Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A Special Kind of Stupid

That's what I've been repeating for the last 5 or 6 days. A special kind of stupid, not your regular garden variety of stupid, a special kind. This goes far beyond being "not the sharpest knife in the drawer", or maybe "not the brightest crayon in the box" or even "dumber than a box of rocks".

Nope, this is a special kind of stupid, the kind you have to mail away for cuz the stores don't carry it. Maybe from a catalog, or perhaps one of those late night infomercials with the guy that yells. This stupid is probably made in the USA and not China because there's certainly no defects to it. It's a special kind of stupid.

Trouble is, I don't necessarily know who it really applies to. I'd like to think it was in the possesion of the guys who used to work for me, that's right, used to. Or the guy I hired to keep watch over those guys, he's gone too. Or maybe, just maybe, it belongs to me for hiring all those guys. I'm a "the buck stops here" kinda guy so it does probably belong to me. So, it would only make sense that I would spend the last 5 or 6 days correcting problems, fixing stuff they did and installing product that I was told was already installed.

Ya'd think that grown-ups or adults or people that are old enough to have to work and pay their bills would have just a bit of responsibility about them. Well, you'd be wrong - at least as far as it applied to the bunch that I had working here. I've seen things in the last few days that have made me cringe and then wonder what kind of stupid you'd have to be to do something like that and then it hit me, a special kind of stupid.

I'd love to regale y'all with the gory details of the shit I've seen in the past week but that'd just bore ya. But believe this, it was fucking insane. I'd seen product installed so damn incorrectly that it would have been impossible to stand back from it and say "Hey, that looks good." I saw product installed in the wrong part of the building, that I fixed yesterday, 14 hours so school could open today. The effin morons installed it in the rooms that were to be demolished and remodeled this fall instead of the rooms that needed it to open today. And apparently my superintendant, my savior last spring, knew it and covered it up, hid it from me. WTF?

Yup, a special kind of stupid.

Guess I'm gonna be needing some help in the HR department, gotta get a new crew. I've got a couple of weeks to get it done, and well, that's what I do, get it done. Time to rethink some strategies, maybe alter the plans a little, but, life does go on and so will this biz. Just without so much stupid.

And now for something completely different... I want to say goodbye to MG, Margarita Girle, one of my mostest favoritest bloggers. A fan of tequila, Waffle House and loud angry music, she earned a place in my heart a few years ago and she signed off recently, to write here no more. I miss her and I wish her the best, always.


Blogger Charlie said...

thats a good saying..but unfortunate that you've had to use it so much.

3:14 AM  
Blogger April said...

I'm sorry, sugar...you don't deserve this kinda crap.


1:33 PM  
Blogger Devilbluedress said...

Special kind of stupid goes to my contractors working out front. They dug in the leach field for the septic tank.

Until I fix it, they are working in some nasty spelling water.

Hope that makes you smile!

1:02 AM  
Blogger Devilbluedress said...

ugh. It's that kind of week and I can't even spell.


1:03 AM  
Blogger Green Eyes said...

Sometimes you've got to start completely over with the staff until it's right.

I got complimented on my team last night, who have done great since I've been out sick. I'll help you hire if you need it. Although you really don't ya know.

Special kind of stupid... I like that!


9:27 PM  
Blogger just some dude said...

I install things, and it's going to start getting cold up here soon. Florida be nice might be nice in the winter. I could pick MG up on the way down, I'll even supply the Patron' for you two, I'll bring the beer for myself. ;-)

9:58 PM  
Blogger Still Searching... said...

Ooo, DAMN Billy!

That just sucks some really big bobo!

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I shall steal this saying from you,
well at least borrow it...

yeah, you got through...
always good to see a message from my pirate friend ;)

miss u too.

3:43 PM  

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