Why Are You Pissed Off Today?

Fwiffo

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Last week when I was Vienna, my CEO didn't quite understand in a European canteen you have to get your own tray and cutlery, I got his cutlery for him. Yesterday when we were in a hotel conference room he was at the head round table by himself because he was doing all the speaking. When lunch break happened, I grabbed a chair from his table and put it in front of one that had people for him. Similarly when my boss arrived jet lagged from the plane, I made sure he got back to the hotel with Uber.

Maybe it's my sense of hierarchy but it's just something I do.

Now on to my own department. I had an issue today and I thought my folks would resolve it on their own. Suffice to say when people from other offices checked on us and no one replied, I waited a bit to see if they were expecting me to. Soon I'm getting calls from Thailand asking what's going on. Finally I walked out to the one chap still at his desk at 1800. I asked why he hasn't replied and he said as he checked his computer that he had apparently drafted a reply but it was hidden behind a few windows and he forgot to send it. I had to stand in front of someone two levels below me to get him to send a bloody e-mail.
 

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Now on to my own department. I had an issue today and I thought my folks would resolve it on their own. Suffice to say when people from other offices checked on us and no one replied, I waited a bit to see if they were expecting me to. Soon I'm getting calls from Thailand asking what's going on. Finally I walked out to the one chap still at his desk at 1800. I asked why he hasn't replied and he said as he checked his computer that he had apparently drafted a reply but it was hidden behind a few windows and he forgot to send it. I had to stand in front of someone two levels below me to get him to send a bloody e-mail.
Frightful.
 

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One death and a death foretold this week. The one who's got the terminal illness broke down crying in front of the missus today, he is a godparent of one of the kids. A couple of years back someone said he would burn out, not through drink or drugs, but just the intensity of his interest in life and getting involved. He was singing at some concert last week too. He was closing in on retirement, just inherited his mother's estate which left him loaded and with a decent penthouse and now he has a couple of years max to enjoy it and no golden years for him. Sad.

The other one was one of the ladies who was going to set me up on a sexual harassment ticket, she had pancreas cancer and died the other week. Can't say I will miss her, but I feigned a look of concern, horror, how very sad, but really couldn't give that much of damn. I'm old enough to have little compassion if any for my enemies. My time on the road ahead is shorter than I would like and I have no time to tolerate empathy with those who would kick me in the balls.
 

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The other one was one of the ladies who was going to set me up on a sexual harassment ticket, she had pancreas cancer and died the other week. Can't say I will miss her, but I feigned a look of concern, horror, how very sad, but really couldn't give that much of damn. I'm old enough to have little compassion if any for my enemies. My time on the road ahead is shorter than I would like and I have no time to tolerate empathy with those who would kick me in the balls.
I thought I had #metoo issues. What did you do or didn't do?
 

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I'm sitting on the runway waiting to take off at the most pony airport in the world.
 

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I thought I had #metoo issues. What did you do or didn't do?
The first thing was to avoid being alone or near them without several witnesses. I even left the office to avoid this situation.

The next was a waiting game, as it was just a case of waiting for them to mess up individually. The first one following a fatal accident issued a report to a client before it was properly reviewed or compiled by the witness. That was enough to get rid. The other threw a wobbler and went to work for a client later. I actually think there was a third conspirator, one of the other directors who saw me, quite rightly as a threat and had promised the first lady my position (as if). He go cancer soon after and is no more.
 

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My mother has eight siblings and the one closest in age to her lives in another province. They have a kid, my younger cousin, who is getting married. They wanted to have a wedding dinner here in my hometown for us relatives, and then jet off to their destination wedding in the Caribbean. None of us are invited to the Caribbean. My relatives start showing up to the dinner at 1800. An hour into it one of my second cousins gets a message on her mobile that the wedding party - bride and groom - aren't landing till 2300. Their flight was cancelled. No one there knows whether to start the dinner. No one knows who is footing the bill. The restaurant staff are moaning that people can't just stand around a booked event and delay indefinitely. It turns out the wankers are on an 8am flight the next morning so waiting for them was a moot point because they have to get to the airport at 6 for their flight out. The cynic in me is pissed this is clearly a "fundraising" wedding dinner. At least arrive the day before to make it look like you're not just stepping out of the airport to rape us for money.
 

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How is is it a fund-raising dinner?
Because it's customary to make a monetary donation when you get invited to a catered and paid event.

I would have handed over $1000 which is par for a first cousin for me.
 

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January - I had to move and clean up my old flat and my new one because the previous tenants were filthy.
February - I had to pack up everything for pipe renovations.
March - I had to pack up everything because my landlord took two weeks to paint after the renovations.
April - Furniture deliveries
May - Refrigerator breaks
 

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Because it's customary to make a monetary donation when you get invited to a catered and paid event.

I would have handed over $1000 which is par for a first cousin for me.
Never heard of it. Is it some quaint Canadian Custom.
 

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I swear I have to escalate and hand hold and push everything my department is doing...every tiny thing.
 

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Such is the burden of command. It's lonely and that's why those in the past use to get ulcers.
Today I got into a shouting match with one of my directs because he felt threatened my message was shut this bloody infernal down or else...

He said it was disrespectful. Are you kidding me? I asked you to do it last night, you argued back, conceded to do it in the morning and 930 when I left for a meeting it was still going since I came in at 730.
 

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I keep some of my Airbnb toiletries at the office and I just realized I haven’t done this commute for so long that I am missing some hair stuff.
 

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Not so much pissed off, as sad.

On Friday, I discovered that one of my friends died on Wednesday night, as he somehow fell from his fifth-floor balcony. He lived in an older apartment and the balcony railings were a bit lower than is the usual standard nowadays, and he was fairly tall, too, and so had a higher centre of gravity.

I don't know how it actually happened, but he's left behind a wife and two kids who are still in high school. Shockingly sudden and, of course, entirely avoidable which makes it even worse.
 

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Wow, that’s awful. What a sad way to go. I know it may sound trite, but I am sorry for your loss and his family’s.
 
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