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Apr. 15th, 2004

I confirmed today that my boss has decided to discontinue our contract with Poland Spring and plans to replace the bottled water with a filtration system. Needless to say, I'll be looking for a new job. Anybody know of any jobs out there I might be interested in?


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Apr. 15th, 2004 07:47 am (UTC)
Uh, huh?

Can you explain further?
Apr. 15th, 2004 10:19 am (UTC)
Which part needs to be explained?

That they're taking away our bottled water? It's purely a cost-cutting measure. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

That I'm looking for new work? If they take away my bottled water (which I consider my second most important benefit after health insurance), thus forcing me to dramatically increase my spending (I drink copious amounts of water), they can go fuck themselves. As soon as I find an agreeable new job, they can save a lot more than the cost of bottled water, since they won't have to pay my salary.

Or is it that you don't know what jobs I might be interested in? Well, I don't want a job where I have to do a lot of talking, since I want to spare my job. And I want something that pays close to what I make now, which shouldn't be hard at all, since this job pays far less than I am worth. Beyond that, I have numerous interests and skills.
Apr. 15th, 2004 11:09 am (UTC)
I was just a little startled that bottled water would be such a dealbreaker. Maybe it's a classical singer thing, but it seemed more trivial to me than it clearly does to you.

Not judging your decision by any means, just sharing my reaction.
Apr. 15th, 2004 12:10 pm (UTC)
I think it's just a Derek thing. And it's the proverbial straw.
Apr. 20th, 2004 03:17 pm (UTC)
There is nothing wrong with filtered water, assuming it is done correctly. On the other hand, it is rarely done correctly. You don't like the taste of minerals, so you would want reverse osmosis filtration to remove the minerals, followed by activated carbon filtration to remove the bio-organic compounds, followed by ozonation or the equivalent to cut bacterial content.

Most bottled water is simply badly filtered tap water. They rarely even bother with demineralization because of the expense and the requirement to replace some or all of the minerals.

You have based your decision on the taste of the water, not on its quality. You are picky, but not picky enough -- or you don't know enough about your water. I don't disagree with your conclusion that the people you work for are making a serious mistake in the hope of cutting costs, but it is the same mistake most cities and water districts make. Some are even worse, allowing water that is poisonous to be distributed, although that is being limited through federal testing and guidelines. I think, though, that you'll find the same attitude towards water everywhere you go. Changing jobs won't make a difference.
Apr. 20th, 2004 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'm just very picky about the water I drink. I won't drink all bottled waters. Basically, I drink Poland Spring or Aquafina. That said, I will happily drink the tap water in Panama City all the time.
Apr. 21st, 2004 10:11 pm (UTC)
Even though Panama's water is often chlorinated to excess and, equally often, not chlorinated enough? It's hazardous to your health!
Apr. 21st, 2004 11:05 pm (UTC)
Perhaps, but it sure does taste good.
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