Thursday, April 12, 2007

How To Build Your Own Coffin-Barometer

I know a secret. Isn't that fabulous. And I'm dying to share it ... but I can't. I doubt it's even something that would interest most of you, but it sure interests me. Thanks Daddio, for spilling the beans ;)

And so far today is (mostly) a fantabulous day. Here's a quick "Thanks" to the Traffic Gods who made this morning's traffic seem as though everyone who was back at work yesterday is now on Easter Break again!

But then I had to deal with an Idiot Work Person ... let's call him Smither's. He's a complete waste of space, so much so that I barely know he works here. Except for the odd occasion I have to deal with him and he goes off on one of those typical boy power trips. When you ask for something truly simple to be done, it can take him days ... because he's oh-so busy with his other high and mighty tasks. Luckily I don't have to deal with him often, but this morning he sent me a reply email blah blah-ing on about how we need to tell them when we're accessing their database. Hello, we are decomissioning the software that currently accesses it and our software is taking over that role. He should be well aware we're accessing his data! Obvious.

It should hurt to be stupid. I think I need a T-Shirt printed with that slogan!

Oooh, and in other exciting work news - well, sort of exciting drama for me, I guess. I'm sure I've mentioned our Idiot Project Manager before ... I need a name for him, because there are so many I may need to differentiate ;) But let me give you some background ...

Originally we had Crazy Lady the Project Manager. But since she is not results-driven (ie. we never hit one deliverable) she was promptly removed. And the company did a stupid thing, they hired a new Project Manager from the company who's software we are working on. Enter Idiot PM on stage right. Now to say that TheBrad & I had a personality clash with Idiot PM from the start would be ... completely true. It's been a rocky road since then but we've muddled thru and although he takes things personally and I find him patronising and condescending, for the most part we've got our work done. Unfortunately for him, although I like my work to be appreciated, sending me a "Thank-you" email with 8 exclamation marks doesn't quite do it for me.

In a fabulous quote Varen sent me a while ago: "multiple exclamation marks are a sure sign of a diseased mind". Pahahahahah. Best I stop using too many then ;)

Anyway, things have been getting rather more strained lately and yesterday he & TheBrad got into an email war. And this is fab for me because I get to be the one lying-low, for a change! Basically in response to a heated email TheBrad sent, Idiot PM replied that he should now see why we kept changing Project Managers and that this could be the last nail in his coffin.

TheBrad and I are wondering if we should stick a picture of a coffin on the wall and add new nails every few days ... as a sort of count-down ;) I think it would be hilarious!

Last night was fairly uneventful, managed to get to my Bikram Yoga class on time and it was fabulous, although it does leave me too exhausted for much else. Loulou made yummy Nachos for dinner last night. Spectacular. And other than that I did nothing but read my book.

Although I did chat to Varen a little. Randomly smsed him to say hi and it turned out he was in hospital with food poisoning! so he had a far more eventful yet less pleasant evening than me.


Nico van Rensburg said...

and i would've got away with it if it wasn't for those pesky kids
-- scooby doo


phillygirl said...

Only you & I know what that comment is about. And again I'm sorry for the alleged invasion of your privacy ... but you can't put it out there for the world to see and just exclude me :) I'm sneaky like that!

Nico van Rensburg said...

not really an invasion babe, just makes writing about you weird. either way life goes on. and we'll see where this ship sails..

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