Monday, November 29, 2010

Just Because It's Monday

The More You Know!
If you have phone problems it is apparently best to NOT call in while you are having a problem, but rather to wait until lunch time on the following Monday and then gripe like it's the end of the world.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

IAMFAIL November 25th, 2010

The Pilgrims sometimes had to resort to "Gravy Boarding" the turkeys to get the information they needed.
The things I see written on twitter which inspire me *sigh*.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and may God's blessings be on you all!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

IAMFAIL November 24th, 2010

The dreaded "Triple Dog Dare!"

Sometimes goofy conversations can be inspiration.  Yesterday I was talking on twitter with my buddy @MarshallSheldon when stopped replying.  I fired off a couple of attention getter tweets and he responded that he had gotten distracted licking the bus window.

I think the illustration sums it up better.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Situation Normal

Not griping, just amazed.

PHONECO does mainly online training and one of my co-workers took a course on the system I support.  He made the statement that he "Passed the test but couldn't figure out how to add a phone to his system now."

This guy is no dummy, he reads ISO recommendations and understands them, got his CWNA, has taught classes in VoIP for years and has written countless documentation for PHONECO.  This is just an example of how crappy the training is.  We cannot make upper management realize you can't sit a person down in front of what is (basically) a 12 hour Power Point Project and expect them to do anything other than follow the steps a to b to c.

That would be great, but if you don't know why you HAVE to go a to b to c instead of b to a to c (which may work sometimes) and why, they will fail on installation of the new PBX.  Go over budget.  Speak poorly of it.  Cause others to hate it.

In other words FAIL.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I Have A Theory

I have a theory concerning Charles Shultz's Peanuts Gang.  For years these beloved hooligans have amused us with their shenanigans, but I have recently become concerned about their activities.  I think we have been duped my friends.

I do not take the dismantling of one of America's most beloved groups lightly, but the truth must be revealed.

First off, I need to let everyone in on the truth.  The Peanuts Gang is just that, a GANG.  Why have we overlooked this through the years?  If they were a group of elementary aged kids joined the Crips or the Bloods now would we?  Just because the criminal organization is referred to as the "Peanuts Gang" doesn't mean their motives are pure.

Example number one is the one referred to as "Peppermint Patty.
Wholesome? You be the judge.

"Patty" appears to be some over-masculine freestyling young lady who is destined to not shave her legs and do all her shopping at Sprouts.

Furthermore she is followed by her life partner "Marcy" who calls her "Sir" non stop.

This isn't coming out of the closet, this is standing in the closet with the door open while your life partner shines a spotlight on you.

Mixing a little meth in the bathtub instead of bathing?
Next up is our little buddy, PIGPEN!

Pigpen is always dirty and while no one brings it up odds are good the he is a hard core tweaker. 

So who is responsible for all the trouble?  Do I really need to point it out?                 

That's right! Charlie Brown!
YOU BLOCKHEAD! (Or should I say HEAD?)

Ever notice the Christmas Tree? Not much of a tree huh?  That's because IT HAS FIVE FREAKING LEAVES!!!

They were firing up a HEMP Christmas Tree?  WHERE ARE THE ADULTS????                                                                          

Monday, November 08, 2010

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Wondering Where The Unicorn Farts Are

THE WIFE noticed I hadn't posted the fact our middle son got to meet the Blue Angles this weekend.  I just replied I hadn't had much time to blog, which is the truth.  Another truth is I am getting tired of whining about everything.

I used to talk to her about what went on at work, but my job is so technical and boring that she redirects the conversation when I try to vent.  I'm not saying she doesn't let me talk about work or let me vent, but the fact is I just can't get it all out.  I can't clear the frustration.

Politically I think our country has made some huge mistakes which we will be paying for, for years to come.  I know PHONECO is screwed.  so basically no mater where I turn I feel like the battle is lost.

Let me give you an example or two.

I'm working an issue where I have a guy doing an install that can't get something to work.  I'm trying to be his one stop solution to make things work rather than bouncing him from dept to dept.  I got an email Friday that I needed to follow up on older tickets, then another email this morning, then in the afternoon my supervisor came by and told em I have more tickets than anyone that haven't been cleared yet.

So, in the morning my first priority is to clear all these tickets out and make sure I don't open tickets according to the priorities set out by our management, but rather by what priorities will not show up in the report they run twice a day.

So, this customer suffers because I have to handle my paperwork.

Stupid right? Yeah, I agree.

The feeling I have no one I can talk to is the depressing side of things and that is where I am right now.  I have no out, no escape.  I have to keep my job for the benefits and the salary.  I could leave the job and immediately go to work at another company (If anyone from PHONECO is reading this, YES I HAVE HAD AN OFFER so screw off).  The problem is I go on the road and probably wind up divorced.

THE WIFE and I are having enough problems trying to keep Fridays open so I can help with a men's group for my church.

I just am tired.  Tired of trying to do a good job and feeling like I am failing.  Tired of trying to not care and not being able too.  Tired of having a good work ethic and being a loyal employee while I get dicked around by managers who are playing games.

My main thing I long for is when I finally turn my notice in and then my manager offers me money to stay  (Granted he might not, but knowing the shape his dept is in, where I am the only guy with an American accent, I think he will.) and I turn it down.  I've taken too many "For the team" and to "Enhance my career."  These "Great career moves" are why I can't go to the damn Physical therapist and have been living on pain killers for the last five years.  Why I can't get a normal exercise routine in and get below 300 pounds so I can stop hurting all the time.

I better stop now.  I'm not going to eat a bullet of chew up a hand full of pills, but I am so sick of dealing with people, it seems like a nice thought.

But then, who would tell you all fart jokes?

America Is Filled With Idiots

Watch this video and cry for our country because these idiots are voters.

Hooray to the one guy who understood the difference between Keynesian and Kenyan.