Monday, August 26, 2013

Once more into the caucus race

The big breakthrough on my big project at work finally came last Friday, which explains why I failed to post anything then: I was actually busy working! And that has remained the case today, which further explains why this post is going to be short. Not that I’m complaining, mind.

Well, all right, technically I am going to complain because just when I was building up a nice head of steam to finally put the big bad project to rest once and for all, I got locked out of my classified workstation. Yes, again. That puts a bit of a damper on my enthusiasm, not to mention my ability to actually get stuff done. Granted, this particular snafu got cleared up relatively quickly last time it happened, and presumably will be handled with similar expedience this time, but still. Come ON.

It occurred to me some time in the past few weeks that if I experienced this many runarounds and delays and stonewalls and this level of general indifference in any other aspect of my life, I would walk away. If my bank dealt with me the way the IT support at my job deals with me, I’d close out all my accounts and find a new bank. I’d switch cable providers, find a new auto shop, buy my groceries from a different chain, cease frequenting a restaurant. I’ve switched daycare centers over less aggravation than this. But of course I’m not a customer in this scenario, I’m a government contractor, and it’s an entirely loopier looking-glass world over here.

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