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Posted by | Posted in The 9-To-5 Droll | Posted on 03-03-2009

“… and above all we do… not… fanny… about!”

Christmas tree update – it’s down! It only took two solid months, but our Christmas tree has finally been taken down. I personally wanted to see it stay up until March at least, but apparently it was just too big not to notice, and someone took it upon themselves to stick it back up into the loft. Perhaps we’ll break the record next year.

Although it’s only Tuesday, I’ve seen a fair amount of office politics being undertaken this week. It’s not something that I’m used to seeing to be honest, despite having worked in an office for just over two years. I’ve come to realise just how much fannying about is done. If people had fewer agendas of their own, and concentrated on having everything out in the open, I believe people would be a lot more productive.

Take, for example, something that’s going on here at work this week. Some external users of our systems have asked for “something” to be done about “something” (I use the word “something” in place of actual details because, as always, nobody has told me any specifics). Now, in order to fulfill the request by the external users, the managers need to draw up a specification of what needs to be done, and in order to do that they need to know how things currently work. But being managers, they dont have the foggiest. So, in their wisdom, they hazard a guess as to what currently happens, and ask me to produce some information that confirms their theories.

Of course, when they get said information, it turns out to be different to what they were expecting, and hence, useless in aiding them to achieve their goals. But, rather than simply telling me (or anyone else who might be able to help) what it is they need to do, they start clutching at straws and keep coming back to me, asking for various bits of information which takes an age to figure out and ultimately ends up being a waste of time. Coupled with that, is the fact that it was the very same managers who decided how these things should work in the first place, and they’re turning to me to tell them the how’s and the why’s. Oh, and I forgot to mention, I didn’t even work here when these decisions were made, so they’re effectively asking me to look into my crystal ball and figure out why they decided to make everything do the things they do. Wonderful.

If they’d just tell me exactly what they needed to do, there’s a possibility that I can show them the information that they need to know, as well as telling them how those things work, and that might save an awful lot of fannying about.

I forgot to mention UKTA radio yesterday. Admittedly, I didn’t blog at all yesterday, but if I’d remembered the radio thing, I would have posted a brief message about it. From what I heard there were some good sets, and some classic tunes were played. Much to my annoyance, the web address for the links to the radio stream has changed, so I’ve updated this blog with the correct link (again).

I missed most of the sets last night because I was pumpin iron down the gym, as has become usual for a Monday evening. After countless weeks, the peck deck is finally operational again, and so today I woke up with my pecks feeling like they’d been steam-rollered. With that machine being out of order for over a month, and the lack of replacement in the meantime, I guess I’ve not worked certain muscles as hard as others, and so I’ll suffer more because of it. At least it gives me something to look out for in the future.

In relation to the America trip I have planned for the summer, it’s become apparent that there are a fair few “hidden” charges when it comes to flights and car hire. Quite why they do this, and legally get away with it, I don’t know, but it means I have to keep a keen eye on the prices for everything while planning this little outting. I’m hoping to find a rental site that just states exactly how much everything is going to cost up front, as I don’t want to arrive at The Big A and find that on top of the $1200 it’ll cost me to hire a car, that I need to pay Engine Noise Tax (or something equally ridiculous) on top. I’m not gonna let that deter me though, even though our plans for the trip have changed somewhat because of the costs involved.

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