Thats What She Said

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Train of Fools July 19, 2007

Filed under: *Daily — thats what she said @ 3:38 pm

Do you ever have that moment, when you are trying to explain something to someone, and you suddenly realize that while you may understand your task well enough to complete it, you don’t really have any idea how to explain it to someone else?

Lately I am having that moment approximately every 4 minutes. Its like I’m having contractions of dumbness—and I’m terrified that they’re getting closer together. I’ve been doing this job for about two years now, and contrary to anything I’ve ever said or written about it, I do it fairly well. Certainly my bosses have never complained. But I’ve never had a burning desire to work in telecom—in fact, the only reason I work in telecom is because I DID have a burning desire not to be employed by Barnes & Asshole any longer. I’ve learned some telecom stuff, some of which is moderately interesting, and some of which isn’t. But I suppose I never fully mentally committed to this job—from the beginning I knew I’d only be here until I figured my shit out.

Well, it would appear that I’ve figured some of my shit out, and as a result I get to quit my job. What is that opposite of that saying ‘every cloud has a silver lining’? Is there a saying like that? I need one, because quitting my job? It’s like this great big puffy cloud of happiness. But this puffy white cloud is also lined, and with something other than silver. Because the downside of quitting the job I hate am ready to leave is that I have to train my replacement. And having to train my replacement means being forced to realize that there are many things that I do here without concern for logic or explanations. I just do them. Because I am told to do them. And until now that method has worked out just fine for me.

It turns out that when explaining your daily tasks to a fresh-faced newbie in mind numbing detail, it helps a lot if you actually know those mind numbing details. Whoops. And so it is a bit like the blind leading the blind around here, only the blind person in front is trying to play it off like they’re not blind. The blind person in front is all No, he’s not a service dog! He’s just really well trained. Anyway what do you know? You’re blind.’ I’m not entirely convinced that the blind person in back is buying it.

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8 Responses to “Train of Fools”

  1. Really, NOTHING Changes Says:

    I experience that nearly every time I get asked a tech or PC question that rises beyond “How do I turn this thing on?”…

    Matter of fact, it happens whenever I’m asked for directions, too. Guess that means I really don’t know where I’m going or where I’ve been, or what was in between.

    You can always fall back on my favorite Official Federal Government Designee response – “We’ve ALWAYS done it that way, so just do it and quit bothering me.”. Works Great!

  2. Dr. Jones Says:

    i am in the process of being the blind person in the back for two, count them two jobs right now. i do not like being blind. hopefully i will see the light any minute.

  3. TLMQ Says:

    Training blows, man. It is really hard to keep from telling the new person “run away! this job sucks! what are you even doing here? this lady’s a crazy person!”

  4. T-Bone Says:

    While training is excruciatingly awful, you need to try to focus on the fact that you have a bigger, brighter silver lining than most right now. You get to not only quit this job, but leave it and all the related bullshit completely behind. And that my friend, is one of the best feelings in life.

    PS- Dr. J – I am so excited you get to be blind here! Hooray!

  5. Grandmaster Flash Says:

    Agreed, T-Bone…here’s to leaving the bullshit behind!

  6. Well, I am of course SUPER excited to leave this job behind, but lets not forget that I’m going to work for the United States government. I’m sure there will be some bullshit in my future. But amen to new and different bullshit!

  7. Kit Kat Says:

    I currently work for the government. And yes, there is bullshit. It’s just more official and hard to circumnavigate.

  8. Dr. Jones Says:

    if there’s one thing i hate, it’s bullshit. unfortunately, i think every job has a certain amount of it. it doesn’t matter how awesome your job is, there will always be at least a little bullshit. and as a current trainee, i am so used to knowing everything and being able to do everything and answer any question that anyone asks and knowing where everything is and all that, it is so hard to just not know anything. but the one thing i do know is that i will know everything soon.


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