Not My Problem!

Posted on January 31, 2012
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Today I was supposed to be sequestered in a room calculating dealer evaluations with no interruptions. The Vice President of Dealers appointed for me this week of sober reflection and careful deliberation, and reserved for me a room in the Executive Wing for this sole purpose. The same Vice President also cancelled that reservation without telling me, so I felt like an idiot when I asked for it yesterday. Not that I have needed it; I’ve just felt awfully guilty about all the other work I’ve done for the Vice President of Marketing during my week of dedication. David is the VP of Marketing, my boss or the boss of my boss, depending on how I am talking. Coincidentally, I spent more of the day today doing things for the VP of Marketing.

This is all very well for today. I can still get the necessary things done for the  annual grand magnificent dealer evaluation ritual. If we keep on this way, though, the available time will run out.

It’s a small trial. I’ve run short on big ones just at the moment. My immediate supervisor has picked up that lot, fiercely attacking the most baffling questions that demand as much imagination as information. It’s quite proper for him to do so. Since he has responsibility for coming up with the solutions it has cut me free to think of every possible complexity, and I think I am doing him a bit of a disservice by sprouting obstacles and entanglements every direction he wants to run.

Homewrecker

Posted on January 30, 2012
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Today I kept my boss from going home to put his kids to bed. Yep, Work First. That’s me.

He walked back into our work area with one of the bloodhounds from accounting. (I call him a bloodhound because he is very diligent at follow up and refuses to be brushed aside with vague assurances. Darn him to heck.)  They were discussing a big, world-peace type of question which I didn’t think was currently in discussion. I asked if I could butt in and was allowed to do so

It turned out that not only were we discussing a big world-peace type of question, but we had to have an answer tomorrow. Some of my initial suggestions were complicated analyses that might show something useful or might show nothing at all. But if the result has to be tomorrow, I know that tricky uncertain analyses are not the way to go. There is no direct data to go on that isn’t subject to interpretation in favor of either argument, or just as likely the result of a choice rather than the basis for a choice.

When you haven’t got the resources for an argument from evidence, you must make an argument from rhetoric or authority. My sense of effective rhetoric is consistently wrong, so we had to go for Authority. I suggested we ask Mr. Jeff Leggett. We agreed, though, that this could keep us very, very late. Mr. Jeff Leggett knows a lot and shares liberally.

I went and fetched him without even being asked.

Generic Weekend of Doom

Posted on January 29, 2012
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Today I did what I was supposed to do: I took a practice GMAT. According to the practice test scoring, I got 99th percentile in Verbal but something much lower in Quantitative–forties I think. I only got about 2/3 of the way through the questions. Total was 83rd percentile if I recall.

It didn’t make my weekend feel longer or more productive or anything. My weekend, gone already..!

I have been running a little conceit on these posts in the ‘Today’ series. Each post is 256 words, as measured by WordPress’ built-in word count function. There’s some lag in the function and it sometimes does crazy jumps, but it seems to be accurate if I save the draft and let it recalculate. Theoretically the word count is a low, reachable limit so I have no excuse not to write. Practically speaking, I’ve just hit my stride by 256 words and I often drop a subject right in the middle. Theoretically, the word limit forces me to improve my style by removing useless words; practically, I sometimes insert a fluffy word to hit the magic number

I think interrupting my writing in stride is actually the best thing my little convention has done; once I get a head of steam up I can carry a topic too far, sinking hours into exploring the nuances. At least I imagine I am exploring the nuances while writing; afterward many such rambles just look disorderly.

I am not requiring all posts to obey this stricture, but it helps to keep my on pace.

Footnotes

Posted on January 29, 2012
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A couple of links I may want to revisit with commentary later, saved for myself right here on my own blog:

Brant: Will God Protect My Kids? and Breakfast and Honesty.

Matthew Paul Turner: Spiritual Abuse Must Stop (with the two part story linked in the lead).

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