Temp: Life in the Stagnant Lane

Temp: Life in the Stagnant Lane

by Scott Nagele


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"Local Boy Makes Good, Dies of Trying Soon After."

Fearful of this epitaph, Gary Gray seeks to avoid career pressures by working as a temp. Unfortunately, Gary repeatedly gets into trouble by being too conscientious and outperforming the permanent employees. No matter how hard Gary tries to be a meek office worker, he can't seem to stop himself from becoming a competitive threat to his co-workers and superiors. Meanwhile, Gary's girlfriend is smart and beautiful, and he just might be able to hold onto her if he can stay employed and quit accidentally mooning her mom.

Gary runs afoul of a host of difficult characters in the workplace. Marge Meko is thoroughly incompetent, but she has "the goods" on the boss, so she easily gets away with blaming her errors on Gary. Marge's boss, Steve, wants all problems swept under the rug before they become an inconvenience to his cushy position. Rae is a secretary with an overblown ego, intent on consolidating power by crushing all her perceived competitors. Gary is convinced that College President Burton is a mere figurehead, pulled from the ranks of the indigent and propped up by Rae, the power behind the throne. Through his trials Gary comes to the amazing revelation that it may actually be less painful to die trying than to live the "easy" life of the temp.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453774373
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/17/2010
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Scott Nagele grew up in the Mohawk Valley of New York State where he spent his childhood trekking through the woods in search of Iroquois warriors, and in denial that he was 200 years too late. After he finished up with that, he went away to attend Michigan State University, where he got a degree in Telecommunication. He started his post-collegiate work life as a temp. He also spent a number of years in retail management. His previous novel is Wasted Moons: Man vs. 1997. Scott resides in Michigan with his wife and two-year-old son. When the boy gets a little older his dad will likely take him out to the woods so they can search for Huron warriors together, because the Huron can certainly be no more elusive than the Iroquois were.

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