Biking has been an excellent way to dissipate some of the stress at work. When that fails, I rely on my trusty sidekick, humor. Some inadvertant snippets from this week…
To our IT person, regarding a problem I’ve had with email since we installed the new CRM system:
Typically my use pattern is I get an email and start editing a response. Another email comes in. I may jump over to that. Often, when I return, one of three things happens: someone’s responded, I decide it’s quicker to walk over and have an actual conversation, or I lose interest in responding.
To the company designer, After Yet Another Bleeping Debate about where a project feature needs to reside in our home-spun project management software. You can still smell the restraint:
I’ve renamed the project feature to [something that sounds infinitely more fun and visibly demonstrable] and assigned it a negative hours so it will fuel everything we want to do through the rest of the century.
Finally, to a good friend who asked me to be a reference for him:
Just got done talking with [the guy who’s interviewing you]. He had the standard set of questions: how long have you been a communist, why did your professional wrestling career end so abruptly, and what is your favorite flavor of Krispy Kreme.
I guessed “chocolate covered,” and my friend got the job.