close entailed.

But I found out and quickly.

OK - so I got promoted. And, since there was no one to replace me in my old position immediately, I did both jobs.

And then our brand new audit team - as in brand new, their firm had never worked with us before - began asking for pre-audit paperwork.

And then one of my co-workers in another department sustained a major injury and was off the job for several months. Meanwhile, we discovered that no one in the building actually knew how to do his job.

So, in addition to my new job I was still trying to learn and my old job, I took on half the duties of my co-worker and learned his job.

To top it all off, we had a major acquisition...I mean MAJOR acquisition just as the fiscal year was ending, a major event to plan, the DNC was gearing up, and another special 2-week event took place.

Oh yeah.

And I moved back into the city.

I'd forgotten that summer. Hell! I forgot that summer as it was happening. I'm not sure I even remember it being summer at all. I don't think it was. I think it went from June 30th to September 1st and we skipped over July and August completely.

But I was reminded about it the other day when talking to Kristin and I had to laugh aloud...maniacally.

Because as bad as I think this summer has been? It ain't shit compared to that one.

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