Julie - "Do you want to do accounts payable for good?"
Me - "November through March?"
Julie - "No, all year."
Renée - "She's offering you a job."
Me - "My other job pays me more, I get to be outside, they feed me..."
Julie - "We'll pay you more. We'll give you benefits."
Renée - "Vacations, you can take vacations!"
Me - "I like to be outside."
Renée - "We can put your desk near the door, that's almost like outside."
Me - "It's not the same."
Renée - "You could go outside whenever you wanted."
Me - "That's a parking lot. I like having a job that requires me to hike 4 hours a day."
Renée - "We could get a treadmill."
Me - "It's not the exercise, it's the forest."
Julie - "We could take turns walking her."
Renée - "Whose turn is it to walk Lafcadio?"
They didn't really get it. It's not just the being outside, it's working for a company that doesn't do anything. It's retail. They don't help people grow, they don't conserve the planet, they aren't even for any sort of political cause. They just sell things. I might be able to justify a boring office job consisting of mundane tasks if I at least believed in what the company was doing with my services.
Staring at a spreadsheet, with no end in sight, for a retail store, wouldn't be worth all the benefits in the world. Not a bad temp job, though. Very temp. I did it for about 3 hours today. That should hold me for a while. Too bad those 3 hours didn't come with more pay and an eye exam.