Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's been a most trying time

My apologies for being away so long. I've had a series of back-to-back meetings day after day for the past two weeks and when I'm not in a meeting, I'm preparing for the meetings--ordering the lunch, setting up the room, gathering materials, making packets, etc. Add to this that our company's big annual fundraiser is just around the corner and you get one stressed out Laurie Ann.

Do you remember the comic strip "Bloom County"? It is one of my all-time favorites. One of my favorite strips is an early one in which a Hare Krishna tries to solicit a donation from Opus. See below. You may have to click on it to make it large enough to read.

I totally felt like that Hare Krishna today. Here's a conversation that occurred between a co-worker and me.

Coming around the corner, our heroine spots the elusive, ninja-like IT tech guy, Allen, and seizes the opportunity to inform him of a delivery.

Me: Allen, we got two more boxes of those computer cords. They're in the lobby.
Allen: Computer cords?
Me: Yeah, you know that box that came in on Monday? From Flexi-something?
Allen: Monday?
Me: Yes. It came in on Monday and David put it in the file storage room. Go look at it.
Allen: [blank stare]
Me: Go see what box I'm talking about, or just go out to the lobby and get those two.
Allen: lobby?
Me: Yes, the lobby. You know, where the receptionist is? It's not that big an office.
Allen: huh?
Me: [in the most exasperated tone you can possibly imagine] OH MY GOD, ALLEN! Just go get the boxes from the lobby and do something with them!!

Our heroine storms back to her office in frustration. Tech Ninja walks away chuckling. Asshole.

Later, I was talking to a friend in my office, facing the door, when I saw Allen walking by and doing a strange lunge move. I watched him a for a few minutes with a quizzical dog-looking-at-a-ceiling-fan expression until my friend said, nonchalantly, "practicing his bowling moves. You'd think he'd be better at it." And we're the normal ones on our floor.

3 comments:

woolanthropy said...

Hairy fishnuts?!

that cracks me up.

practicing bowling moves at work...very interesting group you got there.

foolery said...

"You'd think he'd be better at it." HA! That's FUNNY.

I think I grew up with Allen, only his name wasn't Allen and he isn't a tech and he doesn't bowl, But otherwise, it's a match.

Thanks for visiting me today, Laurie Ann.

-- Laurie NOT Ann

MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Pear pimples for hairy fishnuts. That's rich!! Of course, I'm always voicing my wish for wings that work - and nobody gets it. 'Cept mebbe you.

And also? I think general cluelessness vis-a-vis normal human interaction is a requirement for IT folk. Really. We had one here that could actually carry on a conversation, and he just got sacked. The other two nerdturtles are still plodding along...