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Podfic! :drools:

So there's not a whole lot going on lately. Work, work, work...oh, with a side of work, just for variety. Overtime is so very, very nice when the paycheck rolls around. 

I have, however, discovered the secret to being able to sit at a computer for 12 hours a day and not go insane, and it is the *wonderful* invention called "Podfic"(aka fannish audiobooks). My MP3 player has been my constant companion and I've been concentrating better and engaging in contraband conversations with my peers less.

It's quite a surreal feeling to be sitting at my desk, listening to insanely hot stories from some of SGA's best authors. I've actually found myself blushing every so often. 

Um. Also. A word of advice. 

If you do get hooked on this total CRACK that just demands you download more and more...

Don't. DON'T. Listen to Pru's #435 Atlantis Local Stitch-n-Bitch, at work. Do. Not. 

I seriously thought I was going to rupture something, I was trying so freaking hard not to laugh hysterically. If someone had gotten a good look at me at the time, I think they might have assumed the worst and called for an ambulance, thinking I was having a coronary. 

Just in case I can infect anyone else out there with this incredibly addictive monkey crack, here's a good place to start. Also check out podslash and sgapodfic


But not really.  

:evil grin:



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 21st, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
hee! I couldn't concentrate on my job if I listened at work...I tend to listen while driving the car (alone)
Sep. 21st, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
It took me a long time to get to the point that I could do my job and still listen to audiobooks. I work in an insurance claim office and have had several positions in my years with them. Some of them I could do it but others, it proved too distracting.

Oh, and hey, cool! You're the very first person to comment in my journal. Thanks! :throws confetti:

Sep. 22nd, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
yay! first11!!11


I worked in insurance for several years (liability claims). I was good at it, but hated it. gave me nightmares. my Spouse begged me to quit (I was waking him up at night with the tossing & turning). Do you like it? do you do mostly auto, or all different kinds of claims?
Sep. 22nd, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
I actually love it; it's the best job I've ever had. I've never done auto claims, though; I handle a combination of medical and Reimbursement accounts.

It's definitely not for everyone. I've found it very interesting that there appears to be no middle ground at my employer. People either completely loathe their jobs and only stay because it's the only major employer in the area that pays this well without a degree requirement, or they love what they do and practically live at the office 50 to 60 hours a week.

I've often wondered what it is about this work that creates such a polarizing effect. Was it like that with auto liability claim work, or is this pretty much a medical insurance phenomenon?
Sep. 22nd, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
I did all kinds of liability claims--auto, property, medical liability, etc. I was really good at it and got assigned the big $ claims, policy limit stuff, claims in litigation, etc.

I noticed the same thing you did--people either loved it or hated it. I think you kindof had to have a thick skin, to be able to detach yourself from the people behind the claims. I couldn't do that, so I would have nightmares about people's accidents and injuries, would worry about them, and probably over-identify with their problems. But if you can manage to do detach, it's a great job. I loved the accident investigations and interviews, the legal stuff, the negotiations. It was all really interesting stuff. you learn something new every day.

Do you medical insurance claims? That sounds a lot less traumatic than reading about people's nasty accidents all day... Do they categorize them in some way, or just lump everything together?

insurance work can also be pretty darned boring. there's a lot of paperwork and paying-attention-to-detail. so I imagine the amount of boredom or detail you can handle would also determine how much you enjoy the job...
Sep. 22nd, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
The investigation part sounds very interesting! I think I would enjoy that!

Yes, I do medical insurance claims and even though there's no personal contact with the members, I still see the same people again and again for my account and it's still easy to become attached, even in absentia. I think a lot of people that bash the "Big, Bad Insurance Company" would be very surprised at how far most processors will try to go to get their claims paid for them. The claims are divided by level of difficulty as well as account, so there's a lot of specialization, which I think actually helps to create a sense of ownership for the CP's.

You are *so* right on the detail thing. I'm incredibly detail oriented and love logical problem solving, which is probably why I like my job so much.

Right now, I'm struggling to take classes here and there, *very* slowly working towards a degree either in mathematics, economics or accounting (haven't decided for sure), at which point, I want to take the first couple of actuarial exams and move to our finance division. I think being an actuary would be a totally awesome job! Hopefully I'll get there before I'm 40!
Sep. 23rd, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
a lot of people that bash the "Big, Bad Insurance Company" would be very surprised at how far most processors will try to go to get their claims paid for them.

great point! and very true. within the limits of what you're allowed to do, I knew lots of adjusters who would go out of their way to try to help people as much as possible....

good luck on the actuarial stuff! If you have the right kind of brain for it, it's great work, and pays well, too.
Sep. 23rd, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much! Here's hoping! :)

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