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So Now You Know

Apparently, I can only run with the fish and swimming analogies for two days. Today, I’ve got nothing.

No writing tonight.  Today was one of those days where I used up all my brain power getting through the day job.  I love my day job.  I’m good at it.  I work with great people.  And there is never a dull moment.  (I think I had a slow day in April of 2003.)  Sometimes, however, the emergencies of the day can suck the life right out of you, especially since my workload and other obligations seesaws between the stages of “holy crap” and “kill me now”.  Since there are people counting on me and I don’t have time to be paralyzed with fear, these days I just sigh a lot.

When I first came to this workgroup, no one could read me.  That was fine by me, but it creeped out certain members of the team.  Seven years later, some have gotten to know me well enough to gauge my mood or thoughts from a look on my face or a hello on the telephone.  They’re pretty good at it, too.  Darn them.

Anyway, today was one of those days. Not only is there a lot of work, I’m trying to clear my desk to leave for vacation.  Double whammy.  Which is just enough stress to knock out some of my internal filters that keep me from saying what I really think when I explain the same thing over and over again.  On days like today, there’s a greater possibility that I’ll say something like “Sure, I could tell you how to do it.  Did you read the email I sent?  Was I not clear in my instructions?” unless it’s the president or one of the company VPs or anyone else who couldn’t take it.

All right, so most people.  But even if I don’t say it, I’m thinking it.

So now you know.  I can’t carry a fish/swimming metaphor for more than two days, and if you’re perceptive, you won’t bug me when I look extremely busy and sigh a lot.  If you’re not perceptive, go ahead and call me a half dozen times.  My staff love to watch a good show.

Categories: Random Thoughts

2 replies

  1. My question is…how do they know that you’re trying to clean off your desk and get out of dodge? How do they know that is exactly the right time to call you to say your budget projection is $100,000 off or they have a great idea to schedule several hour long meetings for the first of the year that really should be done now.

    It’s a gift. It’s like how I used just know to start asking my mom stupid questions when she was at the last 10 pages of her book.

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