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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Working With Crazy People
I've spent a good deal of my life working with people with various "quirks" shall we say. Actually, I've worked with some folk who were full goose Bozo as Robin Williams once described them. Extricating yourself from dysfunctional relationships with such people can be a tricky business. I described one client's style of "collaboration" thusly:
Here is what it's like to
work with you.
I say: "Rain is coming, we need to put up an umbrella."
You say: "Forget the umbrella. I need you to make a pair of blue
pants for me."
I say: "What kind of pants?"
You say: "The kind that has a pocket for my watch. And by the way,
where's my pocket watch that I ordered.?"
I say: "You asked for pants not a pocketwatch."
You say: "I want to hear a recording of where I asked you for
I say: "I've had it with this. It's raining and we don't have an
You say: "What umbrella? Why do we need an umbrella?"
I say: "Because it's going to rain and we don't want to get wet."
You say: "Well it's starting to rain now, so, where's my umbrella? I thought you were going to get me one!"
I say: "You told me to forget about the umbrella."
You say: "Show me where I wrote down for you to forget about the umbrella."
I say: "Aha! I have a recording of it!"
You say: "If it's not in writing, it's not legally binding! The original agreement stands."
I say: "But that was a verbal agreement too!"
You say: "Verbal agreements are binding in this state."
At this point I take off for the weekend and go hang out with
my other crazy people. By Monday I'll have to deal with the lawsuit, but I'll have had a couple of days to recover my strength.
That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoe-making and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse. -Mark Twain