I must confess that had it not been for my best friend at work I do not know where I would be today. When I first started working there my position was a new one requiring a level of education never previously required. My new friend was so supportive of me that she encouraged me into leaving the department for another position that paid better, aw what a pal. A little bit later I realized that I was not going to be able to rely on any references from that department and realized that what had been happening was real in terms of workplace bullying but still trusted my friend. Then a few years later when I was afflicted with some chronic pain she was selling marijuana at work so she sold me some and encouraged me to do more, even asking me to smoke with her regularly and then inviting people who were senior to me to join us. I had to stop her from that nonsense, silly friend. They did not smoke anyway. As time went by my credibility at work slipped but my friend said she was not involved in office politics any more. I had to fight for my rights a few times and she made sure to be absent and excused herself based on her health. Of course friend. Now a couple of years have gone by and although I am still employed it is like no one has ever heard of me but they are sure hearing about my friend. Wow, she has the same job as I do and she has not even tried... all she had to do was show up for her job and she became as qualified as I am and more. She now has plans to get back into the swing of things and is reconnecting at work, now that I may have to leave. She doesn't ask me to go out any more, does not talk about work with me and hardly seems interested in our friendship any more. She only comes over if I offer her something special like dinner out or free marijuana. She is doing so much better at work than I am. How that happened must be an accident. She would never deliberately sabotage me. Right friend?
The Georgia Straight: A 50th Anniversary Celebration Book
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