Saturday, 23 June 2007

Drama, chaos, pathos and plain insanity...

Quote of the week by a strong, smart woman….

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Damn straight Eleanor

What a week it has been. There has been drama, chaos, pathos and plain and utter psychotic insanity. I now believe that everyone I work with is either on drugs or need to be or I need to drink more. I have had a Sales Manager crying over the line, screaming over the line and then very quietly in a low, disturbing voice telling me it’s all because the planets aren’t in alignment. Okay. Sure. Why not? Lets all blame the planets for the insanity during the week. God forbid anyone takes blame for their own stuff ups. And there have been a lot of those. Not be me. I would like to say it is because I am too perfect but it’s more that I have lucky ability to see a stuff up and fix it before anyone notices – that or creatively hide it.

Anyway the week started with an office coup – as all the best weeks do. People trying to shaft someone else to get a better job, outcome, car space. If there is not an office coup being planned or staged I become very bored as the people bunging on said coup like to sidle up and tell you what’s happening before it happens. People trust me. I have a policy of if you have nothing good to say then come and see me. Anyway the office coup this week was about one group of people trying to oust another group. It is still ongoing because both groups are not good at the whole takeover thing. I have enjoyed it as it’s better than going to the theatre. Office coup aside, the office bitch has been psychotic all week. One minute I am to blame for everything and the next I am her best friend then it goes back to the blame thing. I have just ignored her and stockpiled her insane, mouth frothing emails to use against her at another time. I like to be proactive.

But it just has not been the staff that have been cracking up under the non alignment of planets thing, the customers have been too. I do a scheduling/forecasting thing as my day job – most annoying as it gets in the way of my writing but there is it. One has to earn money to pay the pesky bills. Scheduling/forecasting is really like flying by the seat of your pants. You know logically what should happen but people aren’t logical and forecasting is throwing a dart against a dart board and hoping it sticks. All week just before something was due to be scheduled out for delivery, I kept getting frantic phones like “Can you send the 500 you were going to send to Upper Wagga now to Lower Ulla Dulla and 2000 for South Oonadatta to West Thargarmindah.” This has involved me running all over the warehouse. I don’t like to run. I am not built for it. When my mother was a trainee nurse she was told by the Matron “Only run if there is a haemorrhage or fire.” I like to stick to this principle. So I did a lot of running this week which had to be compensated by eating chocolate.

Today I am heading west to the mountains to visit my father in a retirement village. It’s more like a luxury setting for retired folks who live independently in their own houses in a senior’s community. They are all insane up there but they don’t care. It’s one of the perks of being old and I am looking forward to it. I want to retire and do what I want, pretend to be deafer than I am to avoid questions I don’t want to answer and terrorize people on my motorized scooter. But that’s years and years away. For now I will say hallelujah it’s the weekend, wonder what drama the coming week will bring and make a mental note to buy popcorn to eat while the drama enfolds. Who needs the movies? Real life is spin out.
Go ahead: Live with abandon. Be outrageous at any age. What are you saving your best self for?


anny cook said...

Yes, that's exactly what the elders in my family are like. Only they're out busy driving around in their motor homes, taking the insanity on the road.

I, on the other hand have to wait another year before the hubbie's retirement begins before I can do likewise.