Song: Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
Artist: John Lennon
Album: Walls And Bridges
Today’s Quote: “…man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much – the wheel, New York, wars and so on – whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man – for precisely the same reasons.” ~ Douglas Adams
Normally, when I’m off work for a week, the time flies by and, all too soon, it’s time to return to the daily grind. This time around time seemed to drag on by in slow motion but still had the same end result, I’ve got to go back to work sooner than I had really wanted. To be perfectly honest, I don’t want to go back to work, not really. I no longer see my job as a series of challenges and opportunities. Now it’s a daily series of obstacles and frustrations that must be endured until it’s time to go home.
One of the objectives on my annual review is being innovative and being on the leading edge of technology. I find I really don’t have the time to keep up on all the various technologies that are currently in use or on the horizon. I find it difficult enough to find the time to learn and become comfortable with the technology I’ve been tasked to support, let alone anything new. In general, my technological research tends to be problem specific, that is, I’m looking for answers for a specific problem. If I stumble across something new and cool, that’s great. But my focus is on finding the answer to the current problem. I’m in the dark about most new developments unless they have a direct impact on what I’m dealing with in the here and now. Otherwise, I don’t concern myself with it.
In recent months, new systems and technologies have been introduced. While I loathed the systems they’ve replaced, I’m not sure I like the new stuff any better. I feel as though I’ve lost what little bit of control I once had over the process. Much of that feeling could stem from the fact I’m not familiar with it yet, something that’s unlikely to change as no one seems to feel that proper training is worth the expense. So, in the meantime, I plod along, dealing with the issues as best I can, half-assed at best. More new systems are being brought in that have great potential to make life in IT much easier but unless they are properly implemented with the right training and documentation, I’m rather pessimistic about them. I don’t want to do my job in a half-assed manner but most of the time I feel like it’s out of my control and I’m overwhelmed.
Sorry to be such a downer today.
A man wakes up in the hospital, bandaged from head to foot.
The doctor comes in and says, “Ah, I see you’ve regained consciousness. Now, you probably won’t remember, but you were in a pile-up on the freeway. You’re going to be okay, you’ll walk again and everything, but….. Something happened. I’m trying to break this gently, but the fact is, your willy was chopped off in the wreck, and we were unable to find it.”
The man groans, but the doctor goes on, “You’ve got $9000 in insurance compensation coming to you, and we have the technology now to build you a new willy that will work as well as your old one did – better in fact! But the thing is, it doesn’t come cheap. It’s $1000 an inch.”
The man perks up at this.
“So,” the doctor says, “it’s for you to decide how many inches you want. But it’s something you’d better discuss with your wife. I mean, if you had a five inch one before, and you decide to go for a nine incher, she might be a bit put out. But if you had a nine inch one before, and you decide only to invest in a five incher this time, she might be disappointed. So it’s important that she plays a role in helping you make the decision.”
The man agrees to talk with his wife. The doctor comes back the next day.
“So,” says the doctor, “have you spoken with your wife?”
“I have,” says the man.
“And has she helped you in making the decision?”
“She has,” says the man.
“And what is it?” asks the doctor.
“We’re getting a new kitchen.”