Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Stupid is as stupid does

There's an old, bad -- and very politically incorrect -- joke that goes something like this:
Why don't they have ice cubes in (insert name of some sovereign nation that you think is stupid)?

Because the lady with the recipe died.
Actually, that's a little insight into what it is like in my office these days. It's been ... um ... interesting as the dust settles and the responsibilities of those who were laid off this time are redistributed among those who remain.

I, for example, am getting some web-related jobs. This is both good and bad. Good because new skills are always valuable for some kind of new career. Bad because it feels so ghoulish.

But the stupidity of what was done is absolutely legion:

A major piece of office equipment malfunctioned on Monday. No one did anything about it and it was still not working Tuesday morning. This particular piece of equipment is reasonably vital to the smooth operation of my job, so we asked around that morning to see who could fix it.

It seems that the only person who really knew how to deal with that piece of equipment had been laid off the week before.

The only guy who knew how to bail had been let go, and now the ship was sinking and we had no bucket.

Brilliant.

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Apparently, my head is not completely in the game because I'm 48 hours late (not unusual) for something called Delurking Day.

It's a day set aside for people who read but never comment (lurk lurk lurk) to come out of the woodwork and make their presence known.

So I have a favor to ask. Make my crappy week a little brighter by delurking and leaving a little how-de-do in the comments.

I know you people are out there. I can hear you breathing.

I've even taken off the word verification, just to make it easier.

I promise I don't bite. I'd just like to be able to say hi.

42 comments:

Aoj and The Lurchers said...

I'm here as always...but then you knew that didn't you!?

Suzanne said...

Hi! I usually can't keep my mouth shut-today is no exception.

Apparently, the smoke detector over my head can't, either. It's chirping once a minute. I can't claim I laid off the person to deal with it, though.

Aliceson said...

I admit I am a lurker. I have been reading (er... stalking) for a while and never commented. You usually say it all so well.

Sarah said...

Hello :)

I lurk, via Aoj, because blogs are an excellent procrastination tool!

momx3 said...

Ok, I'm coming out of the woodwork.....I love your blog. You are on my favorites list and I check everyday. You are hilarious. I look forwrad to more hilarity..and fountain pics!!!

Indigo said...

You never know a persons worth until you need them and they're gone. It seems the powers that be should of known that little tidbit about laid off worker.

Delurkers, I'm almost afraid to ask mine. Alot of followers, not near as many comments, yet I do get enough. It's eerie sometimes thinking of them reading, wondering what they are thinking, Why, oh why, won't they tell me? (Hugs)Indigo

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Gina said...

I'm not a complete lurker, but "Hi" anyway!

Karen said...

Delurking...

*snort*

Ask your boss if you could get a raise if you learn to fix the broken thingy. Or would that just get you on the next lay-off list?

Katherine said...

Delurking, though I think I comment once in a blue moon. I usually hang out in my google reader.

Good luck with the equipment.

nikki said...

Pretend I'm a lurker, peeking in your windows! I promise I won't try to boil any pet bunnies.

Dina said...

I have just started lurking on your page since right after Thanksgiving. You and your kids are giving me great insight to what my life will be like later on down the road. You are fabulous.

Kristi said...

I've officially delurked. Hi!

Kaytabug said...

DANG woman! That is a lot of lurkers you have here and it is not even 9 AM central time!! I'm slightly jealous but you are AWESOME and AWESOME posts attract readers!! I have much to learn. Can I be your padawan? I can pay you in rum balls!!!

Crazy Mo said...

I'm sure I've posted before, but just in case I haven't it's hard to keep track sometimes! ... Hello Janet! You always manage to make me smile, if not laugh out loud. Keep it up!

maggie's mind said...

I'm delurking, kind of, and I've been laid off more than once at places where I knew I was the only one who knew some important bit of info.

LceeL said...

I'll give you dollars to donuts there's a company, nearby, that would LOVE to execute a service contract to support that major piece of office equipment. So you can do your job no matter WHO gets laid off. Even the person who is responsible for making sure office equipment is properly supported and functional.

kimberly said...

my name is kim...and i'm a lurker...i usualy lurk because i'm at work! but, today, i'm a commentor! have a great day!

Beckie said...

I'm here. Just quiet.

Burfica said...

I lurk once in a while, but usually I just stalk. hahahahahha

Janet said...

Not a lurker, but I've been masquerading as one the last month or so. I missed Delurking Day too.

The guy who knows how to fix that machine is laughing all the way to the unemployment office. For the time being at least. Have they rehired him yet?

Sarah said...

I'm a semi-lurker. Hi!

Melissa said...

De-lurker here, even though I just found your page today. Love it and I will be back!

Tami W. said...

Hi Janet,

I really enjoy your blog.

:) Tami

Issas Crazy World said...

I am a lurker over here, but I thought I'd say hi.

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

YAY! You turned off the verification. Thank you. ANd, no matter how bad the ship sinks? I'll be behind you and helping you bail.

Ali said...

Hey there. I've been reading for a while. Sorry for not saying 'hi' before.

Stacie said...

Lurker here--regular reader...horrible commenter. I do really enjoy your writing and your blog!

Momisodes said...

((((Hellooooooo there)))))

Sorry. I'm not a lurker. Just stopping over to say "hi" as I get back into the swing of things. So sorry to hear they're laying off where you are as well.

Crazed Mom said...

Hi::::::::::::waving:::::::::::

Glad my catheter stories amused you.


Hugz

Pamela said...

(I sort of hoped that when I walked away from m y job that they would have the same dilemma as yours did with the guy that got laid off)

as for de-lurking, isn't there some sort of spray for that. Like they use at the airport on the jets wings?

River said...

Not sure if I've ever commented here before, so here I am delurking. Hi.

justmylife said...

Hi, run by here to check out this wonderful thing called from the planet of Janet, I had heard it was a great place to visit. So yet another blog to go in the reader, you people need to quit being such great writers! heh!!

Christine said...

I lurk therefore I am.

Joanna said...

I'm not lurker, I's just late.

Trannyhead said...

Did this actually work for you? Dude - I get hundreds of readers a day and like 10 - 30 comments. What's up with that?

Debbie said...

I can't believe they let the person go without thinking that through. Remind me again why our economy is in trouble?
And I've never lurked anywhere. I think I wear neon and scream non-stop.

Jaina said...

Isn't it great when the bosses let people go and expect everyone else to magically know how to do their jobs?

Rachael said...

I'm late, but I'm here... I don't usually lurk but I actually HAVE been this week b/c I'm on vacation.

K said...

How dee do!

I always stalk you. But I have totally commented before. It just may be sproadic.

Janet said...

how-de-do ;-)

I'm not a lurker, altho I AM a late commenter!!!

Delusional Girl Ruby Soho said...

I've been reading for a bit. I'm even later than you with the de-lurking thing though!

 
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